Fall/Winter 2017 Contests are now OPEN.
Entry Deadline: October 15, 2017.
First Place winners in the last contests may not enter the same contests in this time. "Same contest" means one sponsored by the same person, even if the subject, title or prize amounts are different. NOTE: Second & Third Place Winners who won at least $10 & were published may NOT enter the same contest either.

Only one entry per contest/category. No previously published poems or poems accepted for publication elsewhere. And no poems entered in other contests anywhere.

Title and line breaks do Not figure into line counts--unless otherwise specified by the contest sponsor. Epigrams and other additions (like poetry form identification--unless required by the contest) are included in the line count. Single space.
Read and follow the guidelines for each contest! Poems have been disqualified by the judges for failure to do so. Please see complete rules at end of contest listings.

NOTE: NEW RULE effective with ALL Fall 2017 Contests: Poems must contain no more than 60 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation. (Lines with more than 60 characters on a 6x9 page may push a poem past category line limits and will result in disqualification.)

1. The Marcella Siegel Memorial Contest ($25)
Offered by Suzie Siegel in remembrance of her mother
for the best poem on women or a woman, no more than one page.
NOTE: Any form EXCEPT Prose. Also, avoid religious and "she sacrificed"-type themes.
(**Editor's note: One page is 6" x 9". Maximum 36 lines including title, author's name, and line breaks.)

2. Andrew Salinas Murguia Memorial Award ($25, $15, $10)
Offered by Antonia Salinas Murguia
in memory of her son, Andrew Salinas Murguia,
for the best poem on looking at the world through the eyes of an ADHD person with no reference to deity.
Any form—However, if a specific form (other than free verse) is used, please identify it above the poem. 32 line limit.

3. "My Baby Cakes" Award ($25)
Offered by Barbara Terrell Goerdel
in memory of Ernie.
For a poem on any subject, any form, maximum 28 lines.
"Poem must have simplicity, clarity, proper punctuation, and passion."

4. The Zephyrus Prize ($25)
Offered by Budd Powell Mahan
for a poem of no more than 20 lines that is about or includes the word "orange. “

5. QAMAR Award ($75, $50, $25)
Offered by Aman Khan
for a poem on any theme, 42 line limit,
written in any form except free verse.
Poet should name the form.

6. A Galaxy of Stars ($20)
Offered by your Editor, Barbara Blanks
for a poem, 20 lines or fewer, in Any Form.
about any interpretation of star or stars--in sky, in eyes, on screen, etc. Use your imagination, be clever, avoid cliches and religious themes.

7. Poets Be Cool ($20, $10)
Offered by Barbara Luke
for a poem in Any Form, Any Subject, 28 line limit.

8. The Birma Castle Award ($25)
Offered by Birma Castle
for a poem on: "The day I wanted the earth to swallow me."
Use your imagination to your advantage.
Any form, 28 Line Limit.
Do not use the subject as title of your poem or as a line in the poem.

9. Trimeric Award ($20)
Offered by Judy Davies
For a Trimeric poem on any subject of poet's choice. 13 lines.

Trimeric \tri-(meh)-rik\ is a four stanza poem in which the first stanza has four lines
and the last three stanzas have three lines each, with the first line of each repeating
the respective line of the first stanza. The sequence of lines is abcd, b – -, c – -, d – -. There is no line length, meter, or rhyme requirement or prohibition.

10. Poem as Prayer. ($25, $15, $10)
Offered by Bill Reyer
for a poem as prayer to whomever. Any form, thirty-six lines limit.
This genre is of the great tradition of John Donne, George Herbert, Anne Bradstreet, and Thomas Merton. A spiritual poetic effort that can only enrich your life through the attempt. Please avoid cloying emotional gush!
{Editor's note: This also means no sermonizing or proselytizing.}

11. The McCarthy Award ($15, $10)
Offered by LaVern Spencer McCarthy
for a poem  in Any Form, on Any Subject, with a 32 line limit.

12. "Spare Ribs" Contest ($20, $15)
Offered by Barbara Green Powell
for a poem of no more than 20 lines, in Free Verse.

13. The Latimer Prize ($25)
Offered by Linda Banks
in memory of her parents, Cecil and Lucille Latimer,
and her sister, Peggy Latimer Lee.
Subject: Nature's Gifts. Any form. 28 line limit.

14. "Da Iceman" Contest ($25, $20, $15)
Offered by Patrick Lee Marshall
for a Spoon River poem, spoken by an 18th Century poet (from the grave, of course.)
24 line limit. Free verse only.

15. Meeting of the Minds ($20, $15)
Offered by Von S. Bourland
for a poem in Any Form. Subject: Meeting of the Minds: poem based on learning experiences when meeting other poets; for example: by attending meetings such as NFSPS 2017 in Ft. Worth.
Line Limit: 25.

16. Mentor/Writer Marion Duckworth Award ($20, $15, $10)
Offered by Gail Denham
Up to 30 lines, any form or free verse.
Recent trips, even if it was only 2-3 days, did you discover something new? Have a hilarious encounter? Meet new friends. Experts tell us it helps the brain & body to travel, or even plan a vacation. I sure agree with that.

17. Little Things ($20, $15, $5)
Sponsored by Lois Pecce.
Theme: See contest title.
Any form or style. 26 lines limit. Looking for poetry, free verse or rhymed, but not prose.

18. Lewisville Laureate Award ($30, $20)
Offered by J. Paul Holcomb
for a poem (Any form) about, or set at, a Texas college or university.
Identify the school. 28 line limit.


Membership, contest sponsorship, patronage donations, and non-member entry fees may be paid by check, money order (Payable to A Galaxy of Verse), or through Paypal.com, to "galaxyofverse@gmail.com"

Please use the Pay Family/Friends option--Not the Pay for Goods option.

Please title all poems except haiku, tanka--ones traditionally not titled. And Please be sure to put Your name and category name & number on your entry! (not just in the subject line.)

$5 award poems will NOT be published without the poet's consent.

Current entry deadline October 15, 2017--in my hands by that date.

E-mail submissions preferred! Only one entry per contest/category. Members may enter without cost. Non-members must pay $5 per contest/category--and still only one entry per contest/category.

Poems must be your own work and may NOT have been published anywhere else including on-line, may not be under consideration by any other contest or media.

Only one copy with your name and contest # and title included is necessary--it will still be sent to the judge without I.D.

IF sending by US mail, one copy of each poem with your contact info is sufficient since I'll have to type it into the computer anyway. No fancy fonts, please. Please be sure to note the name and number of the contest you are entering!

If non-member, send entries (and check or money order) to:

A Galaxy of Verse Contests
Barbara Blanks, Editor
1518 Running River Rd
Garland, TX 75044

You may also pay via Paypal, payable to:    galaxyofverse@gmail.com
Sorry, no refunds.
Note:  No, you may not enter the contest you're sponsoring even if it's being judged by someone else. Yes, I've been asked that a couple of times.

Also note: GOV is published as a 6"x 9" book. Please keep that in mind as your line breaks and typeset may have  to change to accommodate that size.

Third note:  If there are five or fewer entries in any contest with a $25/up first place award, the sponsor has the option to not award the prize this time. They can hold it over until the next issue of Galaxy, either with the same theme or a different one. (Sorry, no refunds.)

If it is the postponed contest has the same theme, those who did enter have the option of re-entering that poem, or using it elsewhere. Sponsor/Judge will not see entries if contest is postponed.