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New England Poetry Club Contests

Results in September

* Annual contests: open in April/May.

* Student contests:by March 27.

See Student contests descriptions here.

Contest Dates

Annual Contests are open in April and May only.
Entries must be sent and postmarked in April and May only.

Winners are announced online in September/October.

See below for descriptions of the various contests. Students, read here.

Contest Guidelines

* All contests are open to members in good standing except Board members.

* Non-members may enter by paying $10 for up to 3 contests (one poem per contest) and $3 for each additional contest. Make checks out to New England Poetry Club (no charge for students and members).

* Only one poem per contest.

* Entries must be original unpublished (cannot be in print or online) poems in English.

* No poem may be entered in more than one contest, nor should it have won a previous contest.

* Poems should be typed and submitted in duplicate, with the author's name and address on one copy. Include an email address too, if possible.

* Label poems with the name of the contest.

* No entries will be returned.

* No entries should be sent special delivery or express mail. Regular mail only. No email entries.

* Mark the name or names of the contest(s) entered on the envelope before mailing.

* New England Poetry Club (NEPC) will not engage in correspondence regarding poems submitted or contest decisions.

* Judges are well-known poets, and sometimes are winners of previous NEPC contests.

* Judges reserve the right not to select a winner.

* All entries (unless otherwise noted) should be sent to: NEPC Contest Coordinator, C/O Kalajian, 376-A School St., Watertown MA 02472

The Golden Rose Award

Golden Rose
Given annually since 1920 to a poet who has done the most for the art in the previous year or in a lifetime. Recipients chosen by the Board. Click here for a history of the Award.

May Sarton Award

Given intermittently to a poet whose work is an inspiration to other poets. Recipients chosen by the Board.

Members-Only Contests

Rosalie Boyle/Norma Farber Award
For a poem in traditional form, including sonnet, villanelle, and sestina. Prize $100.

Gretchen Warren Award
For the best published poem of the previous year. (Members of the governing board may not enter any competition except this one.) Send 2 copies of up to 4 poems, with dates and names of publications, author’s name on one copy. No cash award.

Contests Open to Members and Non-Members

Daniel Varoujan Award
For an unpublished poem (not a translation) worthy of Daniel Varoujan, a poet killed by the Turks in the genocide which destroyed three-fourths of the Armenian population. Previous winners may not enter again. Prize $1000. Funded by Diana Der-Hovanessian's translation royalties.

Der-Hovanessian Prize
For a translation from any language. Send a copy of the original with the poem. Prize $200. Funded by John Mahtesian.

Erika Mumford Prize
For a poem in any form about foreign culture or travel. Prize $250. Funded by her family and friends.

Firman Houghton Award
For a lyric poem in honor of the former president of the NEPC. Prize $250.

Barbara Bradley Award
For a lyric poem under 21 lines, written by a woman. Prize $200.

Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize
For a chapbook of poems published in the last two years. Send 2 copies of the book with $5 handling fee for non-members. Prize $100.
Send to 2 Farrar Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Sheila Margaret Motton Prize
For a book of poems published in the last two years (current year minus 2). Send 2 copies of the book with $5 handling fee for non-members. Prize $500.
Send to 2 Farrar Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

 Contests Open to Students

Contest deadline: March 27

No fee for full time students.

Submit in duplicate, with school name, grade, address and email address of student, and contest name on one entry.

Send to: Children's Contests, Longfellow National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge MA 02138

The John Holmes Award
For a poem by a student enrolled in a New England college. Modest monetary award: between $10 - $25

Ruth Berrien Fox Award
Given for a poem by a Massachusetts High School student. Modest monetary award: between $10 - $25

Longfellow Prize
For poems by Massachusetts students in elementary and middle schools. Prize $100.
Funded by Friends of Longfellow House Frank Buda Memorial Fund.

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Contest Results

2014 contest results.

2013 contest results.

2012 contest results.

2011 contest results.

2010 contest results.

2009 contest results.

2008 contest results.