New England Poetry Contests are officially OPEN!


The Board of the New England Poetry Club has revised its contests and is excited to announce the following prizes, which are open to all writers in English. We hope you will be inspired to send your work.

 Samuel Washington Allen Prize: For a long poem or poem sequence of 3 to 10 pages, single-spaced.

This prize honors the legacy of the African-American poet, translator, professor, and former New England Poetry Club leader, Samuel Washington Allen, who also published as Paul Vesey.

Judge: Marilyn Nelson, distinguished poet and educator, recipient of the Golden Rose from the New England Poetry Club, among many other honors, is the author of seven full-length collections as well as numerous books for young people.

E. Cummings Prize: For a compelling, lyrical, or experimental poem under 21 lines.

This prize recognizes one of the New England Poetry Club’s most famous charter members.

 Judge: Regie Gibson, visionary poet and educator, has lectured and performed around the world.

Amy Lowell Prize: For an outstanding poem of any length or style.

This prize recognizes the charismatic poet who was the New England Poetry Club’s first president.

Judge: Mary Buchinger, current President of NEPC;

Der-Hovanessian Prize: For a translation from any language; the original poem should be authored by someone other than the translator. Include the poem in the original language along with the translation.

This long-standing prize is named in honor of poet and translator Diana Der-Hovanessian who led the New England Poetry Club with vision and energy for decades.

Judge: Susan Barba, poet, translator, and senior editor for New York Review of Books, holds a doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University and is the author of Fair Sun

Book Prizes

 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize: For a chapbook of poems published in the last two years.

Judge: Krysten Hill, educator, poet, and performer, was awarded New England Poetry Club’s Jean Pedrick Prize in 2017 for her chapbook, How Her Spirit Got Out.

Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize: For a book of poems published in the last two years.

Judge: Danielle Legros Georges, poet, educator, and Boston’s Poet Laureate, was awarded the Sheila Margret Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club for her book, The Dear Remote Nearness of You.

Submission Period
April and May only; entries received outside these months will not be considered.
Winners announced in August/September on our website, and on Facebook and Twitter.

Click on CONTEST tab for information about how to submit your work!