Contests

Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs 2014 (click for details)
36th Annual Fall Rendezvous Contest
October 10 – 12, 2014

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2014 Florida State Poets Association Contest Winners

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FLORIDA STATE POETS ASSOCIATION, INC., 2015 CONTESTS

# 1 FSPA FREE VERSE AWARD
Subject: Any.  Form: Free Verse.  1 page limit.
1st Place $100. 2nd Place $75. 3rd Place $50
3 HM Entry fee $2 per poem, limit 2 poems.
Sponsored by FSPA, Inc.

# 2 FSPA FORMAL VERSE AWARD
Subject: Any.  Form: Formal Verse (put form name at top of page) 1 page limit.
1st Place $100. 2nd Place $75. 3rd Place $50
3 HM Entry fee $2 per poem, limit 2 poems.
Sponsored by FSPA, Inc.

# 3 JOSEPH A. CAVANAUGH, SR.
MEMORIAL AWARD
Subject: Ireland (See web link at bottom of page.)
Form: Any
1st Place $100. 2nd Place $50. 3rd Place $25
3HM  Sponsored by Friends & Family of
Joseph A. Cavanaugh, Sr.

#4 THE CRESCENDO AWARD
Subject: A response to hearing a musical performance
Form: Any
1st Place $50. 2nd Place $35. 3rd Place $15
3HM Sponsored by Judith & Randall Krum

#5  HENRIETTA & MARK KROAH FOUNDERS AWARD
(Free to FSPA Members)
Subject: Cleaning out the garage.
Form: Any
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10
3HM  Sponsored by FSPA, Inc.

#6  PAST PRESIDENTS AWARD
Subject: Going to the dentist. Form: Any
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10
3HM  Sponsored by Past Presidents of FSPA

# 7 O HAPA DAYS
Subject: A mixed race/heritage/cultural
observation or experience. (See web link at bottom of page.)
Form: Any.    30 Line Limit.
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd PL $10
3HM  Sponsored by J. C. Kato

#8 THE GRATEFUL POET AWARD
Subject: A tribute to one thing that you find moving, amazing or praiseworthy. Form: Ode – rhymed or unrhymed.  (See web link at bottom of page.)
1st PL $25. 2nd PL $15. 3rd PL  $10
3HM  Sponsored by Betty Prisendorf

#9  STORY TIME
Subject: Any.   Form: Ballad.
30 Line Limit.
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10 3HM
Sponsored by Virginia Buelke

# 10  A POET’S VISION
Subject: Any.   Form: Any.
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10
3HM  Sponsored by Janet Watson

# 11  RANDALL CADMAN MEMORIAL AWARD
Subject: Any.   Form: Sonnet (humorous). 14 lines
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10
3HM  Sponsored by New River Poets

# 12  LAVAUGHN HESS MEMORIAL AWARD
Subject: Family.   Form: Haiku.
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10
3HM  Sponsored by Jennifer Hess Burrows

# 13 THE MINUTE AWARD
Subject: Any.   Form: Minute. (12 Line Limit)
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10
3HM  Sponsored by Joyce Shiver
(See web link at bottom of page.)

# 14  ADRIENNE RICH MEMORIAL AWARD
Subject: One lover speaking to another.
Form: Ghazal – 5 or 6 couplets in length. Unmetered, unrhymed; see her “Homage to Ghalib” (See web link at bottom of page.)
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10
3HM   Sponsored by Peter Hanen

# 15 WILLARD B. FOSTER MEMORIAL AWARD
Subject: How courage is revealed.
Form: Any.     60 Line Limit.
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10.
3HM  Sponsored by John F. Foster

# 16 SUNSHINE POETS AWARD
Subject: Any.   Form: Villanelle. 19 Line Limit
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10
3HM  Sponsored by Sunshine Poets

# 17 THE PEACE AWARD
Subject: Peace.  Form: Any. 50 Line Limit
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10
3HM  Sponsored by Coleen T. Ward in honor of her children and grandchildren

# 18 THE LIVE POETS AWARD
Subject: The Dark Side.   Form: Any.
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10
3HM  Sponsored by Live Poets Society of
Daytona Beach

# 19 JUNE OWENS MEMORIAL AWARD
Subject: On Opening & Closing.   Form: Any.
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10
3HM  Sponsored by New River Poets

# 20 MIAMI POETS AWARD
Subject: The Cosmos.   Form: Any.
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10
3HM  Sponsored by Miami Poets

# 21 TOMOKA POETS AWARD
Subject: 1st Love (person or thing) Form: Any.
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10
3HM  Sponsored by Tomoka Poets

# 22 THE UNFORGOTTEN
Subject: From the grave.   Form: Spoon River.
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10
3HM  Sponsored by Virginia Buelke

# 23  WINKLEBLECK’S CHALLENGE
In Memory of Mary Winklebleck. 40 Line Limit.
Subject: Any, serious or humorous.  Form: Any.
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10
3HM  Sponsored by Barbara Blanks

# 24 HAIKU AWARD
Subject: Nature. Form: Haiku. 3 Line Limit. 5/7/5
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10
3HM  Third Dimension Poets of Broward County

# 25 JANE OPEL MEMORIAL AWARD
Subject: Any.   Form: Any.
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10
3HM
Sponsored by Poetry For the Love of It

#26 EDNA & WALTER REDEMANN MEMORIAL AWARD
Subject: Patriotism (USA or State). Form: Any
1st Place $25. 2nd Place $15. 3rd Place $10
3HM  Sponsored by Janet R. Sage

CONTEST RULES

Please read carefully and follow all directions.  Any violations will disqualify submission.

ALL POEMS MUST:

  • be the original work of the contestant
  • be unpublished in any form
  • not have won more than $10 in any contest
  • be written in English
  • be titled unless a sijo or haiku
  • have a 40 lines limit unless stated otherwise
  • not be simultaneously entered in any other contest

2.  CATEGORY SPECIFICS:

  • The same poem must not be entered in more than one category.
  • Categories 1 & 2 are limited to 2 entries per category per poet.  Categories 3 through 26 are limited to one entry per category per poet.

3.  FORMAT:

  • Typed, single-spaced on one side of 8.5” x 11” white paper.  No illustrations.
  • Submit 2 copies – both with number & name of category on upper left.
  • Poet’s  name, address, phone & email on duplicate copy only on upper right.
  • Mail all entries together in one envelope with check or money order payable to FSPA, Inc. using regular first class mail.

4.  FEES: 

  • Categories 1 & 2 are $2 per poem. (2 poem limit per category).
  • Category 5 is free to FSPA members only – all others must pay $1.00.
  • Remaining categories are $1.00 each.  Please do not send cash..  Make checks or money orders payable to FSPA, Inc.

5. PUBLISHING RIGHTS:

  • Poets give FSPA, Inc. exclusive first printing rights to all 1st place winning poems awarded in the FSPA, Inc. Annual Contest.
  • 1st Place winning poems will be printed in the  FSPA Anthology.
  • The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks having more than 50 characters per line, including spaces.
  • Printing rights revert to the poet after the Anthology is published (October, 2015).

SUBMISSION PERIOD:

  • May 1 to July 15, 2015
  • July 15, 2015  is a “Postmarked by” date.

MAIL ENTRIES TO:

Ms. B.J. Alligood, 688 Branch Drive, Port Orange, FL 32127

Winners will be  posted by October 2015 on this website.

The Web Links below are provided to give explanatory information about several of the contest categories.

Category 3 Web Link:

http://www.floridastatepoetsassociation.org/Irish%20Poetry%20Contest%20Details.pdf

Category 7 Web Link

http://www.floridastatepoetsassociation.org/OHapaDays7.pdf

Category 8 Web Link

http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/poetic-form-ode

Category 13 Web Link

http://www.worth1000.com/contests/22833/poetry-minute-poems/rules

Category 14 Web Link

http://www.newpoetspress.com/ghazal.html