Summer Contests

PSOV members may submit poems to the seven Summer Contests as a member benefit. Summer Contest winners and second place poems will be published in The Mountain Troubadour. Members may submit one poem to each contest as outlined in the Summer Contest Submissions Guidelines.

Seven PSOV Summer Contest Awards:


CAROL AND ARNOLD ABELSON AWARD. An event or place that fosters opposition, controversy, and/or social change. The event can be historical or reflect a current political situation. 40 line limit. First prize is $50, second prize, $25. Both first and second prize poems will be printed in The Mountain Troubadour.

MARY MARGARET AUDETTE MEMORIAL AWARD. Light or humorous verse, 32 line limit. Prize for the winning poem is $50. Both the Winner and the Honorable mention will be printed in The Mountain Troubadour

J.RICHARD BARRY MEMORIAL AWARD. Vermont or country theme, 32 line limit. Prize for the winning poem is $50. Both the Winner and the Honorable mention will be printed in The Mountain Troubadour

MARIAN GLEASON MEMORIAL AWARD. Any theme, 20 line limit. Prize for the winning poem is $50. Both the Winner and the Honorable mention will be printed in The Mountain Troubadour.

GOLDSTEIN MEMORIAL AWARD. Any theme, 40-line limit. Prize for the winning poem is $50. Both the Winner and the Honorable mention will be printed in The Mountain Troubadour.

LAURA J. SPOONER MEMORIAL AWARD Best love poem, 40 line limit. Prize for the winning poem is $50. Both the Winner and the Honorable mention will be printed in The Troubadour.

CHRIS WHITE MEMORIAL AWARD Theme: science, science fiction or math, 25-line limit. Prize for the winning poem is $50. Both the Winner and the Honorable mention will be printed in The Troubadour.

Please follow the Summer Contest Submissions Guidelines before submitting poems.

Summer Contest Awards: For each of the seven contests, judges will name one winner, receiving a $50 prize, and publication in the upcoming Mountain Troubadour. Judges will also name an Honorable Mention for six of the contests; the Abelson contests awards $25 to a second-place winner. All six Honorable Mentions and the second-place winner will be published in The Mountain Troubadour.

Judges: Summer Contest poems will be judged by a select group of poets chosen by the PSOV Summer Contests Co-chairs and committee. The judges are non-PSOV Members with extensive experience in writing and publishing poetry. Many have experience teaching poetry or working in the literary community. Here is a link to the Judges for the 2024 Summer Contests and Troubadour Awards.