Summer Contests

held in August at different locations each year

Members may submit poems to each of the seven summer contests. Please follow the summer contests Submission Guidelines here.

  • 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.
  • MARY MARGARET AUDETTE MEMORIAL AWARD. Light or humorous verse, 32 line limit.
  • J.RICHARD BARRY MEMORIAL AWARD. Vermont or country theme, 32 line limit.
  • MARIAN GLEASON MEMORIAL AWARD. Any theme, 20 line limit.
  • GOLDSTEIN MEMORIAL AWARD. Any theme, 40-line limit.
  • LAURA J. SPOONER MEMORIAL AWARD.  Best love poem, 40 line limit.
  • CHRIS WHITE MEMORIAL AWARD. Theme: science, science fiction or math, 25-line limit.


For each award, judges will name one Winner, receiving a $50 prize, and publication in the The 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 The Mountain Troubadour.