Summer Submissions 2023

Deadline: July 1, 2023 11:59 pm (now closed)


  • Annual PSOV membership dues must be paid to be eligible to submit poems.
  • Previously published poems (in print or online) or simultaneously submitted poems are not eligible for submission.
  • Only one poem may be submitted to each of the seven Summer Contest awards.
  • Each submitted poem must have a title and one contest designation.
  • Length: See the individual contest descriptions for line limits.
    • Line counts (as specified for each award contest below) are firm and include the title, any epigraph, and all spaces between these as well as those spaces between all stanzas.
  • Form: Traditional, free-verse, or other styles are acceptable, but avoid overly long line length.


  • For submissions to the: Abelson, Audette, Barry, and Goldstein contests, send your entries to: Summer Contests- Juliana.
  • For submissions to the: Gleason, Spooner and Chris White contests, send your entries Summer Contests – Carol.
  • Use the subject Line: PSOV Summer Contests
  • The body of your email submission must contain your name, a list of the titles of the poems you are entering, and the name of the particular award each poem is entered for.
  • The poem(s) must be in a single attachment, formatted in single-spaced, Times New Roman 12-pt typeface, and sent in Microsoft Word.
  • Do not include your name or any other personal identifiers within the poem file you attach.

Download 2023 Guidelines Here.


For each award, judges will name one Winner, receiving a $50 prize, and publication in the 2024 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 2024 Mountain Troubadour

2022 Summer Contest Winners