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Summer Poetry Contests

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The Poetry Society of Vermont is preparing for the Summer Poetry Contests which begin on July 1st and close on July 31st. Contest co-chairs, Kristine Korman and Juliana Anderson have selected outside judges for the seven Summer Contests and the two Troubadour Awards. They have been working with Elizabeth McCarthy, PSOV Web Manager to update the Summer Contests guidelines and submission process which now includes two options for submitting poems; Option #1 PSOV Google Form and Option #2 Sending via Email. The Summer Contest Co-Chairs will send instructions for how to submit your poems soon, they are not accepting poems until July 1st. In the meantime, you can follow the contest guidelines below and begin to prepare your poems for submission.

Summer Contests:

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.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Membership dues must be paid.
  • One poem per contest.
  • Font 12-pt. Times New Roman.
  • Line count (as specified for each contest above) including:
    • title, any epigraph, and all lines and empty line spaces between lines & stanzas.
  • No previously published poems.
  • Simultaneous Submissions are accepted, notify us immediately if accepted elsewhere.
  • Do not include your name anywhere in the submitted poem document.
  • Submit poems in separate MSWord doc or Google doc files and use poem title as file name.
  • We do not accept AI-generated work.
  • Submissions that do not follow the guidelines and instructions will not be considered.

Please share this update with poet friends and encourage them to consider joining the Poetry Society of Vermont so they too can enter the seven Summer Contests which are free to all PSOV members.

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