James H. Nash Poetry Contest
Congratulations to our 2020 Winner & Honorable Mentions!
2020 Judge’s Statement
“What a gift to read these poems, I have learned so much. Early on, it became clear to me that I would have to make a citation for the ten finalists I have read, as well as for the winner and honorable mentions. There is just so much beauty in this work, so much talent. Gratitude to these poets for their work.”
After a Nightmare
image credit: Jessica Page
Congratulations to our 2020 Finalists!
Rita Rouvalis Chapman
Some Notes on the Body
Oh You Think You Bad, Huh?
Fire of the Mind
Rachel Linn Shields
Mihi Nomed Est
Calculate the Hypotenuse
Getting & Spending
I Want to Write a Poem with Frederic Rzewski In It
SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED
Submissions for SLPC’s 2020 Nash Poetry Contest are now closed. The contest will reopen for submissions on Jan. 1, 2021.
First Prize: $500
2 honorable mentions
First place winner will receive a newsletter feature. First place and honorable mentions will all receive a website feature, and will be published in and receive a free copy of St. Louis Poetry Center’s annual chapbook.
2020 Contest Judge: Ilya Kaminsky
January 1 – March 1
Entry Fee: $10
(free for SLPC members)
- Open to all current SLPC members, and to current residents or students in the St. Louis metro area living within a 100-mile radius of St. Louis City
- St. Louis Poetry Center board members are not eligible to enter the contest
- Submit up to 2 typed poems per entry, any form and length
- No manuscripts will be returned
- Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but previously published or award-winning poems are not eligible (including those that have appeared on social media, websites, blogs, etc)
- Additional poems will be accepted with additional entry fees
- Entry fee is $10, make checks payable to St. Louis Poetry Center (NOTE: entry fee waived for current SLPC members, free entry with new/renewed membership)
- Enclose a cover sheet that includes: name, address, phone number, email address and the titles of the poems submitted
- Name and address on cover sheet only, no identifying information on poems
- Contest results will be announced in April (NOTE: to be notified by mail, include self-addressed stamped envelope with mailed entry)
First place and honorable mentions are invited to read their poems at St. Louis Poetry Center’s annual Poetry Concert.
HOW TO SUBMIT:
Email* entries to:
*If submitting entries by email, attach cover sheet & poems as separate Word or PDF documents. Include a copy of your entry fee receipt or new/renewed membership receipt with your poems (if applicable).
Mail entries with entry fee and SASE to:
St. Louis Poetry Center
Nash Poetry Contest
3301 Washington Ave. 2D
St. Louis, MO 63103