James H. Nash Poetry Contest
SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN
First Prize: $500
First place winner will receive a newsletter feature. First place and finalists will all receive a website feature.
2023 Contest Judge:
Photo credit: Sharon Gottula
Hadara Bar-Nadav is an NEA fellow and author of several award-winning books of poetry, among them The Singing Pills (forthcoming), The New Nudity, Lullaby (with Exit Sign), The Frame Called Ruin, and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight, as well as the chapbooks Fountain and Furnace and Show Me Yours. She is also co-author with Michelle Boisseau of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8th ed. Hadara is a Professor of English and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
February 1 – March 15
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
- Saint 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 Saint 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 late April (NOTE: to be notified by mail, include self-addressed stamped envelope with mailed entry)
First place and finalists are invited to read their poems at Saint 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:
Saint Louis Poetry Center
Nash Poetry Contest
3301 Washington Ave. # 2D
St. Louis, MO 63103
ONLINE, EMAIL & POSTMARK DEADLINE: March 15, 2023
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