James H. Nash Poetry Contest

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

Submissions Open:
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.


Email* entries to:
[email protected]

*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