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


Congratulations to our 2019 Winners!

Keith Byler
Five O’clock News

Lizzy Petersen
“Elizabeth Mayfield, ca. 1940”

Steven D. Schroeder