THE IOWA POETRY ASSOCIATION'S
73rd Annual Contest

General Rules For All Divisions

Note: FAILURE TO OBSERVE RULES MAY DISQUALIFY ENTRIES.

  1. Contests are open to all persons with Iowa residence. (See College exception) No entry fee. No membership or book purchase required.
  2. Poems must be original and unpublished, including on-line and self publication.
  3. Poems must be submitted by their author, except for student poems, which may be submitted by teacher or parent.
  4. Vulgarity or pornography is NOT accepted.
  5. Up to 5 poems may be submitted by one author.
  6. All poems except haiku must have titles.
  7. 20-line limit unless otherwise specified. Line limits do not count title nor spaces between stanzas. Lines should not exceed 60 characters or editor may make arbitrary line breaks and count them as separate lines.
  8. Send poems after January 1, 2018 to editor for your division. Postmark deadline February 28, 2018.
  9. Winners and others to be published in Lyrical Iowa 2018 will be notified as soon as all judging is completed (mid-summer). No one will receive more than one award. No more than one poem will be printed per author. IPA has first publication rights; all other rights automatically revert to each author AFTER our publication in late fall.
  10. Poems may not be withdrawn after submission.

NEW RULES FOR ADULT SUBMISSIONS!

New PREFERRED method of submission:
Email AFTER JAN. 1, 2018 all poems together (up to 5) in ONE EMAIL typed or copied into the body of the email. NO ATTACHMENTS. At the beginning include your name, address, phone number, county, email and if first-time entrant in contest. Indicate category at top of each poem. Send to contest@iowapoetry.com by midnight Feb. 28th.

If you DO NOT have email, each poem must be on a separate 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper, typed or computer printed in plain font. Indicate category at top of each poem sheet. IN UPPER RIGHT Corner of each sheet, print author's name, address, phone number and county. Postmark deadline: Feb. 28, 2018. Include a self-addressed #10 business envelope with sufficient postage. Mail all together in business #10 envelope. DO NOT send registered mail. Send only ADULT entries to: Marilyn Baszczynski, Editor, 16096 320th Way, Earlham, IA 50072

Honorable mentions are awarded as merited.

GENERAL: Any subject in good taste, any form, 20 line limit. $60.00, $35.00, $20.00.

SONNETS: Shakespearean (English), Petrarchan (Italian), or other traditional 14 line sonnet forms. $30.00, $20.00, $10.00.

NATIONAL/WORLD EVENTS: Should focus on an event, not a general situation. Any form, 20 line limit. $25.00, $15.00, $10.00.

HAIKU: A configuration of 5/7/5 syllables does NOT make it haiku without other haiku characteristics. $25.00, $15.00, $10.00.

POEMS FOR CHILDREN: Poems written by adults in style and content appropriate for reading by or to children. Any form, 20 line limit. $20.00, $12.00, $8.00.

HUMOROUS VERSE: Subject humor, form rhymed and metered, 8 line limit. $20.00, $12.00, $8.00.

ALL SCHOOL DIVISIONS

All General Rules apply (#1-10 at top). Winners will be notified in May-June.

All poems: 20-line limit. Each poem must be on a separate 8 1/2" x 11" sheet, typed or computer printed in plain font.

NO EMAIL SUBMISSIONS for school divisions

COLLEGE DIVISION

Students whose homes are in Iowa but are studying outside the state are eligible to enter, as well as out-of-state students attending Iowa schools. (Graduate students should enter the adult division.)

Prizes: $25.00, $15.00, $10.00. Honorable mentions as merited.

All poems: 20-line limit. On each poem sheet IN UPPER RIGHT corner of each sheet, print author's name,name and location of school, school and home mailing addresses and an email address that is valid year round since results may not be determined until June.

Please include a #10 self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage for winners list and return of unused poems.

Send only COLLEGE entries to:

Rustin Larson
105 North D
Fairfield, IA 52556

NFSPS College/University Level $500 Awards
To access VERY specific rules and application form for this national contest, go to http://www.nfsps.com/scholarship.htm or send SASE to Marilyn J Baszczynski (address under Adult Division) with request for the "national college" rules.

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION (Grades 9 through 12)

All poems: 20-line limit. On each poem sheet, in upper right corner, please include:

  1. Your name and home address
  2. grade in school
  3. name of teacher
  4. name and mailing address of school
  5. parent and/or teacher's email address
Incomplete information causes delay and may disqualify your entries.

Poems may be submitted by student, teacher or parent. No high school poems are returned.

Prizes: $20.00, $12.00, $8.00, plus honorable mentions.

Send HIGH SCHOOL poems to:

Joy Lyle
17844 330th Street
Keota, IA 52248

GRADE SCHOOL DIVISION

All poems: 20-line limit. On each poem sheet, in upper right corner, please include:

  1. Your name and home address
  2. grade in school
  3. name of teacher
  4. name and mailing address of school
  5. parent and/or teacher's email address
Incomplete information causes delay and may disqualify your entries.

Poems may be submitted by student, teacher or parent. No high school poems are returned.

Grades K-4 and 5-8 are judged separately. Prizes are $15.00, $8.00 and $5.00, plus honorable mentions in each section.

Send only GRADE SCHOOL entries to:

Della Weems
32944 K Ave.,
Adel, IA 50003

ADDITIONAL STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

Some high-ranking 2018 student entries from grades 9-12 and 6-8 will be selected to represent Iowa in the Manningham Award. If one of your poems is chosen for this honor, you will be notified and asked to certify the originality of your poem.

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9-12 grade students may enter Contest #50 of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies' annual contest. These rules differ from IPA rules and must be followed carefully.

Any subject. Any form. 32 line limit. Prizes: $50, $30, $20, seven $5 honorable mentions. No entry fee. Jan 1 - March 15, 2018 only. Find complete rules online at: www.nfsps.com/poetry_contests.htm or request brochure from: Contest Chair Susan Maxwell Campbell, 115 North Wisteria, Mansfield, TX 76063-1835 susanmaxwellcampbell@gmail.com