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Check in to our Facebook page every week for updates on a variety of poetry contests posted by our Communications Chair, Shelly Thieman. There are many opportunities for publication for you to peruse. If you have not yet joined our Facebook group, send us a request.

For College/University Students

IF YOU HAVE COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY LEVEL persons in your family or in your acquaintance who have poetic tendencies, alert them to the special manuscript competition NFSPS conducts. Please check the NFSPS website for submission guidelines. Contest opens Dec. 1st 2019 with deadline Jan. 31, 2020. Two awards of $500 each and 75 copies of the manuscript published by NFSPS are given, plus a $300 stipend if the winner attends the NFSPS convention in June. No entry fee.

NFSPS Contests

Don't forget the 50-category NFSPS CONTESTS. Your IPA membership (if paid by Mar.1st) entitles you to the "member" rate, which means you can enter 48 poems (or as many categories as your work will fit into) for a total fee of $10.00. Deadline is March 15, 2020 postmark so get to work NOW! You can print or download the contest brochure from the NFSPS website.

THINGS ALL POETS KNOW -- MAYBE

SASE means self-addressed stamped envelope and should be included with each request for information/rules and with all contest or potential publication submissions (unless guidelines specifically say "no SASE.") Send a #10 (business-size 9.5"x4.5") envelope.

There are MANY sites where you can share your poems on the internet. Do not forget, a poem placed on the internet is published and cannot be entered as an unpublished poem in contests where this is a requirement.

Rules need to be read carefully and followed exactly. In a few cases kind-hearted contest chairs will overlook your deviations, but most will disqualify poems that ignore one or more guidelines, either intentionally or carelessly. Why waste your time and postage if your submission never gets into the judge's or editor's hands?

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