Contests & Submissions

The PSNH offers opportunities for publication both through direct submissions to the editor and through our contests. In addition to publication of winning poems there are cash prizes for our National and Members contests.

National Contest

National Contest Coordinator
Robert Crawford
280 Candia Road
Chester, NH 03036

Please note limit is forty lines. Name and address must appear in the upper left hand corner of the copy on which they appear. NO identification is to appear anywhere on the second copy.

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire sponsors one National Contests open to all poets, members or not. Judges for the contests are not members of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire. Prizes are awarded to four places, 1st place, $100, 2nd place, $50, 3rd and 4th places $25 each. Winning poems will be published in the Summer (August) issue of our biannual magazine, The Poets Touchstone, and winning poets will receive one copy of the issue in which their poems appear.

Guidelines

Entries that do not meet the guidelines will not be considered or returned. Poems must be postmarked by the deadline date.

  • Subject and form are open.
  • Length limited to 40 lines.
  • One poem per page.
  • Poems must be typed.
  • Two copies of each poem, one with NO identification (no name, no address), the other with the name and address in the upper left corner.
  • #10 SASE for winners list only. Poems will not be returned.
  • Entry fee is $3 for the first poem, and $2 each for others. Entries limited to 5 poems per poet per contest.
  • Poems must not be previously published, have won a prize, nor be currently entered in another contest.
  • Poems must be postmarked by the deadline date.
    Deadline is May 15th
  • Mail poems and check payable to the Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH) to the coordinator at the address above.

Members Contest

Melanie Chicoine
Members Contest Coordinator
P.O. Box 1118
Amherst, NH 03031-1118
melaniecpoetry@gmail.com

The society sponsors one members only contests. Judges are also members. Prizes are awarded as follows: 1st Place – $25, 2nd Place – $15, 3rd Place – $10. Winning poems will be published in the Winter (January) issue of The Poets Touchstone. Rights revert to the author after publication.

Guidelines:

Entries that do not meet the guidelines will not be considered or returned.

  • Entries must be post-marked by the applicable deadline: the 15th of November.
  • Subject and form are open, unless otherwise stated.
  • Limited to 40 lines including blank lines between stanzas.
  • One poem per page.
  • Entries limited to one poem per poet per contest.
  • Poems must be typed.
  • Submit two copies of each poem: one with NO identification (no name, no address), the other with your name and contact info in the upper left corner.
  • Note contest deadline on outside of envelope.
  • #10 SASE for winners’ list only.
  • Poems will not be returned.
  • Decisions of the Judge are final.
  • Poems must not be previously published, have won a prize, nor be currently entered or submitted elsewhere.
  • Mail poems to the coordinator at the address above.


Apply to be the next NH Youth Poet Laureate!

The NH Youth Poet Laureate (NHYPL) is an honorary one-year position held by a NH high school student who has shown a dedication to and excellence in writing, and who demonstrates the enthusiasm to share it with the public. The NHYPL serves as an ambassador who will heighten the visibility and value of poetry by and for young people in New Hampshire. 

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Direct Submissions

We encourage all members to submit work for consideration. Please upload your book reviews, essays on poetry, and poetry submissions through the "Submit" page of The Poets' Touchstone blog: PSNHtouchstone.wordpress.com

If you cannot upload your submissions, please mail them to:

J.S. Graustein
79 Tracy Way
Meredith, NH 03253

Please include your phone number and contact information so we may communicate with you. All rights revert to authors and artists upon publication, but if you do resubmit elsewhere, please credit The Poets' Touchstone.

Questions? Please email the editors: thePoetsTouchstone@gmail.com