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 Coordinator
187 Meadow Rd
Portsmouth, NH 03801
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 two 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 our quarterly magazine, The Poets Touchstone, and winning poets will receive one copy of the issue in which their poems appear. Rights revert to the author after publication.
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. Deadlines are: May 15th and November 15th.
- Mail poems and check payable to the Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH) to the coordinator at the address above.
Members Contest Coordinator
998 West Shore Road
Bristol, NH 03222
The society sponsors four 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 The Poets' Touchstone. Rights revert to the author after publication.
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 February, May, August and 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.
John Ferguson, Editor
315 Richards Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801-5239
We encourage all members to submit work for consideration. Please include your phone number and e-mail contact information in case we need to communicate with you. All rights revert to authors and artists upon publication, but if you do resubmit elsewhere, please credit The Poets’ Touchstone. Book reviews, essays on poetry, black & white artwork and poems may be submitted directly to the Editor, via mail or e-mail above.
Poetry Contest for College Students
The Poetry Society of New Hampshire is holding a poetry contest open to all college undergraduates. The winning poet will receive a $200 prize and publication of the winning poem in The Poets' Touchstone. The contest will be judged by a poet who is not a member of the society. The reading fee is $3 per submission. The contest opens February 1 and the deadline is March 15. Please submit a single poem here: Submit to PSNH. The winner will be announced by the end of May. Any questions may be sent to contest coordinator Melissa Varnavas.
Student Poetry Contests
Junior Contest Coordinator
Poetry Society of New Hampshire
21 Finethy Road
Alton, NH 03809
Senior Contest Coordinator
64 Promenade Street
Gorham, NH 03581
Rules for Poetry Society of New Hampshire Contest
- This contest is open to all students attending Grades 1-12 in New Hampshire.
- Submissions may be made by students or submitted by teachers as multiple entries for their class as long as PSNH's submission requirements below are met.
- Three poem limit per student.
- Prepare two copies of each submission.
- The first copy of each poem shall be without any personal identification.
- The second copy shall have the following in the upper right hand corner: The student’s name, home address and email address, the school’s name and address, and the student’s grade in school. It must have a signed statement certifying that the poem is original and has not been copied, in whole or in part, from another author’s work (including poems posted on the internet).
- Both copies must state "Junior Division" (grades 1-8) or "Senior Division (High School) in the upper left hand corner.
- Submissions may have been previously published and may have won prizes.
- Line limit is 40 lines. Any style. Theme is Open.
- All poems shall be neatly typed or computer-generated on white paper. If the poem is longer than a single page then staple the second page to the first.
- Please no large print, illustrations or unusual type fonts (for example: Gothic or script).
- Include one stamped, self-addressed #10 business-sized envelope (SASE) with your entry.
- Up to ten winning poems in each division will be published in The Poets’ Touchstone.
- Postmarked deadline every year is April 30.
- We cannot be responsible for poems lost or delayed by the mail. No poems will be returned, so do not send your only copies. Entries that do not follow the guidelines will be neither considered nor returned.
- Please mail poems to the appropriate coordinator above.