Calling all poets! 2018 Maine Poets Society Contest

Calling all poets!

A message from the Maine Poets Society:


(Note: This is not a BHML contest.)


The Maine Poets Society is proud to present our inaugural (but we hope annual) prize poem contest.

The contest is open from January 1st 2018 to all Maine residents, including seasonal residents. If your entry will be postmarked out of state, please enclose a letter verifying your address when resident in Maine. There is a $5 entry fee.

The topic and form are left open to the poet’s judgment, but there is a line limit of 50 lines. Entries exceeding the limit will be disqualified.

Our distinguished judge in 2018 will be Betsy Sholl, Maine Poet Laureate from 2009-2013. Our prize of $100 will be presented at the 2018 Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance awards evening, which will be held on Thursday, June 14 in Portland.

Please send two copies of your poem, one of them identified with your name and contact details (mailing address, email address and telephone number) and one with no additional information on it, to MPS President Jenny Doughty, at 278 Flaggy Meadow Road, Gorham, ME 04038. Mark your envelope CONTEST.

The closing date for entries is March 10. Entries should be postmarked by that date.

Enclose a check for $5 payable to Maine Poets Society, with ‘Contest entry’ on the memo line. Enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope if you would like your entry returned.


(This is not a BHML contest.  We are just advertising it.)