Annual Poetry Contest
Entries to be made by February 1, 2016

Winners Honored on April 13, 2016, 1:00 p.m.



ELIGIBILITY: *Adults over 18; living within a 50-mile radius of St. Louis.

*Any person having won first prize in the contest twice within the last five years is ineligible for further cash awards but may be cited for honors.

RULES: *Submit TWO TYPED COPIES of TWO poems, which have never been published or won an award. 

*Use 8 1/2 x 11 paper with no more than one poem to a page. 

*Sign with pseudonym ONLY. 

*Type real name, address, e-mail address and telephone number on a separate sheet of paper and enclose with poems.  No manuscripts returned.

SEND TO: Marilyn Ortinau; ORIGINAL POETRY CONTEST;150 Von Behren Dr., Chesterfield, MO 63005

PRIZES:  $500,  $300, $150

*Emeritus Professor at Washington and Lee University 
*Nineteenth collection, Time’s Body: New and Selected Poems, 1994-2014, recipient of sixth Pulitzer Prize nomination 
*Poetry, fiction and criticism have won numerous awards, including fellowships from the NEH, the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as a residency at the Rockefeller Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy




ELIGIBILITY: High School Students in grades 10 through 12 in High Schools in St. Louis and the St. Louis area.

RULES: Entries must be submitted through the English Department.  Each student submits TWO original poems.  Send THREE copies of each poem, one poem to a page.  Students should sign each poem in the upper left hand corner with a pen name.  On a separate sheet of paper, student should sign real name, street address, zip code, email address, name of school, teacher’s full name and email address and seal in envelope with pen name on outside.

No manuscripts will be returned.

SEND TO: Betty Smith, Junior Poetry Contest, 555 Couch Avenue, Apt. #323, St. Louis, MO 63122, 314-394-1478

EMAIL: bettyjs@charter.net

PRIZES:$100, $80, $60, $40, $20, $10 for all honorable mentions


*Author of  two collections of poetry:  Enter Invisible and  Gin & Bleach.                           
* Nominated for 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Enter Invisible; Gin & Bleach was selected for the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature.
* Published in Poetry, The Nation, and The New Republic, featured on The Writer’s Almanac, included in Best American Poetry 2010.
* Won fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.
* Teaches at Kent State University and serves as The General Editor for the Wick Poetry Center’s Ohio Chapbook Series.