Poetry Contest: The Beauty of New Hampshire

In celebration of Poetry Month in April 2024, the Newbury Library and the John Hay Literary Society are opening a call for submissions to their upcoming poetry contest. Writers are invited to compose a poem on the theme: The Beauty of New Hampshire.

Please read the rules for submission carefully:

  • Poets may submit one (1) original unpublished poem inspired by the theme. 
  • Poems should be typed in a 12-pt, or larger font.
  • Poems should be no longer than one, “8.5 inch by 11 inch,” page. 
  • Poets should submit by mail (address below). Send two (2) copies of your poem: one copy including your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. The second copy should have no identifying information.
  • The winning poets will be notified (by telephone or e-mail) by March 29th and will be invited to read their poem at the April 5th event described below.
  • Contestants who want to receive a list of contest winners should also submit a stamped, self-addressed envelope with their entries. There is no fee for submission.
  • Submissions should be mailed by March 14th, 2024 to Dianalee Velie, PO Box 290, Newbury, NH 03255, (603) 938-2734, dianaleevelie@aol.com.
  • There will be 3 cash prize winners in the adult category: First, Second and Third.
  • There will be one cash prize winner in each of the following categories: High School, Middle School and Elementary School.

The judge for the contest is Ewa Chrusciel.  Ewa Chrusciel is a poet, translator, and professor at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. She is the author of four books of poems in English—Yours, Purple Gallinule, Of Annunciations, Contraband of Hoopoe, and Strata–as well as three books in Polish. She is a recent recipient of the Marion Whiting Fellowship.

The winning poets will be honored and invited to read their poems in a public celebration of poetry at a Center for the Arts First Friday Event on April 5, 2024 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. This event will take place at the Newbury Library, 933 Route 103, Newbury, NH.

Public invited ~ Refreshments served~ No charge for admission!

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