The Literary Arts Guild of the Center for the Arts call for Submissions

8 months ago

The Literary Arts Guild of the Center for the Arts, Lake Sunapee Region, in Celebration of Poetry Month 2022, calls for submissions to its Annual Poetry Contest.

Theme: Farming in New Hampshire is vibrant and varied, from blueberries to bison, from eggs to emus, and many tempting products in between. For our poetry contest 2022, submit a poem about a favorite farm, farmer or farm product that fascinates you. Have fun!


  • Compose a poem on the above theme.
  • Poets may submit one (1) original unpublished poem inspired by the theme.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 25th and will be invited to read their poem at the April 1st 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 12th, 2022 to Dianalee Velie, PO Box 290, Newbury, NH 03255, (603) 938-2734,
  • Members of the Center For the Arts’ Literary Arts Guild are not eligible for this contest.

There will be 3 winners in the adult category: First, Second and Third.

There will be one winner in each of the following categories: High School, Middle School and Elementary School.

The winning poets will be honored and invited to read their poems in a public celebration of poetry

The judge for the contest is Betsy Snider, a New Hampshire poet, who in her own words describes her poetry as “Meditations on the art of prayer by a lesbian ex-nun,” This quote is from her latest collection, View From the Other Side.

Friday, April 1, 2022, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Newbury Town Offices, 937 Route 103, Newbury NH

Public invited ~ Refreshments served if COVID restrictions permit~ No charge for admission ~ Donations welcome! If COVID Restrictions are still in place the event will be held on Zoom.

No race can prosper until it learns there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.

 –Booker T. Washington

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