Members-Only Contests
2018-2019 Program Year

NOTE: The 2019-2020 Program Year will be updated soon. Thanks for your patience!!!

#1 July 21, 2018 Deadline

Sponsor: Marcel Duclos

Theme: A Man’s Skin

Form: Open 

Line Limit: 40 Lines

#2 Sept 15, 2018  Deadline

Sponsor: Gay Williford

Theme: Gossip

Form: Open

Line Limit: 40 Lines

#3 November 17, 2018 Deadline
Sponsor:  Von Neeld
Theme:  Compassion
Form:  Optional
Line Limit:  40   

#4 January 19, 2019 Deadline
Sponsors: Melanie Eulberg/Susan Harman
Theme:  Fences
Form:  Optional
Line Limit:  40

#5 March 16, 2019 Deadline
Sponsor:  Susan Rocco-McKeel*
Theme:  Prejudice
Form:  Optional
Line Limit:  40
    *Additional prize money

     1st: $30; 2nd: $20; 3rd: $10   

Best of all First, Second, and Third Place winners of the Members-Only Contests of the year are eligible.

$50 Prize to be awarded at the Annual Meeting, June 15, 2019.

Members-Only Contests

One of the benefits of membership in the Poetry Society of Colorado is the opportunity to submit poetry to the Members-Only Contests.

Members-Only Contest Rules:

  • Only members of PSC may submit poems to the Members-Only contests.
  • Contest themes are not to be used as Poem Titles.
  • Entry fee: $5/poem. Each poet may enter up to three original poems. No previously published work will be accepted.
  • All submissions must arrive by published submissions dates. Plan accordingly.
  • If a pen name or pseudonym is used, the author must also submit his/her legal or alternative name or the entry will be disqualified.
  • A single poet can win no more than two cash prizes for each contest.
  • There are no age restrictions for Member-Only Contests.
  • A contest may be cancelled if fewer than ten poems are entered.
  • Submission of entries presumes permission for the name of the winner to be posted on the PSC website AND for winning entries to be anthologized in the yearly Poets' Showcase unless the contest director is notified otherwise in writing.
  • Poem submission line limit: 40 lines (unless otherwise stated)

Submission Instructions:

  • Proper submission form must be followed to qualify for contests.
  • Submit two typed copies of each poem on 8½ x 11-inch paper.
  • Use a 1-inch margin on all sides for each submission, including artwork.
  • In upper left-hand corner of first copy put "Poetry Society of Colorado" on first line; put name of contest and date on second line; put theme and form on third line. No name or address should appear on this copy.
  • In upper left-hand corner of second copy put the same information as on the first copy. In the upper right-hand corner of the second copy put your name on the first line, and address on the second and third lines. If a pen name/pseudonym is used, include legal name.
  • Enclose a check for the entry fee of $5.00 for each poem entered made payable to: Poetry Society of Colorado.
  • Send two copies of all entries to the contest director: 
    Vaughn Neeld, PO Box 1945, Canyon City, CO 81215 

  • Entries must be postmarked or submitted at a Poetry Society meeting by the deadline date.
  • Winning entries, including honorable mentions, will be returned at a meeting or mailed to the winners. Winning and non-winning entries will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient first-class postage.


  • Independent judges will provide written critiques on ALL poems submitted and give a list of winners to the contest director.

Contest Prize Structure (unless specified otherwise):

  • 1st Place:  $25
  • 2nd Place: $15
  • 3rd Place:  $10