Friday of every October is Ohio Poetry Day, and every year the Ohio Poetry Day Association sponsors a series of Ohio Poetry Day Contests, with prizes from five dollars to sixty dollars. This year there are thirty-two contests, ranging from "Deadly Sins," sponsored by Pig Iron Literary and Artworks of Youngstown, to the Crème de la Crème contest, open only to previous winners, sponsored by OPD itself.
Closing Date: May 31, 2013 (postmark)
Eligibility for all contests consists of payment of a single $10.00 fee sent with the poems and entry blank, which is required of all entrants. All poems must be mailed with fee at one time in one envelope.
If more than two poems, mail flat in a 9x12 envelope. All poems should
be mailed to Bill Reyer, Contest Chairman, Department of English,
Heidelberg University, 310 East Market St., Tiffin, OH 44883.
Entries must be original, unpublished in any form and must never have
won a state or national contest prize of over $10, or be submitted for
publication elsewhere. Poems must be in English, typed, photocopied or
computer generated; single spaced (except between stanzas); on one side
of 8 1/2 x 11 white paper. No artwork except for contest #2.
All poems must be titled, and title should not be the same as contest/theme title. Two clear copies of each poem must be sent, both containing number and name of contest in the upper left corner, and the second copy only containing in the upper right corner the name and address of the contestant. Ohio only contests should add "Ohio native" after out of state address if relevant. Address labels or rubber stamps may be used.
Poems should be separated into first (judges') and second (ID) copies
and stacked in numerical order with judges' copies on top. Only one
poem may be sent to any contest (except #s 26 and 29), and no poem may
be entered in more than one contest. No poems or artwork will be
returned, so keep copies of your work. Entrants retain all rights to
their work, except that money winning poems and art will be published in
a copyrighted Best of 2012 book which will appear at Poetry
Day and be for sale at and after that date. Any entries in contravention
of these rules will be disqualified and fee forfeited. Awards will be
made at the Ohio Poetry Day weekend, October 18 & 19, at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio.
Winners lists will be made available in late summer
if #10 SASE is sent with poems. No other prior notification will be
made. Those not present at Poetry Day will have awards mailed to them.
Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you wish verification of
your entry packet. You may photocopy these rules.
The list of contests is here.