Cascadia 2018 Student Poetry Contest: Opens October 15th!

2018 Cascadia Student Poetry Contest Guidelines

Poems accepted between October 15, 2017 and December 31, 2017 (postmark deadline)

Division I: Kindergarten—Grade 2

Division II: Grade 3—Grade 5

Division III: Grade 6—Grade 8

Division IV: Grade 9—Grade 12


Contest open to all K-12 students throughout the state of Oregon, including private, parochial and home school students.

Each winner will receive a certificate and a copy of Cascadia: The Oregon Student Poetry Contest Anthology, in which all 40 winning poems will be published. Winners will be announced no later than February 1st, 2018; there will be an award ceremony in spring 2018, at which students will be invited to read their poems.

All winners in Divisions III and IV will be entered into the nationwide 2018 Manningham Trust Student Contest sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. This contest also awards cash prizes and a publication furnished to Manningham Contest winners.

Cascadia Student Contest Rules

  1. Submit one original poem (your own individual creative work) on any subject, in any style or form, with a maximum of 40 lines. The poem must be titled, except for haiku, senryu, or limerick.
  2. Type or word process your poem on a single sheet of standard 8 1/2 X 11 white paper, one side only, in a standard type face; no fancy fonts, graphics, or illustrations.
  3. Send two copies of your poem.

ON THE FIRST COPY, in the upper right hand corner, type your category (I, II, III, or IV) and grade level, name, school, school address and phone number, and the name (first and last) of your writing teacher. Also on this copy, type, and sign the following statement: This poem is my own original creative work and has not been copied, in whole or in part, from any other author’s work, including poems posted on the Internet.

ON THE SECOND COPY, type the category and grade level only—check to make sure your name does not appear anywhere on this copy. Mail to:

Lisa E. Baldwin, co-editor
Cascadia Student Poetry Contest
1252 Redwood Ave., PMB 136
Grants Pass, OR 97527-5592

The deadline is December 31, 2017 (postmarked).


2018 Cascadia Student Poetry Contest Checklist

  • The one best poem you are submitting is your own original work and no more than 40 lines
  • Your poem is typed or word processed on one sheet of standard 8.5×11 white paper
  • Your poem appears on one side of the paper only in a standard 12 point font
  • You are sending two copies of your poem
  • One copy has your poem & in the upper right corner, the Division (I, II, III, or IV), your grade, your name, your school, your school’s address and phone, & your teacher’s first and last name
  • On the second copy of your poem, in the upper right corner, you have typed only the Division (I, II, III, or IV) and your grade––with no name appearing

OPA Fall Contest Opens for Submission July 15th

Deadline September 1st 2017

Limit: one poem per category.
Spaces between stanzas do not count as lines.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be published on the OPA website and in OPA’s annual anthology, Verseweavers



Limit: one entry per category.


1) Poet’s Choice: Limit 80 lines, any subject, any form. Judge: Joe Wilkins.

2) Members Only: Limit 20 lines, any subject, any form. Entrant must be a current OPA member. Judge: Pepper Trail.

3) New Poets: Limit 30 lines, any subject, any form. Open to poets who have never received any kind of award (first, second or third place, or a cash prize) for a poem. Judge: Lisa Allen Ortiz.

4) Traditional Form—Villanelle: Traditionally 19 lines (but modern variations are welcome), any subject. Judge: Judith Montgomery.

5) Theme—Current Events: Limit 40 lines, any form, on the subject of “current events.” Judge: Shaindel Beers.




Poet’s Choice: 1st $100; 2nd $50; 3rd $30; 3 HMs.

All other categories: 1st $50; 2nd $30; 3rd $20; 3 HMs.

All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place poems will be published on the OPA website and in the annual anthology of prizewinners, Verseweavers.



Entry Fee

OPA Members—Flat rate of $7 for up to five poems (limit of one poem per category).

Non-members— Flat rate of $15 for up to four poems (limit of one poem per category).




Submitted electronically or postmarked by September 1, 2017, midnight PDT.


Electronic submissions (preferred; see guidelines below):


By mail (see guidelines below):
OPA, Contest Entries, PO Box 14582, Portland, OR 97293.


Fall 2017 Poetry Contest Guidelines


  1. Poems must be your original work, unpublished in print or online, and cannot have been a prior cash winner in any contest. Appearance on personal websites, blogs, Facebook pages, or critique groups does not constitute publication.
  2. You may enter one poem in each category, a different poem in each, without duplication.
  3. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but entry fees are non-refundable. If your poem is accepted elsewhere, notify OPA immediately via Submittable, or contact contest chair at or by mail (address below) to withdraw your poem.
  4. Format poems in 10- to 12-point font size, Times New Roman or another standard typeface.
  5. Online submissions at are preferred. The submission title is optional. In the comments field, please include your bio (third person, 75 words or less). In the upper-right corner of every page in your submission, indicate category and your poem’s line count. (Title and spaces between stanzas do not count as lines.) Your name or contact information should not appear on the poems. If entering in multiple categories, all poems must be submitted in a single document. Please use .doc or .docx format.
  6. If unable to submit online, please submit two copies of each poem, one with your name and contact information and one without. On both copies, indicate category and your poem’s line count in the upper-right corner. Mail your entries by September 1, 2017 (postmark) to: OPA, Contest Entries, P.O. Box 14582, Portland, OR 97293. Entries will not be returned. Mailed entries must include a cover sheet with the poet’s name, bio (third person, 75 words or less), contact information, a list of poem titles, and a check to cover your entry fee payable to Oregon Poetry Association. An email address is required for all entries. No registered or certified mail, please.
  7. If you join OPA at the time you enter, you are eligible for the Member rate, and for the Members Only category. (Please use the Become a Member option in Submittable prior to making your contest submission or mail your dues to OPA, P.O. Box 14582, Portland, OR 97293). Include a note in your contest entry stating that you have joined OPA.
  8. Poems may not be edited and re-submitted; your submission is final.
  9. Members Only category: A postcard is mailed from OPA in February notifying you whether your membership is current or needs to be renewed. For questions regarding membership, contact Membership Chair at
  10. You may submit up to five poems, limited to one poem per category (up to four poems for non-members). OPA members pay a flat rate entry fee of $7 for up to five poems. Non-members pay a flat rate of $15 for up to four poems.
  11. Winners will be notified in October 2017. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place poems will be posted on the OPA website and published in Verseweavers, OPA’s annual anthology. All rights revert to author after publication. OPA reserves the right to use prizewinning poems on the OPA website, on membership forms, etc.
  12. Submissions not conforming to these rules will be disqualified.

Fall 2017 Contest

Fall Contest Opens This Summer, with a September 1st Deadline

Poet’s Choice, any subject, any form, 80-line limit

Members Only, any subject, any form, 20-line limit

New Poets, any subject, any form, 30-line limit

Traditional Form, any subject, Villanelle– usually 19 lines (but modern variations sometimes have other line counts)

Themed, current events, any form, 40-line limit

Submissions will open in the summer for a September 1st due date. Judges TBA.

Poems may be submitted to the OPA mailbox, PO Box 14582 Portland OR 97293, or via the OPA Submittable page,