OPA Spring 2018 Contest Opens Today

Deadline March 1 2018

Categories (Limit: one entry per category.)

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

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

3) New Poets: Limit 30 lines, any subject, any form. A new poet is someone with no more than two poems published in online or print journals. Self-published work is not considered published in this context. Judge: Connie Post.

4) Traditional Form—Sonnet: Limit 14 lines, any subject. Judge: Amy MacLennan.

5) Theme—Borders and Boundaries: Limit 40 lines, any form, on the subject of “borders and boundaries.” Judge: M. E. Hope.

NB: Spaces between stanzas do not count as lines.


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 $8 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).

Deadline: Submitted electronically or postmarked by March 1, 2018, midnight PDT.

Electronic submissions (preferred; see guidelines below):

For full guidelines go to CONTESTS above and look for “Adult Contests”

NFSPS and Strophes: did you know?

Did you know that as a member of OPA, you are also a member of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies?

Read about your member benefits on our website: go to RESOURCES above and look for “NFSPS and Strophes,” or click here.

Also browse the NFSPS newsletter, Strophes: the most recent issue is January 2018.

NFSPS runs an annual poetry contest with 49 categories: as an OPA member, you can participate at member rates. Check out the list. Something for everyone!