OPA Pandemic Anthology

Deadline extended to September 8th

During the pandemic we have all had ample time to write. In response to these unprecedented times, and as a fundraiser, the Oregon Poetry Association will publish a Pandemic 2020 Anthology.

Submissions are limited to OPA members only. If you are not currently a member, you may join at time of submission. Contributors will receive one free copy, additional copies may be purchased for $15.00 via Submittable.

The OPA Board comprises the selection committee. 
Submission deadline is September 8.
Poems may have been published previously. If your poem has been published previously, please list the publisher and source beneath the poem.

Please limit your first person poet bio to 25 words.
Please include your name, address, phone number and email address on each page of poetry.

Each poem should be 1 page or less.

Submission fees: $3.00 for 1 poem, $8.00 for 5 poems, $16.00 for 10 poems

Click here to submit

Fall 2020 Poetry Contest Deadline: September 1, 2020


Limit: one entry per category.

1) Poets Choice: Limit 80 lines, any subject, any form.

Judge: Pepper Trail.

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

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: Eleanor Berry.

4) Traditional Form—Pantoum: Limit 40 lines, any subject.
Judge: Erica Goss.

5) Theme—Community: Limit 40 lines, any form, on the subject of “Community” –  What does it engender? (physical, philosophical, past, present, future?)  Judge: Emmett Wheatfall.

6)  Under 30:  Limit 29 lines, open to anyone under the age of 30, any form, any subject.  Judge:  Marilyn Johnston.

7)  Spanish Language:  Limit 40 lines, original poem, plus poet’s translation in English of his/her own poem, any subject, any form.  Judge:  Jose Angel Araguz.


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

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

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 seven poems (limit of one poem per category).

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


Submitted electronically or postmarked by September 1, 2020, midnight PDT. Electronic submissions preferred, see guidelines below.

Fall 2020 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 category).

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 WHO WE ARE > Contact OPA > Adult Contest Chair 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 http://OPA.submittable.com are preferred. (You can also find this link on the membership page.) 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 and put your last name at the start of the file name (e.g., “Smith-ContestEntry.docx”).

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, 2020 (postmark deadline) 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: OPA sends out notifications in February, notifying you whether your membership is current or needs to be renewed. Watch for emails or postcards. For questions regarding membership, contact Membership Chair at WHO WE ARE > Contact OPA > Membership Chair.

10. You may submit up to seven poems, limited to one poem per category (up to six poems for non-members). OPA members pay a flat rate entry fee of $8 for up to seven poems. Non-members pay a flat rate of $15 for up to six poems.

11. Winners will be notified in October 2020. 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.


Do you know of an individual or group who deserves recognition for their contributions to the culture of poetry in Oregon? Consider nominating them for OPA’s Patricia Ruth Banta Award, which honors an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to Oregon poetry and to OPA’s mission.  Download the nomination form below: print, complete, and mail to:

Oregon Poetry Association
PO Box 14582 Portland OR 97293

OPA seeks to build and sustain a diverse community of Oregon poets, provide Oregon poets opportunities to exchange ideas and learn from one another, further the appreciation of poetry throughout the state, and raise public awareness of Oregon poets.  Nominees may have contributed in any of these ways. Nominations are due by July 31. The award will be announced in the fall. 

Questions? Contact: OPA Vice-President Jennifer Rood via the Vice-President e-mail contact form on the Contacts page.