Poetry Matters Project

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

We are pleased to announce the 2019 call for entries for the Poetry Matters Literary Prize.

Submission Period

 Entries will be accepted until March 2019

Prize Categories:

Young Poets: 2 Categories

Middle School Students: now know as Dave Drake Literary Prize

Middle schoolers must provide contact email of parent or guardian

High School Students: Students of high school age.

Adult Poets: now known as Spring Robinson/Mahogany Red Lit Prize

Poets between the age of 20 and 60 years old: this category includes college aged students

Senior Poets: Poets 61 years and older

Cash Prizes:

1st prize- $75  

2nd prize- $50 

3rd prize-$35 

Honorable Mention- $25 

All prize winning poems will be published in Poetry Diversified  2017 Anthology and on Poetry Matters website. Video of winner reading will post on Poetry Matters website via Youtube. Audio via Sound Cloud.


Entries will each be assessed by three judges, to whom the poets will not be identified (blind judging)


Anyone, anywhere may submit. 

Entry Fees: Contest is free to enter

Submission Guidelines:

1. All work must be original and previously unpublished. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. 

2. Submit up to three poems, 30 lines maximum each, single-spaced, 12-point type. No identifying information should be on the poem  Please submit entry as a .pdf to preserve the placement of text on the page would be best. submission via .doc and .docx files are fine. 

3. All participants agree to be subjects of press releases and media stories about their work and the foundation. 

4. Your submission is an agreement that should your entry win; you will provide either a visual, audio or live reading of your winning entry as soon as notification of your placement as a winner of the contest has posted.

5. All submissions should include 

• your name

• postal address

• phone number

• email address

• school name and address with school principal listed                               

  • your submission title(s),
• and a short, publishable bio of approximately 50 words. 

Submissions not following these criteria will be disqualified. If you do not hear from us by April 6, 2019, 

please feel free to contact us about the status of your submission. 

Questions: Email all questions regarding your entry to  info@poetrymattersproject.org. 

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DEADLINE: Your poem must be submitted through submittable by March 1, 2019

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 We believe the intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end we agree to:

Conduct our contest as ethically as possible. Provide clear and specific contest guidelines/defining conflict of interest for all parties involved. Make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public.

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