2022 Adult Fall Contest - Entries Accepted Beginning August 1, 2022

                       Deadline: September 1, 2022


OREGON POETRY ASSOCIATION 2022 ADULT FALL CONTEST
Begins:  August 1, 2022
Ends:     September 1, 2022


CATEGORIES
Please remember that if you are not a current member of OPA you must submit your entries through the Non-Member Submittable portal in order for them to be accepted.

Limit: one poem per category (no duplicates).

    1)  Poet's Choice: Limit 80 lines, any subject, any form. Judge: Dorothea Lasky

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

    3)  New Poets: Limit 30 lines, any subject, any form. (A new poet is someone with no more than two poems published online or in print. Self-published chapbooks and collections count as previous publication.) Judge: Amy Miller

     4) Traditional Form--The Golden Shovel, Limit 30 lines, any subject. (example: Terrance Hayes' The Golden Shovel). Judge: Keith S. Wilson

     5) Theme--The Moon: Limit 40 lines, any form on the subject. Judge: A. Molotkov 

     6)  Age 30 and Under: Limit 30 lines, any subject, any form. Open to adults age 30 or under. Judge: James R. Merrill

     7)  Spanish Language: Limit 40 lines, entrant's own original poem plus translation into English, any subject, any form. Judge: Amelia Diaz Ettinger.


AWARDS
Poet's Choice: 1st place $125; 2nd place $75; 3rd place $50; 3 HMs

All other categories: 1st place $75; 2nd place $50; 3rd place $30, 3 HMs

All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners 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 one poem per category).

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

DEADLINE
Submit electronically via Submittable by September 1, 2022, 11:59pm PST.


CONTEST GUIDELINES -- PLEASE READ CAREFULLY (Entries not following these guidelines may be disqualified; entry fees are non-refundable.)

1.  Poems must be entrant's own original work, unpublished in print or online (including self-published books), and may not have been a prior cash winner in any contest. 

2.  Poets may enter one poem in each category, without duplication.

3.  Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but entry fees are non-refundable. If a poem is accepted elsewhere, please notify OPA immediately via Submittable to withdraw the poem.

4.  Format poems in 12-point font size, Times New Roman. Format as .doc or .docx. PDF files will not be accepted.

5.  Online submissions only at https://opa.submittable.com. Submission title can be anything (contest title, poem title/s, poet name, etc). In upper-right corner of every page (one poem per page), indicate category and poem line count (title and spaces between stanzas do not count as lines). Poet's name or contact information must not appear anywhere on the poems. Poems are read blind. 

6. In the Cover Letter field, please enter a cover letter which includes poem titles, contact information (name, address, phone, email), and bio (third person, 75 words or less). If entering multiple categories, all poems must be submitted in a single document.

7.  If you join OPA at the time you enter, you are eligible for the Member rate and the Members Only category. Include in your contest entry a statement that you have recently joined or are now joining OPA. Membership will be verified.

8.  Poems may not be edited and re-submitted; submission is final.

9.  Members may submit up to seven poems, limited to one poem per category. Non-members may submit up to six poems, limited to one poem per category.

10. Winners will be notified by mid to late October 2022. All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning poems will be published on OPA's website and 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, membership forms, etc.

OREGON POETRY ASSOCIATION 2022 ADULT FALL CONTEST
Begins:  August 1, 2022
Ends:     September 1, 2022


CATEGORIES
Please remember that if you are not a current member of OPA you must submit your entries through the Non-Member Submittable portal in order for them to be accepted.

Limit: one poem per category (no duplicates).

    1)  Poet's Choice: Limit 80 lines, any subject, any form. Judge: Dorothea Lasky

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

     3)  New Poets: Limit 30 lines, any subject, any form. (A new poet is someone with no more than two poems published online or in print. Self-published chapbooks and collections count as previous publication.) Judge: Amy Miller

     4)  Traditional Form--The Golden Shovel: Limit 30 lines, any subject (example: Terrance Hayes' The Golden Shovel ). Judge: Keith S. Wilson

    5)  Theme--The Moon: Limit 40 lines, any form on the subject. Judge: A. Molotkov

    6)  Age 30 and Under: Limit 30 lines, any subject, any form. Open to adults age 30 or under. Judge: James R. Merrill

   7)  Spanish Language: Limit 40 lines, entrant's own original poem plus translation into English, any subject, any form. Judge: Amelia Diaz Ettinger  
       


AWARDS:

Poet's Choice: 1st place $125; 2nd place $75; 3rd place $50; 3 HMs
All other categories: 1st place $75; 2nd place $50; 3rd place $30, 3 HMs

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


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

Members: Flat rate of $8 for up to seven poems (limit one poet per category).


DEADLINE
Submitted electronically via Submittable by September 1, 2022, 11:59pm PST.

OPA 2022 ADULT SPRING CONTEST GUIDELINES -- PLEASE READ CAREFULLY (Entries not following these guidelines may be disqualified; entry fees are non-refundable.)

1.  Poems must be entrant's own original work, unpublished in print or online (including self-published books), and may not have been a prior cash winner in any contest. 

2.  Poet may enter one poem in each category, without duplication.

3.  Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but entry fees are non-refundable. If your poem is accepted elsewhere, please notify OPA immediately via Submittable to withdraw the poem.

4.  Format poems in 12-point font size, Times New Roman. Format as .doc or .docx. PDF files will not be accepted.

5.  Online submissions only at https://opa.submittable.com.  Submission title can be anything (contest title, poem title/s, poet name, etc.). In the upper-right corner of every page (one poem per page), indicate category and poem line count (title and spaces between stanzas do not count as lines). Poet name or contact information must not appear anywhere on the poems. Poems are read blind. 

6. In the Cover Letter field, please enter a cover letter which includes poem titles, poet's contact information (name, address, phone, email), and bio (third person, 75 words or less).  If entering multiple categories, all poems must be submitted in a single document.

7. If you join OPA at the time you enter, you are eligible for the Member rate and for the Members Only category. Include in your contest entry a statement that you have recently joined or are now joining OPA. Membership will be verified.

8. Poems may not be edited and re-submitted; submission is final.

9. Members may submit up to seven poems, limited to one poem per category. Non-members may submit up to six poems, limited to one poem per category.

10. Winners will be notified by mid to late October, 2022. All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning poems will be published on OPA's website and 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, membership forms, etc.

A beautiful book, 6" X 9," 110 contributors, 257 pages, all for $25. 


Please note that if you are a contributor you will be receiving one complimentary copy. As soon as the book is back from the printers all orders will be processed and mailed. 


Excerpt from the book:


Foreword

“As an OPA board member, having read through these poems, I can attest to the quality of writing. I am amazed at the variety of subjects these poets have tackled. Some of the poems directly reflect the scourge of the virus in costs of human life and suffering. . . I also noticed that many of these poems
were celebrations, able to juxtapose the beauty of Nature surrounding us in a time of upheaval.”

Susan Morse, OPA Executive Board Member


During the pandemic we have all had ample time to write. In response to these unprecedented times the Oregon Poetry Association is publishing this Pandemic 2020 Anthology. All the poems are by OPA members. We are happy to present this stunning artistic and historic document.

While the pandemic raged, nature thrived. Spring burst into summer and wild animals roamed our backyards. We poets weeded our gardens, baked, tended our children, and wrote poetry. We observed our neighbors from afar, adjusting to the new social norms, not touching, and drawing cautious breaths behind our masks. We were lonely and fearful, furious with the slow lack of government response, though few of us reflected our frustration in our poetry.

A few months ago, wildfires swept through Oregon, burning some of our homes as well as entire communities. A pall of thick smoke blanketed our state, making it even more difficult to breathe. At the time of this publication, four hundred thousand Americans have lost their lives due to contagion. Poets in this anthology lost loved ones and wrote of their grief. We have suffered through a tumultuous political upheaval and yet we continue to write poetry.


Dale Champlin, Editor

A one year membership runs May 1, 2022 through April 30, 2022.

Memberships received between January 1 and March 1 apply to the new membership year and the OPA Spring Contest. 

The 2 year membership runs May 1, 2022 through April 30, 2023. 

Memberships received between January 1 and March 1 apply to the new membership year and the OPA Spring Contest.

 A one year membership runs May 1, 2022 through April 30, 2023. 

Memberships received between January 1 and March 1 apply to the new membership year and the OPA Spring Contest. 

Oregon Poetry Association