Colorado Poetry Contest

NOW OPEN: Poetry Contest
DEADLINE: July 15, 2011
You may submit up to 3 poems (any style, maximum 250 lines each) for each entry fee. Former Denver Poet Laureate Chris Ransick is judging this year's poetry category.

Submission Guidelines

Open Submissions of Poetry Contest
You do not need to be a member of NCW or in Colorado to enter the contests.

Poetry Contest Prizes
Each category will be awarded the following:
1st place: $200
2nd place: $100
3rd place: $50
Winners and Honorable Mentions will be published in the annual winners' anthology (due out December 1, 2011) and receive 1 free copy. The judges' decisions are final.

Poetry Contest Entry Fees
The entry fee for all contests is $10 per submission via mail. Should you choose to e-mail your entry instead of mailing, there will be an additional $5 processing fee per entry, thus $15 per submission via email. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. You may submit up to 3 poems per entry fee in the Poetry category.

Minimum Number of Entries
To ensure the contest has a diverse and competitive field, each writing category must have a minimum of 40 entries in order to be valid. If the minimum number of entries is not received, your entry fee will be returned.

Returning Entries
Please note that entries will not be returned unless you provide a self-addressed stamped envelope with adequate postage (one stamp per 5 letter-size pages to be mailed). All mailed entries will be shredded after the contests have been judged.

All submissions must be your own original work. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let us know if your submission is accepted elsewhere, as this may affect our ability to publish it should it be selected as a winner. Submissions can be previously published, however, you must own the rights to republish in the event that your submission wins. All winning entries will be published in the 2011 Anthology.

Short fiction, essays, and articles must be in a 12 point standard serif font (Times New Roman preferred) and double spaced, pages numbered. Include a cover sheet with your contact information and the title of your piece. Do not include your name on the submission itself, only the title. If submitting by mail, please send 1 copy of your submission to 108 East Monroe Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525.

Word Limits
Short stories: 5,000 words
Personal essays: 3,000 words
Poems*: 250 lines each
Articles: 3,000 words
*Entrants may submit up to 3 poems per entry fee in that category.

2011 Anthology
The anticipated release date for the 2011 Anthology is December 1, 2011. Winners will receive a free copy. Additional copies may be purchased from NCW.

Email your entry (attachment or in body of email) to


Mail your entry with $10 cash or check made payable to Northern Colorado Writers:

Northern Colorado Writers
108 E. Monroe Dr.
Fort Collins, CO 80525



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