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Nebraska Poetry Society

Nebraska Poetry Society's 
2022 Open Poetry Contest

Starts July 1st, 2022
Winners announced by December 31st.
  • 1st Place: $500

  • 2nd Place: $250

  • 3rd Place: $100

  • Honorable Mentions: Up to 20 poems will be selected as honorable mentions.

All winners and honorable mentions will be published in the Nebraska Poetry Society’s online publication, Contest Winners.

Guest Judge: Adrienne Christian

Adrienne Christian is the author of three poetry collections: "Worn," "A Proper Lover," and "12023 Woodmont Avenue" (2013).  Adrienne was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and won the Common Ground poetry award in 2020. In 2016, she was a finalist for the Rita Dove International Poetry Award, and in 2007 she won the University of Michigan's Five Under Ten Young Alumni Recognition Award.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions are open on July 1st, 2022.

Submissions will close when we receive 100 entrants or on October 31st, whichever happens first.

Submissions are only accepted through Submittable. You can access Submittable by clicking the black "Click here to Submit" button above or by clicking here


  • Submissions are open to anyone. You do not need a connection to Nebraska or a Nebraska Poetry Society membership.

  • Only unpublished work is accepted, including self-published works (print or digital), personal blogs, social media, and other online platforms.

  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, provided you notify us immediately if the work has been accepted or received recognition in another contest.

  • We accept all forms of poetry. No images, please, text only.

The nonrefundable Submission fee is $20. This includes up to five (5) poems.

The submission fee is a tax-deductible donation to the Nebraska Poetry Society, a non-profit organization whose mission is to make poetry accessible to all. The submission fee includes a subscription to our quarterly newsletter.

Formatting: Please format your poem the way you want us to read it. We appreciate the use of a 12-point Times New Roman font. We also appreciate poems that are under three pages long. All entries must be in English. Please put each poem on a separate page with the title and upload it as a separate file. Do not include your name on the poem, as all entries will be judged blind.

Winners will be announced by December 31st, 2022.

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