Nebraska Poetry Events

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Nebraska has talented poets and we want to highlight them.

The first Tuesday of every month, we feature a different Nebraska poet to read their work and discuss their literary journey

All of our events are virtual to provide a safe environment for people to join from anywhere in the world. 

Anyone can attend the reading series, free.

If you are a published poet, from Nebraska, or currently living in Nebraska, we would like to feature you also. Your work does not need to be recently published, nor traditionally published. Please contact us so we can add you to our schedule. 

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November 1st - 30th, 2021
  • 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 on the Nebraska Poetry Society’s online publication, "Prize Poetry"

Guest Judge: Matt Mason

Matt Mason is the Nebraska State Poet and Executive Director of the Nebraska Writers Collective. He runs poetry programming for the State Department, working in Nepal, Romania, Botswana and Belarus. Mason is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and the author of "Things We Don’t Know We Don’t Know,” "The Baby That Ate Cincinnati," and "I Have A Poem The Size of the Moon."

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions are open from November 1st, 2021 to November 30th, 2021.


  • Submissions are open to anyone. You do not need a connection to Nebraska nor a membership to the Nebraska Poetry Society.

  • Only unpublished work is accepted – this includes self-published works (print or digital) as well as personal blogs, social media, and other online platforms.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

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 as a separate file. Do not include your name on the poem as all entries will be judged blind.

Winners will be announced in spring 2022.

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We have some of the best workshops for you to grow your writing skills.

Because we believe everyone should have the opportunity to learn poetry, our workshops are the most affordable and accessible to everyone.

Our workshops are led by leaders in the field of poetry. They are published and/or established poetry teachers.

All of our workshops are free with an annual donation of $35. 

Students, minors and anyone who currently isn't comfortable with the minimum donation amount, is given a free membership with no questions asked.

All of our workshops are virtual to provide a safe environment for people to join from anywhere in the world. 

If you would like to lead a workshop, we would like to talk with you. We do believe in paying our teaching artists. Contact us to discuss options and details

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Nebraska Poetry Society

Help us make quality programming accessible to all and promote

our local poets with your charitable donation.

The Nebraska Poetry Society is a non-profit 501c3 organization.