top of page
Entries must be  postmarked by or received online by 11:59 PM
April 15, 2023. 

Rules and Contest Details


1. Deadline for entry is April 15, 2023. Entries must be either postmarked or received online by that date.


2. Entry Fees:
       ASPS Members: $1 per poem. 
       Non-Members: $5 per poem. 
   No limit on number of poems whether member or non-member!


3. More than one poem can be submitted in any category, but only one poem per poet may win in a category.


4. The same poem may not be entered into more than one category.


5. Poems cannot have won a monetary award in a previous ASPS contest. 


6. Poems cannot have been previously published, including online.


7. The line limit for each category is stated in the contest.




Submission Guidelines

 By Mail:

  • Submit 2 copies of each poem on 8 ½ by 11 paper, using plain type and fonts only.

  • On each copy, put category name and number in the upper left hand corner.

  • On one copy only, put your name, address, e-mail, and “member” or “non-member” in the upper right hand corner. (Address labels are acceptable.)

  • Submissions should be mailed to:

                          Dargan M. Ware, Contest Chair

                          2154 Highland Avenue S.

                          Birmingham, AL 35205



  • Entries can be submitted at until midnight on April 15

  • Create the documents as you would to mail, with two copies of each poem

  • Submit your entries as a single .pdf file.


If you would like a copy of the winners list, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the contest chair.


Questions? Complaints? Brilliant poetry-related thoughts? Email the contest chair at

Technical difficulties:


Specifications for each contest category are found in the CATEGORIES link above.

bottom of page