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Entries must be  postmarked by or received online by 11:59 PM
September 15, 2022. 

Rules and Contest Details




            For ASPS members ~ $1 Per poem. 

            For non-members ~ $5 per poem. 

  • No limit to number of poems submitted.


  • More than one poem can be submitted for any category, but only one poem per poet can place per category.

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


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

  • Poems cannot be previously published before in any print or online venue.


  • Line limit for all contests is 40 lines unless otherwise specified.




Submit 2 copies of each poem using plain type and fonts only:

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

  • On one copy only, put your name, address, e-mail, and “member” or “non-member”

            in upper right-hand corner. (Address labels are acceptable for mailed entries.)

Paper Submissions:

  • Print on 8 ½ x 11 paper

  • Mail entries and fees (made out to Alabama State Poetry Society) to

                 Dargan M. Ware, Contest Chair
                 2154 Highland Avenue South
                 Birmingham, AL 35205 


Electronic Submissions:

  • Submit a PDF file of your poems as listed in REQUIREMENTS, above. It's all the same, except this will be a single file
    instead of a single pile of paper. PDF will be the only form accepted. Other formats will be deleted w/o reimbursement.
    Any normal word processor will have a "print to PDF" function. 

  • Submit a SINGLE PDF file consisting of two instances of each poem, first copy with your name and infomration at the top as instructed, second copy unattributed.

  • Let me RESTATE this. Two copies of each, in order as such:  A named/ A unattributed then B named/ B unattributed... etc.

  • Members be sure to LOG IN to the website so that the members-only PayPal link displays!

  • Upload a single document only. Multiple documents will not be accepted. If you decide to enter more contests after already having submitted a PDF previously, contact We will delete your previous submission and then let you know that you can re-submit a new file.


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

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