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2013 Contests

Entry Form

Closing Date: May 31, 2013 (postmark)

Eligibility for all contests consists of payment of a single $10.00 fee sent with the poems and entry blank, which is required of all entrants. All poems must be mailed with fee at one time in one envelope. If more than two poems, mail flat in a 9x12 envelope. All poems should be mailed to Bill Reyer, Contest Chairman, Department of English, Heidelberg University, 310 East Market St., Tiffin, OH 44883.

Entries must be original, unpublished in any form and must never have won a state or national contest prize of over $10, or be submitted for publication elsewhere. Poems must be in English, typed, photocopied or computer generated; single spaced (except between stanzas); on one side of 8 1/2 x 11 white paper. No artwork except for contest #2.

All poems must be titled, and title should not be the same as contest/theme title. Two clear copies of each poem must be sent, both containing number and name of contest in the upper left corner, and the second copy only containing in the upper right corner the name and address of the contestant. Ohio only contests should add "Ohio native" after out of state address if relevant. Address labels or rubber stamps may be used.

Poems should be separated into first (judges') and second (ID) copies and stacked in numerical order with judges' copies on top. Only one poem may be sent to any contest (except #s 26 and 29), and no poem may be entered in more than one contest. No poems or artwork will be returned, so keep copies of your work. Entrants retain all rights to their work, except that money winning poems and art will be published in a copyrighted Best of 2012 book which will appear at Poetry Day and be for sale at and after that date. Any entries in contravention of these rules will be disqualified and fee forfeited. Awards will be made at the Ohio Poetry Day weekend, October 18 & 19, at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio.

Winners lists will be made available in late summer if #10 SASE is sent with poems. No other prior notification will be made. Those not present at Poetry Day will have awards mailed to them. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you wish verification of your entry packet. You may photocopy these rules.

Support Ohio Poetry Day

Best of Collections

Books from previous years may be purchased from Amy Jo Zook (3520 State Route 56, Mechanicsburg, Oh 43044). Make checks payable to Ohio Poetry Day. Any books mailed have postage of $1.70 for one or two books; add 50¢ for each one or two more.

  • Best of 2010 - $9.50
  • Best of 2009 - $9.50
  • Best of 2008 - $9.50
  • Best of 2007 - $9.00
  • Best of 2006 - $8.50
  • Best of 2005 - $8.50


Ohio Poetry Day is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation which receives no government or corporate funding and operates entirely by contributions from its sponsors, fees from entrants, and donations from individuals. the books are sold at or slightly below cost each year. If you would like to become part of the day, you may wish to send a contribution to Ohio Poetry Day in your name or the name of someone you wish to honor, or to one of our established memorial funds (Tessa Webb, Evan Lodge, Heidi Knecht or Helen Gehman).