Annual Contest Rules
NFSPS, Inc. is a nonprofit organization exclusively educational and literary. Its purpose is to recognize the
importance of poetry with respect to national cultural heritage. It is dedicated solely to the furtherance of
poetry on the national level and serves to unite poets in the bonds of fellowship and understanding.
Honorary Chancellors (past 30, in order of appointment)
(Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
1. Any poem submitted must:
in any form, including digitally or placed on exhibition
elsewhere. Award will be recalled if a winning poem
is found to be in violation of rules before publication in
the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes
and honorable mentions will move up in classification.
b. Be written in English be titled, unless poem is a form
that is traditionally untitled (e.g. haiku, lune, etc.).
c. Have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line
limit. Line limit includes every line, both printed and
blank. A one line title and its following space is not
counted in line limit. Specific forms (rondeau, sonnet,
villanelle, etc.) should follow required format spacing
and line limits.
d. Be typed, photocopied or computer generated (not
hand-written or hand-printed) and without illustration.
2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all
poems entered in the NFSPS annual contests. Poems
winning cash prizes will be printed in Encore, the
NFSPS anthology, and at the discretion of the Editor.
Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems
having more than 50 characters per line, including
punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert
to the poet after the anthology is published (approx.
August of 2024). All prize winners will be notified, and
others may obtain a list of winners in August 2024 by
sending $2 and a #10 SASE to:
Julie Cummings, Strophes Editor
9428 Fallen Rock Road,
Conifer, CO 80433-4007
Submitted poems are not returned, poets should retain
3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after
submission. No simultaneous submissions.
4. Except as indicated in the NFSPS Founders Award
(Cat. 1), contestants may submit only one entry in any
contest, and may not submit the same poem in more
than one contest.
5. Enclosed check or money order must be made payable
to NFSPS, Inc (initials are sufficient) and not to an
a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each
(except $10 for each entry in the NFSPS Founders
Award). Non-members may not enter contests
marked with an asterisk (*) and which are
designated members only.
b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per
poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10
contests (except the NFSPS Founders Award
which is $5 per poem).
c. Entrants from outside the U.S. must send checks
drawn on U.S. banks or branches, payable in U.S.
funds, or send U.S. currency.
6. First prize winner in the NFSPS Founders Award
(Cat. #1) is not eligible to enter that category the
7. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will
be awarded. Decisions of the judges will be final.
8. When to submit:
a. Start date - Entries must not be postmarked prior
to January 1, 2024.
than March 15, 2024.
9. Individuals are "Members Only" eligible if a paid-up
member of an NFSPS state society and listed in that
society's membership roll. State societies must remit
their annual dues by January 15, 2024, and update
their membership information as required by March
15, 2024. Dues and membership list must be sent to:
Linda Harris, NFSPS Treasurer
49512 SE Weber Road, Sandy, OR 97055-7425
Updated info may be sent via email:
10. How to submit poems via US Postal Service:
a. Send two copies of the poem on 8.5 X 11 white paper
(no onion skin or tissue) in black ink, single-spaced.
If poem requires more than one page, staple together
at the top left corner all pages of each copy.
in upper left corner.
c. On second copy only, put name, address, phone
number, email address (if available), and state
poetry society membership (or "non-member of
NFSPS") in upper right corner. If a poem requires
more than one page, also number pages on upper
right corner of both copies.
d. Separate originals from duplicates. Stack in numerical
order (1-50) with original on top. Count them.
e. Include an 8.5X11 cover sheet with poet's name,
address, phone number, email (if available), and state
poetry society membership (or "non-member of
NFSPS"). List category numbers and poem titles for
each contest you are entering. List total number of
poems sent. Do not staple to entries or to entry fee.
f. Mail all entries at one time, unfolded, in a large
envelope, include the cover sheet and entry fee.
Mail to the Contest Chair by First Class, Priority
Mail, or any form of delivery that does NOT require
a signature upon receipt. Mail entries to:
2024 NFSPS Contest Chair
2412 E. 10265 S.,
NFSPS, Inc. will not assume mailing costs and
will not be responsible for any entries lost or
delayed in the mail.
11. You may also enter via Submittable.com. Please
read and follow the rules on Submittable as they
are slightly different. Through Submittable there
are two separate entry fee transactions: one for
Category #1 and one for Categories #2 through
#50. If entering Category #1 plus any other
Category, there will be two payment forms, pay
attention to your payment details. Failure to remit
entry fees timely (by March 15, 2024) will result
in a disqualified submission.
Note: Amazon does not permit the publication of material
that contains vulgar language because it is not suitable
to minors. Entries which violate this standard will be disqualified.
For information on the following, email or send a #10
SASE to the appropriate Chair (addresses at www.nfsps.com):
NFSPS Contest Rules
2024 Contest Chair: ContestChair@nfsps.net
NOTE: Amazon does not permit the publication of material that contains vulgar language because it is not suitable to minors. The printed edition
of Encore will include the poetry of school-aged individuals and published via Amazon. Entries which violate this standard will be disqualified.
NFSPS, Inc. is a non-profit organization, exclusively educational and literary. Its purpose is to recognize the importance of poetry with respect
to national cultural heritage. It is dedicated solely to the furtherance of poetry on the national level and serves to unite poets in the bonds of fellowship and understanding.