May Members-Only Contest

Details for the May Members-only Contest (deadline April 20) are available in the March Stanza. We are pleased to announce that Cynthia Brackett-Vincent will be the judge. She has chosen for us to create imagistic poems. She offers examples and a website with some explanation of what that means.

For a brief guide to the early 20th century Imagist movement, see


The Maine Poets Society Prize Poem Contests 2023

Members who live in Maine at least part of the year, take note.

Maine Poets Society members, excluding current board members, are eligible to participate in our annual Prize Poem contests. We are particularly interested in seeing an increase in submissions to the previously unpublished poets category. The cost of entry is very low at $2.50, and there is a $50 prize. Having had a poem in Stanza does not count as publication for this purpose, since it is a private newsletter for MPS members and not a widely distributed journal. Note that poets who are not members of the society are also eligible to participate so long as they meet the residency requirements. Feel free to encourage your poet friends.

Click here for the 2023 Prize Poem Contest PDF.


Winners of the 2022 Prize Poem Contest

2022 Prize Poem Contests

Published Poets Prize Poem Contest
The Winner of the $100 prize: Jeanne Julian
1st Honorable Mention: Martin Steingesser
2nd Honorable Mention: Patrick Heffernan

Unpublished Poets Prize Poem Contest
The Winner of the $50 prize: Anna Lane
Honorable Mention: Shaun Rowe
Honorable Mention: Pat Karpen


Winners of Our Members-Only September 2022 Contest

Contest Subject: Grief
Dawn Potter

First Place – "The Traveler" – Cynthia Lozier
Third Place – "Netflix Recommends" – Gus Peterson

First Honorable Mention – "The New Baler" – Kathryn Tracy
Second Honorable Mention – "Last Time in L.A." – Richard Foerster
Third Honorable Mention – "Calm Seas and a Safe Voyage" – Diane Hunt




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