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Poetry Contest

2024 Spring Poetry Contest Winners

2024 Spring Poetry Contest

Pictured from left to right: Lea McBain, Dianalee Velie, Autumn Simoneaux, and Carl Beverly.

2024 Contest Winners:

Allison Cummings, Padraig Scallon, Skyler Cook,

Penny Morhardt, Monika Cooper, Christopher L. Dormin, and Sara Backer.

2024 Winning Entries

Here are winning entries from 2024.

Snow-covered trees

Ode to the Penultimate Snows

By Allison Cummings

Forest Trees

The Beauty of New Hampshire

Padraig Scallon

Flowers

Spring

Skylar Cook

Sunrise over Mountains

Sunrise

Penny Morhardt

2024 Winning Entries

The Newbury Library and the John Hay Literary Society

ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST in CELEBRATION OF POETRY MONTH

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO THE 2025 POETRY CONTEST

Theme:

Please check back here for 2025 theme

RULES FOR SUBMISSION:

Compose a poem on the above theme.

  • Poets may submit one (1) original unpublished poem inspired by the theme.

  • Poems should be typed in 12 point or larger font.

  • Poems should be no longer than one 8.5 x 11-inches page.

  • Poets should submit by mail (address below). Send two (2) copies of your poem: one copy including your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. The second copy should have no identifying information.

  • The winning poets will be notified (by telephone or e-mail) by March 29th and will be invited to read their poem at the April 5th event described below.

  • Contestants who want to receive a list of contest winners should also submit a stamped, self-addressed envelope with their entries. There is no fee for submission.

  • Submissions should be mailed by March 14th, 2024, to Dianalee Velie, PO Box 290, Newbury, NH, 03255, (603) 938-2734, dianaleevelie@aol.com.

  • There will be 3 cash prize winners in the adult category: First, Second, and Third.

  • There will be one cash prize winner in each of the following categories: High School, Middle School, and Elementary School.

The winning poets will be honored and invited to read their poems in a public celebration of poetry, a Center for the Arts First Friday Event.

Friday, April 4th, 2025
Newbury Library
933 Route 103, Newbury NH

Public invited ~ Refreshments served

 

Thanks to the morning light,
Thanks to the foaming sea,
To the uplands of New Hampshire,
To the green-haired forest free.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

2023 Spring Poetry Contest Winners

2023 Poetry Contest Winners

Standing from Left to Right:

Dianalee Velie, Contest Coordinator, Autumn Simoneau, Sign Language interpreter,

Melanic Chicoine, Contest judge, Cynthia Knorr, First Place Adult Winner, Pat Tivnan, Third Place Adult Winner

Seated Left to Right:

Brenna Manuel, Second Place Adult Winner, Miriam Talcott, Elementary School First Place Winner.

2023 Spring Poems

2023 Winning Entries

Here are some wonderful examples of poetry submitted by our past contest participants.  

White Flakey Backdrop

Wishing for Snow

Mariam Talcott 8 years old

1st place elementary school

Snow

Pantoum to the Mountains of New Hampshire

Cynthia Knorr

1st Place Adult

Dog in a Box

A Dog Runs Here

Brenna Manel

2nd Place

Sunrise

Chasing Daylight

Pat Tivnan

3rd Place

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