NSALAZ Poetry Competition
Rules and Regulations

Re: NSAL AZ Poetry Competition: 
June 1, 2017

Background: Greater Arizona Chapter of the National Society of Arts & Letters (NSAL AZ) is one of the more vibrant of the national organization’s 17 chapters around the US.  We have local and national activities to support young people in their artistic endeavors in all of the NSAL disciplines (literature, drama, dance, music, musical theater, visual arts). We propose to initiate an Arizona state-wide competition in poetry for high school age students.

Competition Terms: 

Competitor Range: High School, with two sections of the competition: Freshman and Sophomore (Lower Level) and Junior and Senior (Upper Level) to accommodate different levels of maturity and skill development.

Competitor Residence Requirement: Entire State of Arizona. Poets from other states that have no NSAL chapter are welcome to compete.

Poetry Submission Rules: To encourage maximum creativity and participation, there is no style or genre requirement.  Submissions may be no more than three poems and not more than 25 lines each. Submissions may be sent hard copy with Application Form to Anne White/NSAL, 14245 N. 23rd. St., Phoenix, AZ 85022 or by email to annecwhite@cox.net, reference Poetry Competition.  Submissions may be sent any time from September 1, 2017 through December 15, 2017.  Winners will be announced by March 1, 2018.

Monetary Prizes: $350, $200, $100 (first, second, third for the upper level) and $200, $100, $50 (first, second, third for the lower level) totaling $1,000 for each calendar year. Monies will be awarded directly to winning poets.

Non-Monetary Prizes:

First place winners in both the upper and lower levels will be published in a journal to be selected as appropriate for young poets.
First place winners in both upper and lower levels will be invited to recite their winning poems at one of the membership events of the NSAL AZ.

Adjudication: Poems will be judged on originality, technical skill and emergence of a personal voice. Three judges will select winners after review of entries which have had author names deleted. Judges will be:

Alberto Rios, Poet Laureate of Arizona 2003 and ASU Professor

Sally Ball, ASU Professor

Mary Anne Morefield, published poet, resident of Arizona.

Competitor Entrance Fees:  None


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