Annual Poetry Contest

Download the list of winners for 2022

PSM Peninsula Poets Contest Edition:

  • Call for Submissions opens June 1, 2022

  • Poems must be received by August 1, 2022 – no exceptions.

FORMAT (read carefully):

  • Email poems, all in one file please, to 2022psmcontest@gmail.com. *NOTE: new email this year!

  • No previously published poems, including on social media.

  • Submit only one copy of each poem, all in one file, one poem per page. Include your contact information on each poem, and the category number. Word document, Times New Roman, size 12 type. **NO PDFs**

  • If you do not have email, please mail hard copies to PSM Contest Edition, 5325 Chickadee Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009. Same format as email: one poem per page, with contact information on each, Times New Roman, size 12 type. Include a SASE for notification.

  • Please visit https://poetrysocietyofmichigan.com/ for full membership details. You do not have to be a member of PSM to enter.

  • Questions? Contact Diana Hart at 2022psmcontest@gmail.com.

Entry Fees and Submission Guidelines:

Submit only 1 poem per category. You may submit to multiple categories.

Categories 1 and 8:

Members: $4 per poem, per category
Non-Members: $5 per poem, per category

Categories 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10:

Members: $2 per poem, per category
Non-Members: $3 per poem, per category

*Checks should be made out to and mailed to: Poetry Society of MI, PO Box 1035, Cadillac, MI 49601

Write “PSM Contest fees” in the “for” line. Consolidate fees into one check.

Category 1: Margo LaGattuta Memorial Award

In 2011 Margo LaGattuta was posthumously named the first Honorary Chancellor for PSM. The category is sponsored by Polly Opsahl and Friends of Margo. Any subject, any form.
Prizes: 1st – $100, 2nd – $50, 3rd – $25

Category 2: Chancellor’s Prize

The Chancellor’s Prize: A poem of fourteen lines or less, on any subject, by a poet who has not published a full-length book of poems (self-published books excepted). Sponsored by Honorary Chancellor Eric Torgersen.
Prizes: 1st – $75, 2nd – $50, 3rd – $25

Category 3: Founder’s Prize

The Founder’s Prize is sponsored by Susan Anderson, in honor of her grandfather Clifford Allen, one of the founding members of the Poetry Society of Michigan, for a poem in any style about Michigan.
Prizes: 1st – $50, 2nd – $35, 3rd – $15

Category 4: The Barbara Sykes Memorial Humorous Poem

Barbara Sykes loved to write humorous poems. The award is sponsored by her niece, Patricia Barnes, for a humorous poem in any form.
Prizes: 1st – $35, 2nd – $25, 3rd – $15

Category 5: George Dila Memorial Prose Poem

George Dila was a beloved award-winning writer of fiction and poetry and the founder of Ludington Visiting Writers. The award is sponsored by Phillip Sterling for a prose poem, any subject.
Prizes: 1st – $50, 2nd – $35, 3rd – $15

Category 6: Nature – The Jude P. Dunbar Memorial Prize

A poem in any style about Nature. The award is sponsored by Melanie Dunbar, in honor of her father.
Prizes: 1st – $50, 2nd – $35, 3rd – $25

Category 7: Love

A poem in any style about Love.
Prizes: 1st – $50, 2nd – $35, 3rd – $15

Category 8: Music – The Faruq Z. Bey Award for Writing or Poetry related to Music

This award is sponsored by the Detroit Writers’ Guild (DWG) in honor of the great jazz saxophonist Faruq Z. Bey. Any form.
Prizes: 1st – $100, 2nd – $50, 3rd – $25

Category 9: Loss

This award is sponsored by George Wylie. A poem in any style about Loss.
Prizes: 1st – $35, 2nd – $25, 3rd – $15

Category 10: Women and Science

The Lucille E. Thompson Decker Memorial Award is sponsored by Dr. Kathleen P. Decker on behalf of her mother. Lucille was born in 1927 in Grand Rapids and had a distinguished academic and professional career before retiring as a Senior Associate Editor in the Biochemistry Department at Chemical Abstracts Services.
Prizes: 1st – $50, 2nd – $35, 3rd – $15