Worcester County Poetry Association
Established 1971
The WCPA Annual Poetry Contest:  The Frank O'Hara Prize
Worcester County Poetry Association / PO Box 804, Worcester, MA 01613 / 508-797-4770 / wcpaboard@yahoo.com

Submissions are closed for the 2015
WCPA Annual Poetry Contest: 
The Frank O'Hara Prize!

Mailed submissions needed to be postmarked by April 1, 2015.

Contest Judge:  Dawn Potter

2015 Contest Chair:  Robert Steele

Thank you to everyone who submitted.  Results
will be announced this summer and a winners'
reading will take place in September.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
  • Residents of Worcester County, or
  • WCPA Members in good standing,  or
  • Students or employees of institutions within Worcester County 
  • First Place winners of previous WCPA annual poetry contests are not eligible.

ENTRY FEE:
  • THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE FOR WCPA MEMBERS.
  • Non-WCPA members:  $8.00
  • Make check or money order payable to: Worcester County Poetry Association.
  • Contest fees are waived if you join the WCPA or renew your membership with your entry:
  - $30 Individual Membership
  - $12 Student/Senior/Low Income Membership      
  • Visit the membership page for more information and additional membership categories.
CONTEST GUIDELINES:
  • Poems must be the original work of the entrant, in English, and must not be previously published.
  • Submit no more than THREE (3) poems in any form. 
  • Manuscripts must not be stapled or attached in any way.
  • Poems must be printed on 8 1/2" x 11" white bond paper. Clean and clear photocopies are acceptable. 
  • Do not put your name on the individual poems. 
  • Include a cover sheet with your name, address, telephone number, and the title of each poem.
  • Mail submissions to WCPA Poetry Contest, 1 Ekman Street, Worcester, MA 01607
  • Email submissions will not be accepted.  The only way to submit electronically is by visiting   https://www.tellitslant.com/.  There is an additional fee to submit electronically even if you are a member of the WCPA.
JUDGING & AWARDS:
  • First Place: $100 – Second Place: $50 – Third Place: $25
  • Winning poems will be published in The Worcester Review, after which all rights revert to the poet.
  • Contest winners will be announced in June 2015.
  • Winners' Reading & Award Reception to be held September 2015.
  • Submissions will not be returned.  Entrants who wish to be notified of contest results must enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope with their entry.
  • The WCPA Poetry Contest does not pre-select poems: all entries are seen by the contest judge.

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