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


  • 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 were announced on June 17, 2018.  SASE have been mailed out.
  • Winners' Reading & Award Reception to be held September 23, 2018.
  • 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.


Contest Judge:  Regie Gibson

2018 Contest Chair:  Bob Gill

Download the contest flyer
Thanks to Gary Hoare for the flyer design.
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Congratulations to the Winners of the
2018 WCPA Poetry Contest: The Frank O'Hara Prize

The WCPA is pleased to announce that Jeff Walt of San Diego, CA, has won First Place in this year’s WCPA Poetry Contest: The Frank O’Hara Prize for his poem “The World is Ending on the East Coast." Contest judge Regie Gibson selected three additional poems to honor.

Second Place – Nicole DiCello of Worcester, MA
for “Electra 101
Third Place – Malt Schlitzman of Worcester, MA
for “This Rage Dies with Me
Honorable Mention – Michael Morlock of Berlin,
MA for “Speak of the Moment

A Winners' Reading will be held on Sunday, September 23. The winners, along with the contest judge, will share their work.    Additional details will be announced as we get closer to the event.