PSO Annual Spring Contests Entry Rules and Guidelines



1. Members are required to send a flat fee of $5.00 to enter any and/or all categories.

2. All poems must be original, unpublished, not having won a First place prize in any PSO contest.

3. Unpublished poems which have not been accepted for publication prior to the PSO contest entry deadline of November 30, 2013, 
     are eligible to be entered into the Annual PSO 2013 Contest.

4. Contestants not complying with rules may be prohibited from entering these and future contests at the discretion of
    the Executive Board.

5. By entering, contestants acknowledge PSO may read and make a copy of winning poems for use by the organization in Annual
    Awards Banquet Records. However, all rights remain with the author and no winning poem will be published by PSO

6. Send one poem per category, one page per poem. Exceptions are: Categories with 'no line limit'.

7. Submit a different poem for each category entered.

8. Packets for the PSO Annual Spring Contest may be picked up after the Awards Banquet in March, 2014 Packets without SASEwill NOT be mailed to senders, but will be destroyed.

9. Winning checks over 60 days old will not be honored.

10. MEMBERS - Be sure to include a flat $5.00 fee for entry into any or all categories.

Rules for Non-PSO Members
Certain contest categories have been designated as "Open to All"

A. Non-Members are those who have not paid dues to dues to the PSO for the current year (Regular $20.00, Student $7.50).Membership form can be obtained from the Membership Coordinator and on our website: Annual dues should be mailed to Marsha Kay Oldham, P. O. Box 612, Garber, OK 73738

B. Non-members who join PSO will need to pay the $5.00 fee to enter any or all categories, in addition to dues.

C. An entry fee of three dollars ($3.00) per contest entry must accompany Non-Member submissions. Please do NOT send cash! Make personal checks, cashier checks, or money orders payable to Poetry Society of Oklahoma.


Formatting Guidelines

1. Provide two (2) copies of each poem. On one copy only, include name and address in the upper right corner.
Do Not put name and address on the second copy!

2. Type all poems single-spaced (double space between stanzas) on 8" x 11" white paper. NOTE: If "Form" is listed as Poet's Choice,
    and a specific form is used, please state type of form on page.

3. Type the number and name of category in the upper left corner of each poem page.

4. Include one cover sheet:
                     A. On cover sheet, type name and address in  the upper right corner.
                     B. Non-Member should be included on the cover sheet of any entry other than PSO members.
                     C. Skip a few lines. On the left side, type number and name of category. ON THE SAME LINE, right side of page type title of poem.
                     D. On the next line, (directly below number and name of category, and title) indent a few spaces and type the first line or phrase of poem
                           between quote marks.*

Category #00 - Name of Category                                                        Title of Poem
                                                "this is the first line or phrase of your poem"

5. All poems, cover sheet, entry fee and SASE should be contained in one 9" x 12" envelope.

6. Winners in the PSO Annual Spring Contest will be announced at the March Awards Banquet.

NOTE: For more information on individual categories regarding form requirements or poem example; contact either the sponsor, or Marsha Kay Oldham,

(We also recommend that you read Lewis Turco's, The Book of Forms or other authorized books on forms)


Workshop Contest Categories                                                          National Poetry Day Contest

PSO Annual Spring Contest Categories

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