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Poetry Writing Contest

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Encouraged by the tremendous participation of NEHS members and Advisors in the writing challenges offered over the last two years, we again are planning a new Writing Contest for the upcoming year. We return to poetry as the genre for submissions; there will be five submission periods over the year, with all entries uploaded through the AwardSpring portal. Poets will be asked to frame their work within the context of one of two themes assigned each writing period.

The first submission window is from Tuesday, September 7 through Monday October 4; the initial themes are “Good vs. Evil” or “Connection and Separation.”

Submission Due Dates and Topics

Application Period



Themes Accepted

1. Fall 2021 Sep 7, 2021 Oct 7, 2021 “Good vs. Evil” OR
“Connection and Separation”
2. Late Fall 2021 Nov 1, 2021 Nov 22, 2021 “Power and Corruption” OR
“Outside the Window”
3. Winter 2021-2022 Dec 1, 2021 Jan 10, 2022 “Individual vs. Society” OR “Prejudice”
4. Late Winter 2022 Jan 31, 2022 Feb 28, 2022 “Sacrifice” OR
“Never Again”
5. Spring 2022 Mar 7, 2022 Apr 11, 2022 Writers’ Choice of Theme/Topic

Learn more about this year’s submission and eligibility guidelines.

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