Adult Chaparral Poetry Contest Rules


Contest Chair:  Marie Tollstrup (mariect@infowest.com)

Entries welcome:  postmarked Sept. 1, 2017, through Dec. 1, 2017


CHOLLA: any subject, any form, 42 line limit
First prize $200, Second Prize $100, Third Prize $50

CHAQUETA : Southwest theme (nature, people, history, etc.), any form, 42 line limit
First Prize $100, Second Prize $50, Third Prize $25

CHAPAREJOS: Any subject, rhymed and metered poem, 42 line limit
First Prize $100, Second Prize $50, Third Prize $25

CHIMERA: Imaginative/absurd/humorous, any form (need not rhyme), 42 line limit
First Prize $100, Second Prize $50, Third Prize $25


Each poem must
1. be original, UNPUBLISHED, 42 lines or fewer 
2. have line lengths to fit chapbook pages (4 in. across or shorter)
3. be machine-printed neatly on white 8 ½ x 11-in. paper without art 
4. be in 12-point font in standard face such as Times New Roman
5. be in GOOD TASTE (student and adult poems are published together)
6. have won no more than $10 in any contest

SEND 2 unfolded COPIES of each poem, Division title at top left:
--First Copy:  plain, no ID
--Second Copy:  ID top right corner (name, address, phone, email)

INCLUDE entry fees:  $3 per poem, checks (no cash) payable to Redrock Writers 
For example, 6 poems at $3 apiece = $18

MAIL unfolded poems and check in one 9 x 12-in. (or larger) envelope to
Marie Tollstrup
2280 South Bloomington Hills Dr., Unit 6
St. George, UT 84790-6803

Submission indicates permission for top 3 poems to be published in the 2018 Chaparral Poetry Forum chapbook (editor, Barbara Funke) and online at www.redrockwriters.org.

No poems will be returned.  For a printed list of winners, include your SASE.
All winning poems will be read aloud at the 22nd Redrock Writers’ 16th annual Chaparral Poetry Forum Awards at 8:00 PM in St. George on March 2, 2018. 

For information about Saturday, March 3, 2018, creative writing seminar speakers and registration, contact Barbara Funke at bfunke2@gmail.com or www.redrockwriters.org.  Redrock Writers is a non-profit operating for the benefit of the public.

Redrock Writers works in partnership with Utah State Poetry Society’s program of Poetry 
in the Park, held Friday, March 2, 2018, in Zion National Park and hosted by Zion Canyon Field Institute at the historic Zion Park Lodge.  For more, see www.poetry-in-the-park.com.          

Our shared featured speaker in 2018 will be Jim Barton, current President of NFSPS. 

This project is supported in part by Utah Division of Arts & Museums, by Utah State Poetry Society, and by the St. George Arts Commission with funding from the RAP Tax Board of Washington County.



Redrock Writers depends on the voluntary efforts of Southern Utah writers who participate in our collective learning, write and read their poetry, and help organize and lead our regular activities. We deeply appreciate the contributions of members of UTSPS Dixie Chapter, the Utah State Poetry Society, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, the Heritage Writers Guild and The League of Utah Writers. We also express appreciation to outstanding poets from across America who participate in blind judging our yearly contest.

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