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Adult Chaparral Poetry Contest Rules

PLEASE NOTE: Redrock has canceled the 2021 Chaparral contest due to Covid-19 concerns. We will NOT return anything, but both poems and checks already in the mail will be destroyed. We hope to resume the Chaparral Contest in 2022.


Contest Chair:  Marie Tollstrup (

Entries welcome:  postmarked Sept. 1, 2020, through Dec. 1, 2020


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

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

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

CHIMERA: Fantastic, absurd, OR humorous, any form (need not rhyme)
First Prize $100, Second Prize $50, Third Prize $25


Each poem must
1.    be original, UNPUBLISHED, and 42 lines or fewer
2.    be in 12-point font in standard face such as Times New Roman
3.    have line lengths to fit chapbook pages (60 characters including spaces)
4.    be machine-printed neatly on white 8 ½ x 11-in. paper; no art 
5.    be in GOOD TASTE (grades 1-12 student and adult poems published in one volume)
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, 5 poems at $3 apiece = $15

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

ONE PRIZE per poet in each division/category.    
     Submission indicates permission for top 3 poems
     to be published in the 2021 Chaparral Poetry 
chapbook and online in 2022 at

     No poems or fees will be returned.  For a printed 
     list of  winners, include your SASE.  All winning
     poems will be read aloud at the 25th Redrock 
     Writers’ 19th annual Chaparral Poetry Forum 
     Awards, 8:00 PM in St. George, March 5, 2021.

For information about our March 6, 2021, 25th Anniversary Creative Writing Seminar, speakers (featuring poet Lola Haskins) and registration information,  contact Barbara Funke at or see Redrock Writers  Seminar at after Dec. 1. 
     Redrock Writers is a non-profit operating for the 
     benefit of the public and working in partnership 
     with Utah State Poetry Society’s program of 
     Poetry in the Park, held in Zion National Park and 
     hosted by Zion National Park Forever Project at 
     historic Zion Park Lodge.  For more about Poetry 
     in the Park’s 12th annual workshop on March 5, 
     2021, see      

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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