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Student 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: Lenore Madden 435-229-8094 or

Entries welcome:  postmarked Sept. 1, 2018, through Dec. 15, 2018

{Deadline is December 15, 2018}

1. be ORIGINAL, UNPUBLISHED, 30 lines or fewer
2. be machine-printed (printable from email attachment) neatly on plain white 8 1/2 x 11 paper
3. in standard, legible size 11 or 12 font such as Times New Roman, Arial, etc., 
4. with line lengths 4.5 inches or shorter on a word-processed page (use scale at top of page) 
5. stand on its own without art work or illustration
6. be TITLED uniquely

Students, including online and home-schooled, in grades 1-12 living within the Washington County School District should do ONE of the following:  

    1. REGULAR MAIL -- ONE printed copy of poem with the following information:
•    ID in top left corner with these items: 
•    student name 
•    grade
•    school name (or "home schooled")
•    teacher name, teacher email

Place poem unfolded in one large envelope and mail with correct postage to the following address:
        Student Chaparral Poetry Contest
        2041 W. Plateau.
        St. George, UT 84770

        Teachers may also collect his or her class’s poems and mail them in one mailing. 


2. EMAIL to as a Word.doc attachment (Do NOT send in the body of the email)
         --Place the complete title of the poem in subject line and on the poem.
          --Include complete ID information above the poem title in the upper left corner of the attachment (see required ID information above)

    NOTE:  At the request of our editor, any poems that cannot be completely identified with name, grade, school, and teacher will not receive a prize or recognition. That includes poems entered by email that are not sent as an attachment with full ID on the Word document.

    WINNERS will be notified by their teachers.  Winning students are invited to attend the Awards Ceremony to receive certificates and prize money Friday evening, March 01, 2019, at 7:00 PM in the Community Building.  Parents, family, friends, teachers, and principals of the winners are encouraged to attend.  Refreshments will follow.

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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