St. Louis Poetry Center Contest


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2016 Beverly Hopkins Memorial Poetry Contest for High School Students

First prize, $200
Second prize, $125
Third prize, $75

Prize winners & honorable mentions are invited to read their poems at our annual poetry concert on May 15, 2016. Winning poems will be published in a chapbook available at the concert.


Maureen McLane, a professor of English literature at New York University and author of three collections of poetry since 2008: This Blue, World Enough, and Same Life.


  • Eligible poets must be high school students living within 100 miles of St. Louis.
  • Submit up to 3 poems that have not won any awards.
  • Poems already published in a high school publication can be submitted.
  • Include the author’s name (no pen name required) and email address on each poem.
  • Enclose a separate piece of paper with the author’s name, street address, phone #, email address, high school, grade, teacher’s name (if he or she encouraged or assigned the poems), and titles of submitted poems.
  • There is no entry fee.

Mail entries to: St. Louis Poetry Center

High School Poetry Contest
567 North & South Road, #8
St. Louis, MO 63130

Or email:

Please attach poems & information sheet as separate Word documents.

Email & Postmark Deadline: MARCH 1, 2016

For more information:
Or contact Robert Lowes at


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