Contest Updates: July 2018

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Due to the typical flurry of summer activity, I’m running late on the Editor’s Challenge June selections, as well as the July prompts. I’ll get everything caught up on Monday, 9 July 2018 so be sure to check back here then.

Also for those waiting to hear the results of the 2018 National Poetry Contest, I just received a note from its coordinator, Robert Crawford:

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire’s May 2018 National Contest results have been delayed due to unforeseeable circumstances. We expect the results to be announced within the next two weeks. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused those who entered the contest.

I’ll be sure the results get posted here in addition to any other locations. To get notified when they are posted, click on the “follow” button at the bottom of this webpage and you will get an email.

Thanks for your patience,
JS (Jessi) Graustein
TPT Editor

Editor’s Challenge: May 2018 Selection

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Thanks to all the PSNH members who sent poems in response to May’s prompts! This month we didn’t get any non-member submissions, so please spread the word about the June challenge to any poets you know.

The new prompts are live and waiting for your imagination to bring them to life. We have increased the allowed line lengths and word counts for this month, so hopefully more of you will play:-)


“Inside Outside the Box” by Randall Wright
This poem will be included in TPT 61.1, which is due out August 2018.

Editor’s Challenge: April 2018 Selections

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Thanks for all the entries in our Poetry Month challenge. We really appreciate your time since we know there were a lot of other poetry-writing challenges you had to choose from. Please help us spread the word and make the selection even harder! May’s prompt is already live and waiting for your imagination:-)


“Monitor” by Heather Dupont
(This poem will be included in TPT 61.1, which is due out August 2018.)


Stealth Monitor

You stand at the recess of my mind
surveying the surroundings
ready to take out
unwanted prey.
With a whip of your tail
and a swat
from your razor sharp claws
you can sever
unwanted predators
lurking in the corners.
I know despite
your poor night vision
my thoughts are safe
in the darkness
for you are
a stealth monitor.

©2018 Deb Correia
“New Hampshire transplant for 15 years. Love God, nature, writing, music & time with friends. Observer of all things wild and wonderful.”

April word prompt is monitor

April’s Word of the Month prompt