MWA 2019 Poetry Contest Submission Form

For 2019, we challenge the poets to write a poem about Maryland. Help us get a sense of this great state and its people.



  1. The poem must be about or occur in Maryland. It can encompass a famous person, event, or location.
  2. Poems may be no longer than one hundred (100) typed lines.
  3. Poems must be submitted in Word, double-spaced, New Times Roman 12 pt. Any submission not in this format will be rejected.
  4. Do not include name or other identifying information on the submission.
  5. Poems should be written for general consumption. They may not contain obscenities, sexual content, or extreme violence.
  6. Poems may not have been previously published, either in print or electronically.
  7. Up to three poems may be entered. Each requires a separate word document that can be submitted with one entry form.
  8. The contest is open to all MWA members and/or to Maryland residents.
  9. Participants who are not MWA members must be a Maryland resident.
  10. Entries should be submitted using this form.
  11. The three judges are award-winning poets Sue Ellen Thompson (Pulitzer Prize nominee), Steven Leyva (Cave Canem Fellow and Little Patuxent Review Editor) and Grace Cavalieri (Poet Laureate of Maryland). Link here for judge bios.
  12. Winners will be notified by February 28, 2020.
  13. The top three winners will receive the following prizes: first place - $100, second place - $75, third place - $25.
  14. The collection of winning entries will be published by MWA. Each winner will receive one copy regardless of how many poems are selected for publication.
  15. The winners will be acknowledged at the annual Maryland Writers’ Conference taking place March 28-29, 2020.
  16. Winners will be asked to read at the MWA annual meeting in June 2020.
  17. The contest closes December 30.


Please use this form to submit. You may submit up to three poems total. See above for complete rules and restrictions. 



The contest opens October 1 and closes December 30.

Submissions are now closed. Any poems submitted after the December 30 deadline will be disregarded.