Contests & Calls for Submissions

Common Threads - OPA Annual Journal

Common Threads deadline August 31: OPA members can submit poems for each year's Common Threads by August 31. We encourage new members in particular to send three poems, even if previously published, to as Word documents. You can also check out the guidelines on the OPA website here.

OPA Sponsored Contests

The Ohio Poetry Association sponsors the following contests each year:

NFSPS Poetry Contests

Additionally, OPA Members in good standing are eligible to enter NFSPS Poetry Contests. The NFSPS sponsors fifty annual poetry contests with cash prizes totaling over $6,000, including a grand prize of $1,500.  Information about select NFSPS poetry contests are available below:

Ohio Poetry Day Contests

Though not sponsored by the Ohio Poetry Association, the Ohio Poetry Day organization is closely related to the Ohio Poetry Association, and both organizations strive to support one another's efforts.  Information about Ohio Poetry Day is available at