Poets & Patrons 56th Annual


Deadline:  September 1, 2012


PRIZES:  $45.00, $20.00, $10.00 and three HMs in each category.

A $12.00 ($10.00 for members) entry fee covers one poem submitted in any or all categories.  Each additional poem $1.00.  Winners will be notified in October. 




#1        RELIGIOUS POEM                                    In Memory of Pat Gangas

            (open to all)                                        Sponsors: Glenna Holloway and Wilda



#2        HUMOROUS POEM                       In Memory of Ella Kracke

            (open to all)                                        Sponsor:  W. Clement Stone


#3        FORMAL VERSE                           In Memory of Helen Schaible

            (open to all)                                        Sponsors:  the children of Helen Schaible


#4        FREE VERSE                                  In Memory of Margarete Cantrall

(open to all)                                        Sponsor:  Beth Staas


#5        SOCIAL CONSCIENCE                In Memory of Virginia Nicholas

            (open to all)                                        Sponsor:  Linda Wallin


#6        MINIATURE POEM                       In Memory of Wiltrude Lee Smith

(open to all)                                        Sponsor:  Jared Smith


#7        THEME:  Chicago news,                 In Memory of Robert Anderson

            politics and newspapers                    Sponsors:  Judith Tullis and Charlotte

            (open to all)                                        Digregorio                 


#8        THEME: Chicago art                       In Memory of Gertrude Rubin

            and/or museums (open to                 Sponsors:  Tom Roby and Jenene

members and Chicagoland               Ravesloot



#9        THEME:  Outdoor Chicago,           In Memory of Wilma Burton and

            city and suburbs                                Bernhard Hillilla

            (open to members and                      Sponsor:  John Gordon

            Chicagoland residents)



#10      THEME:  Chicago History              In Memory of Gladys Muller

(open to members                              and Benjamin M. Eaton

and Chicagoland residents)              Sponsors:  Caroline Johnson and

                                                                        Barbara Eaton




Eligibility:       (1)        Categories #1 through #7 are open to all.

Categories #8 through #10 are open to members and other persons living within 100 miles of Chicago. 

(2)        Poems must be in English and unpublished.

(3)         Poems may not be entered if they have won earlier cash                        

awards from Poets & Patrons.

(4)         Do not enter the same poem in two categories.

(5)         Line limit: 60 lines.  Miniature poem:  12 lines.


Format:          (1)        Type or computer-generate on 8 ½” x 11” standard paper,

                                    using font size 12 or up.

(2)               Use no unusual fonts or graphics.

(3)               An entry consists of 2 copies of the poem.  In the upper right-hand corner of each copy, place number, category, form of poem (for Formal) and the title of the poem.

(4)               At the top left of one copy, place name, address, phone number, and email of the poet.

(5)               Do not staple pages together.  Exception:  should your poem necessitate a second page, staple these together and label them p. 1, p. 2.

(6)               Assemble your entries by category number, the identified copy, then unidentified copy.

(7)               Send all entries flat, in a single mailing, using first class mail, postmarked no later than September 1, 2012.

(8)               Be sure to enclose your check for $12.00 ($10 for members), made payable to Poets & Patrons, Inc.

Entry fee covers one poem in each category.  Each additional poem costs $1.

(9)               If you want a winners’ list, enclose SASE.


Send entries, inquiries, and fees to:  Barbara Eaton, Contest Chair, 416 Gierz

Street, Downers Grove, IL  60515-3838.  Poet keeps all rights.  Poems will not be returned.  Judges are out-of-state professionals, and their decisions are final.

Rules also posted on web site:  www.poetsandpatrons.net.