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All poets living or working in the 44839 zip code can submit poems to this annual poetry contest. Submissions for our third annual poetry contest were accepted from October 1 to December 31, 2019. Winners of the 2019 contest will be announced at the Celebrate Poetry- Celebrate Huron event in April, in honor of National Poetry Month. Full rules for submission and information about the judging process are detailed below.

First Place Prize: $75

Second Place Prize: $50

Third Place Prize: $25

Celebrate Poetry- Celebrate Huron 

Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 pm


During National Poetry month, all members of the public are invited to hear Huron’s poets read poems submitted for the 44839: Poetry Competition. At this event, contest winners will be announced and all entrants will receive a copy of the latest edition of 44839: Poetry from a Zip Code. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase and refreshments will be provided. No registration required.

2018 Winners 

The second annual 44839 Huron Poetry Contest concluded in April, 2019. A team a judges independently scored each poem and arrived at consensus based on scoring. The winners were:

1st Place - David Reese for "Kairos and Cannonballs"
2nd Place - Mila Kette for "Trails"
3rd Place - Shannon Leigh for "Spring Green"

The poems submitted in the 2018 contest are collected in the book 44839: Poems from a Zip Code Vol. II published by Drinian Press. CLICK HERE to find a copy of 44839 Poems from a Zip Code Vol II.

Submission Guidelines for the 2019 Contest 

Any poet who lives or works in the 44839 zip code may enter and be included in a published anthology. If your address is not in the 44839 zip code, add a note explaining your eligibility. Former Huron Poets Laureate and those employed by Drinian Press LLC are encouraged to submit entries, but they are not eligible for a cash prize.

Please read the following rules and regulations to submit a poem to the contest:

  • Entries must be submitted between October 1 and December 31, 2019.
  • Only one submission per poet will be accepted. An entry may consist of up to four poems written in any style. The total length of the submission, however, cannot exceed four pages.
  • Contact information must be included: Name, address, phone, and email (if available). Since a goal of the contest is to create a community of poets, entrants cannot choose to be anonymous.
  • Entries may be submitted via email attachment to: OR via regular mail: Drinian Press LLC, PO Box 63, Huron, Ohio 44839.
  • Previously published poems are welcome, but entrants must indicate prior publication information in their submission.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned.
  • Winners will be announced at a Huron Library Poetry event during April of 2020.
  • Submission to the contest grants rights for a one-time publication in any anthology created to document this event. All contributing poets will receive a free copy of this book.
  • Contestants under 18 years of age not allowed unless there is an acknowledgment from a parent or guardian.

About the Judging Process 

All submissions are copied without any identifying information so that the panel of judges sees only an anonymous poem.  Each judge evaluates and scores entries independently.  Scores are compiled and the group arrives at consensus. By the end of the process, judges know which poems are among the prize winners, but do not know the identities of the poets until announced at the Library event during National Poetry Month.

Contact Info

Huron Public Library

333 Williams St.
Huron, Ohio 44839

419- 433-5009

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