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Calling all poets living or working in the 44839 zip code! This year’s poetry contest will kick off in April for National Poetry Month. Submissions will be accepted during the months of April and May and winners will be announced in September along with the public release of the next volume of the 44839: Poetry from a Zip Code anthology. Full rules for submission and information about the judging process are detailed below. 


2020 Winners 

The fourth annual 44839: Poetry Contest concluded in April, 2020, but was delayed until 2021 due to COVID-19 safety restrictions on group gatherings. In September 2021, a poetry event was held to announce the winners and to release this year's poetry book. A team a judges independently scored each poem and arrived at consensus based on scoring. The winners were:

1st Place - Joan Harris for "People of the Greyhound"
2nd Place (tied) - Donna Gassett for "Tiny Stiches" & Sandra Wright for "Spring Break"
3rd Place - Dustin Baker for "Manhood"

The poems submitted in the 2020 contest are collected in the book 44839: Poetry from a Zip Code Vol. IV published by Drinian Press. CLICK HERE to find a copy of 44839: Poetry from a Zip Code Vol. IV.


2019 Virtual Poetry Event

Due to precautions necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19, the annual poetry event that normally took place during the month of April 2020 was canceled. Instead, both patrons and poets can hear poems read aloud at the Library's Virtual Poetry Event.

CLICK HERE to visit the 44839: Poetry from a Zip Code Virtual Poetry Event.


Submission Guidelines 

Any poet who lives or is employed 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 which could be included in the published anthology, but they are not eligible for awards.

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

  • Entries must be submitted between April 1 and May 31, 2022.
  • Each poet may submit up to four poems written in any style. The total length of the submission, however, cannot exceed four pages. Please submit all poems in one submission rather than multiple emails. 
  • 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 (preferred) to DrinianPress@frontier.com -OR- via regular mail to 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 Public Library poetry event during September, 2022. 
  • 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 are only able to participate if there is an acknowledgment from a parent or guardian.
  • Prizes are awarded as follows:
    First Prize $75
    Second Prize $50
    Third Prize $25 

About the Judging Process 

All submissions are copied without any identifying information. Judges see only the anonymous poem. Each judge on the panel evaluates and scores all 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 in September. 

Contact Info

Huron Public Library

333 Williams Street
Huron, Ohio 44839

(419) 433-5009
(419) 433-7228

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