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Submission Guidelines In General

  • All work is to be completely original and unpublished. Help with spelling and grammar is permissible but supplying more suitable words or phrases would disqualify an entry. Poems will not be returned unless requested and accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
  • One poem per writer
  • 30 lines or less
  • Rhymed or unrhymed
  • Accompanying artwork is also enthusiastically accepted!


  • Any style, typed or hand printed
  • Important!– Include the following information with your poem:
    • Title of poem
    • Author’s name
    • Grade
    • Name of school and town
    • Parent’s or Teacher’s name & phone number
    • Email address to notify winning entries


Send entries to:

or to:
NECC Peace Poetry Contest
100 Elliott Street/Spurk 317h
Haverhill, MA 01830-2399

Deadline for poem submission is March 13, 2020, 5:00 pm.
View the Peace Poetry Submission Form (PDF)


  • A committee of NECC students and faculty will judge the submissions. We will select about 80 or so poems for publication in a chapbook.
  • Selected entries will also receive prizes and awards, and be invited to take part in a poetry reading.

The Reading Event has been Cancelled

News about the winners and the Peace Poetry booklets will be announced.

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