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Submission Guidelines

  • All work is to be completely original and unpublished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 fewer
  • 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 by mail
NECC Peace Poetry Contest
100 Elliott Street #C317H
Haverhill, MA 01830

The deadline to submit poems is April 15
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


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