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Shea poetry contest deadline extended


The WyoPoets 2017 Eugene V. Shea National Poetry Contest postmark deadline has been extended until Dec. 15, 2016. The first-place winner will be awarded $100, second place $50, third $30, and fourth $20. Up to five honorable mentions will also be awarded. Poems, published or unpublished, of up to 40 lines, including title and line breaks, are eligible. Entry fee is $3 plus $1 per poem entered. There is no limit on the total number of poems entered.

For guidelines and entry instructions, visit the WyoPoets website at Questions may be directed to Susan Mark, contest chair, at

This annual contest is named in honor of Eugene V. Shea, of Hanna, who died in September. Shea was a long-time member and past president of WyoPoets. He chaired the national contest for eight years, represented WyoPoets at numerous meetings of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and served as a juror for poetry contests in other states. A prolific writer, he wrote more than 1,300 poems and published eight volumes of poetry.

WyoPoets is an organization of persons who write poetry for publication and/or as a hobby. It is open to all poets, both in-state and nationally. WyoPoets is a 501(c)(3) organization and is the Wyoming branch of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. (NFSPS). More information on WyoPoets may be found at


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