Sandcutters Monthly Contest Rules

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Rules / Guidelines

Sandcutters accepts manuscripts from members only. By entering the monthly contest(s) winning authors agree to allow Sandcutters first-time publication rights. All future reproduction rights are retained by the authors. The editor(s) retains the right to make all decisions on formats, long-line breaks, and placement in the publication.

Monthly Contest Guidelines

Please read carefully and follow these guidelines to ensure your poem is included in the contests.

Submission to ASPS monthly contests is limited to current members of the Arizona State Poetry Society. Members may submit only unpublished original poems and they need to be submitted by the 5th of each month. The contest chair asks that you wait 45 days after the contest deadline before submitting these poems elsewhere. There is no entry fee for the monthly contests.

If mailing, enclose two (2) copies of each poem. One copy with your name and address in the upper left corner. Both copies should include the month - category - form or subject in the upper right corner. Please proofread your work thoroughly.

If emailing, attach a copy of the poem to your email and only put the category and the month on the poem--do not put your name and address on the poem. In the body of your email, please enter your name, address, category, month, and title or first line of the poem.

FORMAT: Poems should be typed or computer-generated on white bond paper, size 81/2" x 11". Originals or clean copies are acceptable. Submit each poem on a separate sheet.

LIMITS: Submissions have a maximum of 30 lines (including line spaces between stanzas) per poem; the poem title does not count as a line. Submit only one poem per category per month. Please, no simultaneous submissions.

DEADLINE: If mailed, entries must be postmarked by the first of the month and received by Contest Chair by the fifth of the contest month. If sent by email, entries must be received by Contest Chair by the fifth of the contest month.

NOTE: Entrants may elect to have their poem(s) withheld from being published in the Annual 2020 Sandcutters so that you may submit to other journals for publication.  If you wish to withhold a particular poem from Sandcutters,  indicate such on the poem.  You will still receive recognition in Sandcutters with your name and poem title indicated.

WINNERS: Each month nine (9) selected poems will receive a $5.00 award and are published in the next issue of Sandcutters. To assist our bookkeeping, winners are requested to cash checks promptly.


Rhonda Brown

ASPS Monthly Contest Chair

1550 N. Stapley #129

Mesa, AZ 85203

OR EMAIL TO: [email protected]


Category I: Traditional (identify form)

Category II: Free Verse

Category III: The Monthly Subject (see below)

2020 Contests Monthly Subjects

January            Puzzles              

February          Hollow   

March               Letters    

April                  Farewell    

May                   Happy Riders     

June                   Fruit     

July                    Forgetting  

August              Hope    

September       Stranger