Nature Poetry Contest
From Mary Oliver to Robert Frost, poets throughout time have been inspired by the outdoors. We already know this is a creative and inspired community, so we’re inviting you to share your work for a chance at prizes and to be featured in GMC’s print and online platforms.
National Outdoor Book Award-winning author and poet, Sean Prentiss, will judge the contest and feature the winning submission during his January 6 Adventure Series presentation. Sean is the author of Crosscut: Poems, a memoir-in-poems about his time as a trail builder in the Pacific Northwest. Register for the event here.
Sharing your verse is one way you can support our work to protect and maintain the Long Trail and other trails managed by the Green Mountain Club.
- Grand Prize: Announced by author Sean Prentiss, published across our digital platforms, and a $50 gift card to GMC’s online store.
- Second Place Submission: Announced by author Sean Prentiss, published across our digital platforms, and a $25 gift card at GMC’s online store.
- Honorable Mention: authors announced by Sean Prentiss and submissions published across our digital platforms.
- All winning poems will be published in the Spring Long Trail News.
- Submit up to three nature poems.
- Poetry submissions must be original works, not previously published.
- Your submission(s) must be inspired by the outdoors. Bonus points if you can keep it local: include inspiration from the Long Trail and its side trails, the Vermont Appalachian Trail, or Northeast Kingdom Trails in your verses.
Deadline for Submissions
All entries must be received by noon on Friday, December 31.
Winning submissions will be announced by Sean Prentiss on January 6. Winning authors will be contacted via email.
Terry Lovelette says
Hello, I attempted to submit 3 poems but it looks like I might have messed up the process. I don’t see the form, I haven’t submitted any poems, but see this under submission form: thank you for participating! You have submitted the maximum three entries.
Perhaps the universe is telling me to keep my poetry to myself?
All the best-Terry
Chloe Miller says
Terry, we love your poetry! Thanks for letting us know. You’re right, it doesn’t look like your entries came through. You can try clearing the cookies in your browser and trying again, or, just email us! [email protected], subject: Poetry Contest Submissions. We’ll keep an eye out for them.
Angie Hilsman says
Hi Terry, that was my mistake in how I set up the submission form! Thanks for calling it to my attention. It should be good to go now. =) Good luck with your entries!
Erinn Flandreau says
Hello, I am wondering when the next poetry contest might be. And are there any other opportunities to submit writing, outside of the contests? I have a couple of poems from my time on the Long Trail that I’d love to submit. Thank you!