Neahkahnie Mountain Poetry Prize 2023

The Hoffman Center for the Arts is sponsoring the Neahkahnie Mountain Poetry Prize in January 2023

 Here’s your chance to see your poem in print along with winning a $100 cash prize.

The winning poem and poet will be featured on the Hoffman Center website and in the newsletter in April and in print in the ninth edition of North Coast Squid literary journal, November, 2023. The top three winners will also be featured at a reading on April 23rd.

You may submit up to three poems of 30 lines or less, on any subject.

Each submitter must state a clear connection to the North Oregon Coast in the biographical statement that accompanies the submission.

The contest will be limited to the first 50 poets who submit. The submission window runs from January 1 to 31. The winner will be notified in March.

There is a $7 entry fee to enter the contest. All submissions must be made online. Please follow the specific guidelines.

The contest judge this year is Lauren Mallett (pictured), the second place winner of last year’s Neahkahnie Mountain Poetry Prize. She earned her MFA and was the Assistant Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University. Her recent writing appears in Poetry Northwest, Puerto del Sol, The Seventh Wave, The Night Heron Barks, Sprung Formal, and other journals. She serves on the Oregon Poetry Association’s Board of Directors. Lauren is the Student Contest Chair of Cascadia, an online anthology and contest for Oregon’s young poets. She is the recipient of a 2021-2022 Cannon Beach Arts Artist Grant. Lauren teaches at Warrenton High School.

The Neahkahnie Mountain Poetry Prize is an annual event sponsored by the Hoffman Center for the Arts Writing Programs.

Photo Credit: Tyler Chappell