Cultural Integration on the High Plains Poetry Contest

Fur Trade Days – 2018 Poetry Contest

 Cultural Integration on the High Plains:

Buckskinners, Traders, and American Indians

Poetry Contest and Open Readings

Brought to you by the Nebraska Writers Guild, Dawes County Travel Board, and

the Department of English and Humanities at Chadron State College

Poems can address any aspect of the theme

historic, modern, professional, personal, or culture/society.


1st Prize - $150.00, 2nd Prize $75.00, 3rd Prize $25.00


Submission Deadline:


June 15, 2018 


1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Awards and Honorable Mentions

to be announced during the Chadron Fur Trade Days

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners will be published in

the 2018 Nebraska Writers Guild Anthology.

Up to three poems may be entered per poet.

(maximum length – 3 pages per poem)

Entry fee $6.00 per poem

For credit cards or PayPal use

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Or mail entry fees to: Nebraska Writers Guild

642 North Broadwell Ave.

Grand Island, NE 68803


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Winning entries will be published in the Nebraska Writers Guild 2018 Anthology

The 1st place winner will receive a boxed, framed and mounted commemorative copy of their entry.

 However, winners not present for the awards forfeit any cash designated for their prize!

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July 11 - 15, 2018


Please Read Contest Rules Below:



1. Each poem must be no more than 3 pages in length.

2. Each poem must be typed or clearly written on one side of the paper only.(mailed entries will be scanned for submission to the judges losing much of their readability; therefore, we cannot be responsible for their presentation)

3. The name of the entrant must not appear on the entry itself.

4. No alterations can be made to a poem once it has been submitted.

5. The entrant may submit up to 3 of poems, each to be accompanied by a $6.00 entrance fee. We can only accept US dollars.

6. Checks and postal orders should be made payable to: The Nebraska Writers Guild and mailed to: 642 N. Broadwell Ave., Grand Island, NE 68808, United States.

7. Once entered, poems cannot be withdrawn from the competition. It is regretted that no entries can be returned, so keep a copy of your work.

8. No entry fee(s) can be refunded.

9. Winners may be requested to provide a biography and photograph for use in the anthology and/or as part of in any subsequent publicity surrounding the competition or future competitions.

10.No acknowledgment of receipt of poems will be given unless requested.


11. Entries must be in English, not previously published in any form (including on the internet, self-published etc.).

12. The author must be living.

13. No translations are allowed.

14. Entries can be in any style and on any subject related to the theme.

15. Entries should not be submitted for publication elsewhere while the competition is running.

16. Judges of the Cultural Integration on the High Plains competition and members of their immediate families are not eligible to enter.


17. Winners will be decided by our panel of 4 judges. Judges will use the contest evaluation form to assign points by category. The individual judges’ scores will be added together with the entry receiving the most points, second most points, and third most points being declared winners in that order. In that case of a tie, the tied entries will be forwarded to a 5th judge whose scores will be added to the form totals to determine the winner. In case a tie remains, the decision will be made by three members of the Nebraska Writers Guild Board. All decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding a decision. The organizers reserve the right to the judges.

18. All entries must reach us by the closing date (online entries can be submitted up until midnight on the final day of entry). All entry fees must also be received by the closing date for the poems to be released to the judges.

19. All winning poems will be announced at the Fur Trade Days Award Ceremony and Opening reading and will be published in the Nebraska Writers Guild 2018 anthology. Winning entries may also be published elsewhere in the media.

20. Authors who are unable to attend the awards ceremony will forfeit any prize money associated with their winning entry, however, all other benefits of winning will be received.

21. You may request an online copy of the contest evaluation form from the email below.


22. Copyright remains with the competitor, but the Nebraska Writers Guild reserves the right to arrange the first publication or broadcast of selected poems as it sees fit. Submission of a poem(s) implies the competitor’s acceptance of the conditions set out.

The closing date is June 15, 2018.

Mailed entries (these are discouraged) and/or payments by check should be mailed to: Nebraska Writers Guild, 642 N. Broadwell Ave., Grand Island, NE 68803.

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