January 3, 2014

Carriage House Poetry Prize: Observance of Arbor Day

The Carriage House Poetry Series and The Fanwood Shade Tree Commission announce The Carriage House Poetry Prize in Observance of Arbor Day 2014.

A first prize of $250 and publication in the Autumn 2014 print issue of TIFERET: Literature, Art, and The Creative Spirit. Selected finalists will receive certificates.

  • Entries should consist of no more than two poems—no more than 40 lines each.
  • Each poem must be single-spaced on a separate sheet of paper.
  • Submit 2 copies of each poem, one copy with the poet’s name, address, phone number,and email address in the upper right corner.
  • Poems must be previously unpublished and must contain reference to a tree or trees (not necessarily poems about trees). Any style or form. (Not re-writes or take-offs on Joyce Kilmer’s famous poem “Trees.” Judges will look for poems characterized by technical proficiency, striking imagery and strong sound quality.)
  • Entry is free.
  • Poems will not be returned, so please keep a copy for your files.
  • Deadline: In-hand by March 1, 2014. Winners will be notified via email by April 7, 2014.
Send entries via snail mail to:

Carriage House Poetry Prize

c/o Adele Kenny & Tom Plante
Fanwood Borough Hall
75 North Martine Avenue
Fanwood, NJ 07023

Tom Plante (Publisher/Editor Exit 13 Magazine)
Linda Radice (Award Winning Poet & Fanwood Arts Council Member)

Final Judges
Donna Baier Stein – Founder/publisher of Tiferet; Pen/New England Discovery Award & NJ State Arts Council Fellowship recipient; awards from the Poetry Societies of Virginia and New England; founding poetry editor of Bellevue Literary Review; Breadloaf Writers Conference scholarship; Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars fellowship; author of Sometimes You Sense the Difference; Iowa fiction awards finalist for Sympathetic People (published by Serving House Press, 2013).

Adele Kenny – Author of 23 books (poetry & nonfiction); Carriage House Poetry Series founder/director; Fanwood’s Poet Laureate (appointed March 2012), Tiferet Poetry Editor; two NJ State Arts Council poetry fellowships; Writers Digest Poetry Award; Thomas Merton Poetry Award; first place Merit Book Award; 2012 International Book Award; former creative writing professor (College of New Rochelle); twice featured at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival; has read in the US, England, Ireland, and France.


  1. Can it be mailed from another state resident?

    1. I don't see any state requirement to enter.

  2. Hello, I'm Geralyn Pinto from Mangalore, South India and I would very much like to participate in your contest. Am I eligible and may I send in my entries by email seeing that I am so far away? Please do let me know asap. My mail id is: geralynpinto@hotmail.com

  3. Can I submit via email?

  4. "Send entries via snail mail"

  5. I am going to try to overnight my submission!! I just saw this, and am sending from Ohio! Sending it tomorrow!

  6. I am slightly confused, has the deadline past or is there a new deadline for 2015?

  7. Deadline was 3/1/14 for this year. I'm not sure it will be running again in 2015. Follow their site for updates.

  8. Can the poem be about anything?

  9. You missed the deadline by a few months.

  10. Its sad that I missed the deadline and I had a good poem I was working on. I hope they do this next year. If not for men, kindly do it for the trees.... See you later.


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