Deadline Extended for the 2017 NFSPS Convention Texas Hold ‘Em Poetry Contest

A new “deal” for
Convention Attendees!
E  X  T  E  N  D  E  D  Deadline
2017 NFSPS Convention
Texas Hold ‘Em Poetry Contest
Postmarked by May 1, 2017
Unpublished, Any Subject, Any Form
36-Line Limit
Winners announced at the convention.
Yep, you gotta be there to win!

Prizes: 1st – $100, 2nd – $75, 3rd – $50,
and three (3) HMs – $25 each.

Enter as many times as you want.
$10 entry fee for each group of three (or fewer) poems.

Make checks payable to
Poetry Society of Texas

Snail mail entries only!

Postmark by MAY 1, 2017
Send two copies: one with Name, Address, Phone Number, Email Address, State Society membership or Non-Member; one with no ID.

Send to J. Paul Holcomb, Texas Hold ‘Em Convention Contest Chairman,
235 Shady Hill Lane, Double Oak, TX 75077-8270.


The extended May 1 deadline applies ONLY to the above-mentioned convention contest offered by the Poetry Society of Texas for convention attendees only. The winners of this contest will be announced opening night of the convention June 29).

March 15 is still the postmark deadline for the NFSPS Annual Contests (orange brochure) and online at under Poetry Contests. Winners in these contests will be announced throughout the convention proceedings, as usual.

2017 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Convention

The Poetry Society of Texas is thrilled to be hosting the National Federation of State Poetry Societies Convention in 2017!

The Art and Soul of Poetry
Hilton Downtown Fort Worth
Entertainment ~ Meals ~ Open Readings ~ Contests ~ Workshops ~ Music ~ Fun
June 29-July 2

“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship

At the 2017 NFSPS Convention, there will be music, poems, art, words, and more, as we celebrate The Art and Soul of Poetry. Our headquarters will be the historic Hilton hotel, located in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Reserve your room by calling 1-817-870-2100, and be sure to mention that you are with the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Single and Double rooms are $119, Triple is $129, and Quad is $139. Valet parking at the hotel is $18 a day (which is a reduced rate for convention attendees). Public parking is also available, which is free on Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday.

For those arriving on Wednesday, what about going out to Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky-tonk? If you prefer a quieter evening, there will be an open mic and a chance to visit with old and new friends. There are three restaurants in the hotel, and others within walking distance.

A trip to the Stockyards on Thursday morning will provide the opportunity to see the longhorn cattle drive, peruse the shops, and enjoy lunch. Thursday afternoon, art lovers may visit one or more of the museums in the Arts District. After dinner Thursday night, winners in the convention contest will read their prize poems (deadline is March 15—see more info elsewhere in this issue of Strophes), followed by musical entertainment. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be packed with programs, meetings, workshops, meals, readings, contest announcements, and other activities. A poetry/art project will be ongoing, culminating on Sunday morning with a reading at the FW Water Gardens and the creation of a PoetTree. We have a great line-up of speakers: Urania Fung, instructor at Tarrant County College; Anne McCrady, poet and storyteller; Pat Stodghill, Poet Laureate of TX, past president of PST and NFSPS; Dr. Nathan Brown, Poet Laureate of OK—who now lives in Texas; Karla Morton, Poet Laureate of TX; Beth and Mark Ayers, Magic Lantern enthusiasts; Scott Wiggerman, Dos Gatos Press; and Carmen Tafolla, Poet Laureate of TX, our keynote presenter.

The April issue of Strophes will have our complete schedule and the convention registration form. Y’all come!

NFSPS Convention Flyer

NFSPS Convention Contest Texas Hold’em

NFSPS Convention Hotel Information

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”

Using this line from Tennyson’s poem, in which he wrote of nobleness
in supporting one’s country, PST is reaching out to our noble members
for financial support of our organization’s plans for hosting the 2017
NFSPS convention in Fort Worth. Although registration fees for the
convention will cover most expenses, Light Brigade donations will help
cover additional costs necessary to have a Texas-proud event.

Help support the 2017 NFSPS Convention!

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Hope to see you there!