The 2018 William D. Barney Memorial Chapbook Contest

The Fort Worth Poetry Society

In Cooperation With the Poetry Society of Texas


The William D. Barney Memorial Chapbook Contest, 2018

The contest will honor deceased Fort Worth poet William D. Barney, one of the most distinguished poets Fort Worth has produced, a former member of FWPS, and past president of the Poetry Society of Texas. He won the national Robert Frost Award in 1961 and was Texas Poet Laureate in 1982-83.

The winner will receive $50 plus 25 free copies of the published chapbook.

Rules for Entry:

  1. This contest is open to Texas residents and/or active PST members only. Entry fee for Members of the Poetry Society of Texas is $10. Entry fee for non-members of PST is $20. Make your check or money order payable to the Fort Worth Poetry Society. No cash please.
  2. Contestants should submit a single copy of their manuscript in English only, which should be a minimum of 20 but no more than 30 pages of poetry, and no more than one poem per page. The manuscript may include both published and unpublished poems, but may not include poems from other books by the author. A list of acknowledgments of published poems should not be included. The winner will supply an acknowledgments page, if needed, during arrangements for publication. The author should not be identified on the manuscript. Include a separate identification sheet with name of author, address, phone, email, and title of the manuscript.
  3. Manuscripts with poems that contain explicit sexual language or expletives will not be considered.
  4. Fort Worth Poetry Society will assume the production costs of developing the manuscript into a market-ready, soft cover collection. This includes editing, cover design, pricing and ISBN registration. Upon publication of the finished chapbook, the author will receive 25 free copies of the chapbook, with additional copies available at the author discount of 50%. FWPS reserves the right to print and sell additional copies at retail cost, with a 10% royalty to the author. Except for the rights granted to the FWPS, the winner will retain the copyright to the chapbook.
  5. The winner of the contest will not be eligible to enter again for six years. Current members of the Fort  Worth Poetry Society are not eligible to enter this contest.
  6. A qualified, impartial judge selected by FWPS, but not a member of FWPS or PST, will select the winning manuscript. The judge’s name will not be announced until the winner is announced.
  7. The winner will be invited to do readings from the chapbook at the PST Summer Conference; at a monthly meeting of PST in Dallas; and at a 2nd Friday Poetry program at Benbrook Public Library, Benbrook, Texas.
  8. Entry of the contest acknowledges agreement with these stipulations.
  9. Entries will be accepted with postmarks between January 1 and February 15, 2018.
  10. Announcement of the winner will be at the April, 2018, PST meeting and by email to entrants. Entries should be mailed to: FWPS Chapbook Contest, 10148 Fieldcrest Drive, Benbrook, TX 76126. Include your email or a SSAE to be notified of delivery.

The 2017 Annual Awards Banquet

Introducing the Poetry Society of Texas
61st Annual Awards Banquet:
‘The Magic of Words’

Saturday, November 11th, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton (near the Galleria)
4099 Valley View Lane, Dallas, Texas 75244

For more information, and to register, please see the 2017 Banquet Flyer.

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!