Broadside Contest

Ashland Poetry Press Broadside Contest


Ashland Poetry Press is excited to announce our second annual Poetry Broadside Contest, open in the fall of 2024.


2024 Submission Guidelines

  • Submission period: September 1 to November 1, 2024

  • One entry = one to two unpublished poems. (Each poem will be judged individually; not as a pair.)

  • Multiple submissions are welcome, but a new fee is required for each entry.

  • Poems should be 40 lines or fewer to accommodate the page (including spaces between stanzas).

  • Please do not send fully designed broadsides; only poems.

  • Ashland University graduates or past students of Poetry Press director Chuck Carlise should not submit. (Note: this may change in future years; we’re playing extra safe in our inaugural run.)


    First place receives: $250 and 50 printed copies of their winning broadside (as well as the digital original)

    Two runners-up receive: 25 printed copies of their winning broadside (as well as the digital original) 


Past Broadside Contest Winners:

  • 2023
  • Winner: Dante Di Stefano, for "Moon Over Gaza" 
  • Runner-Up: Burgi Zenhaeusern, for "To Her Fury" 
  • Runner-Up: Heather Halberg Yanda, for "The Singing Bowl" 


Some Notes on the Contest:

What is a poetry broadside?

A single poem printed on a single leaf of paper, accompanied by an image or artistic motif. 


Why open a contest for these?

We are looking for ways to make literature more present in everyday life.  Poetry broadsides can be framed (or not) and hung like paintings or photos on the wall.  They’re beautiful, captivating, and they compel people to stop and read a poem.  We’d like more of that in the world.


What kind of poems are you looking for?

There is no theme or preference for this contest; we only want to read great poems and make beautiful art.


Who’s judging and then designing the winning broadsides?

The contest will be judged by the Ashland Poetry Press staff.  Winners will be designed by poet and artist Lindsay Lusby.  (Here’s some of her past work.) 


Anything else to know?

All entrants to the contest entrants will also receive a 50% discount on each of the three winning broadsides.

Winners will be announced in January, and the winning broadsides will be available for purchase at AWP in Kansas City (February 6-9) as well as on our website (                    


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