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This year’s winner of the Poets Prize is Timothy Walsh for his poem “My Father’s Royal Standard.” He and many others will be sharing their poetry at our annual reading, which takes place on April 13 at 7pm in the Davidson Rooms at County College of Morris. Hope to see you there!


Entries for the Poets Prize:

One winning poem will be selected by the editors and awarded the 2017 New Jersey Poets Prize. Honorable Mention winners will also be selected. All winners will be published in the 2016 issue of the Journal of New Jersey Poets. Entries must be previously unpublished; all entered manuscripts will be recycled and not returned. $1000.00 prize for a poem written by a New Jersey poet, an engraved commemorative bronze medallion, and a reading at our poetry event.

Deadline: November 1, 2016 postmark.

Up to twelve unpublished poems will be accepted per poet. The entry fee covers the registration of the poems, processing, reading, judging, and mailing of the 2017 issue to each entrant. Checks should be made payable to “COUNTY COLLEGE OF MORRIS FOUNDATION.” An additional $40.00 fee will be charged for any checks returned to the college unpaid. Judging: The editors of the Journal of New Jersey Poets will serve as judges for the New Jersey Poets Prize. Entries received with postmarks later than November 1 will be returned to the poet. Send entries to:

Emily Birx
, Editor
Journal of New Jersey Poets
County College of Morris CH 300
214 Center Grove Road, Randolph N.J. 07869-2086

“(Please write “2017 Poets Prize Submission on the envelope.)”

or email them to Please attach them to the email and include a brief bio/introduction in the email. Please include “2017 prize submission” in the subject line.