"Matter" Poetry Contest Information

Any topic or style is acceptable. Even though this anthology will be called Matter, all that
is expected is that your poetry reflects emotions and thoughts coming from the depths of
you. You need not write about a particular word. We just want you to know that your
talent with words can matter to others. The winners will be announced on November 20,
Oprelle Publications enjoys finding "diamonds in the rough". O.P. wants to recognize
hidden talent by giving unknown writers a chance to be published. Matter is our current
book project. Shakespeare's Queen Gertrude once requested "more matter with less

Rules / Regulations


Contest entries for "Matter" Poetry Contest will be accepted now through October 30, 2021. Winners will receive a letter and prize winnings by regular mail. Oprelle’s Poetry Contest winners will be posted on our site upon the conclusion of the contest.


1st –

$300 in cash winnings.

  • Prime Anthology Placement (Back cover of Book) - Free copy of Matter. A featured position for a minimum of one week on Oprelle Publication's Website.
  • 2nd –

    $200 in cash winnings.

  • Prime Anthology Placement (First Page) - Free copy of Matter.
  • 3rd –

    $100.00 in cash winnings.

  • Prime Anthology Placement (Last Page) - Free copy of Matter. Finalists (Up to 150) will receive publication in the Matter anthology.

  • Additional Finalists

    • Really great writers can be published in something of substance! All finalists will receive a free digital copy of Matter.


    Anyone, your information must be able to be verified.


    Contest entries are judged by a highly educated panel of experts. Here are some of their qualifications:

    • Award-winning writer with a BA in English
    • First-place overall winner in short fiction, playwriting, and poetry in the IUP 2020 undergraduate creative writing contest.
    • Published poet and songwriter from Pennsylvania Literary Society’s magazine
    • PHD in Instructional Management and Leadership
    • Master of Arts in Teaching
    • Secondary Education/English Teacher
    • Founder of the Fayette County Creative Coalition
    • Outstanding Poetry Editor for work with literary magazine, Lexicon
    • Carroll Creative Writing Scholarship winner (awarded for a collection of poetry)
    • Arlene Severin Memorial English Award
    • Westmorland County Arts Honorable Mention for Fiction
    • Scholastic Honorable Mention for Poetry
    • O’Donnell Research Grant (to expand on a collection of poems)
    • Juris Doctor Candidate at Duquesne University School of Law
    • Plus, several academically-minded teenagers to keep us grounded!