Friday, April 5, 2024

2024 Ohio Poet of the Year nomination guidelines

Ohio Poet of the Year, 2024


Nomination guidelines

  • Poets are invited to self-nominate by submitting their books, along with their complete contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email) and a bio (50-100 words).
  • Books may also be sent in by others, such as a publisher, editor, poetry colleague or poetry group. 
  • There is no form to fill out, no fee, and no letter of recommendation is necessary. 
  • The poet must be a native or a resident of Ohio, or if neither, must have previously lived in Ohio and established close ties to the state.
  • Books must be at least 48 pages in total (including front matter, title pages, photographs, art work).
    • They may be from a commercial, university, small or hybrid press, but vanity books and self-published books will not be considered.
    • They may have received previous awards or honors.
    • They must have been published between September 1, 2022 and May 1, 2024.
    • They must be the work of one poet, not an edited anthology including various poets.
    • No translations.
  • Poets who have previously entered the contest but did not win, may submit a different book.
  • No one will be chosen a second time as Poet of the Year.


  • Nominations must be received by May 15, 2024.


  • Mail two copies of the book to:


Ohio Poet of the Year Committee

206 East Dixon Avenue

Dayton, OH 45419 

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