Writing Competitions

  • This page will list upcoming writing competitions and other opportunities for submissions. 

  • Hexapod Haiku 2022

    Ever flip a log and watch millipedes scurry away? Or seen a bumble bee buzz a flower? Have you ever opened a bag of flour, only to discover it’s infested with tiny beetles? These moments are perfect inspirations for writing haiku.

    Who can participate: Anyone in the world who draws joy from poetry, insects and their relatives, or all of the above! Submissions from all ages and backgrounds are welcome.

    WhatSubmissions should be haiku inspired by insects (or spiders or millipedes or other related arthropods).

    Haiku are brief poems that capture a moment in time and are thus written in the present tense. These brief poems generally have 10-15 syllables and three or fewer lines. They strive to celebrate the extraordinary in the ordinary, and often create meaning through a juxtaposition of two parts.

    When: Submission will be accepted now through May 15, 2022 at 11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced June 6, 2022.

    How: Entries should be unpublished work and submitted using this form. Submissions are limited to 3 haiku per person.

    Entry Fee: None!

    Bonus: All the winners will be announced and featured on the museum’s blog and social media (twitter & instagram), and mailed a small prize.

    Find more information at https://express.adobe.com/page/NyhMS45l2Be0H/ 

  • St. Andrew’s Poetry Contest 2022

    Caring for Creation

    Psalm 24

    1 The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, *

    the world and all who dwell therein.

    If the earth and all that is in it are God’s, how do we honor and care for the world, its resources, and all who live here?

    This verse from Psalm 24 expresses faith as an Episcopal Church in our relationship to God and his creation. Whatever your beliefs about spiritual presence in the universe, how should we relate to the natural world we inhabit and to the perils it currently faces?


    Submissions will be accepted from March 28, 2022, through May 22, 2022


    Who may enter
    While we particularly encourage parishioners of St. Andrew’s, the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, and residents of Centre County including Penn State University to submit their work, the contest is open to anyone. 



    • The competition is organized by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, in State College, Pennsylvania. As a church-sponsored contest, we are seeking submissions that engage with God or spirituality, however the writer defines them.
    • Poems must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant and written in English.
    • We welcome all forms and styles.
    • We also welcome original photography on the same theme. While they will not be judged or eligible for prizes, selected photos may be included in the contest anthology or on our website with the prize-winning and honorable mention poems.


    Submission Information

    • Each entrant may submit up to three (3) poems.
    • Please submit a single document in a single email to poetry@StAndrewSC.org.
    • Attach poems to the email as a .doc, .docx or .pdf attachment with your name and age category in the subject line. In the body of the email, list poem title(s).
    • All submissions will be read anonymously. Please remove your name and contact information from your document and file name. File name should instead give title of first poem in submission (for example: TheWind.docx.)
    • Photos (up to 5) may be included in the same or a separate email as .pdf, .jpg, or .png attachments with your name and age category (Youth or Adult) in the subject lines.
    • All submissions will be considered for inclusion in our contest anthology.

    Entry fees
    There is no entry fee. 


    Prizes and Judges

    Prizes will be awarded in two categories:

    • Youth (18 and under) -- judged by Kate Hoffman
    • Adult (19 and older) -- judged by Talley Kayser

    1st prize: $250

    2nd prize: $100

    A special Judge’s Choice prize of $50 will be awarded in each category selected by 

    The Rt. Rev. Audrey C. Scanlan, Bishop of the Diocese of Central PA (Adult) and 

    The Rev. Jeffrey A. Packard, Rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, State College, PA (Youth)


    All contest winners and honorable mentions in each category will be announced in May 2022. These poems will be included in a contest anthology and on our Arts @ St. Andrew’s website alongside an original work by guest poet, Marjorie Maddox. Each poet and photographer whose work is published will receive a copy of the anthology.


    Contest winners will be invited to participate in a reading at St. Andrew’s as part of the
    Central PA Festival of the Arts, July 14 - 17, 2022, date and details to be determined.


    Competition website
    For further information visit our competition website.

Last Modified on April 14, 2022