2018 Poetry Contest

All US Military Veterans are invited to submit original poetry to the
2018 Heroes’ Voices National Veterans Poetry Contest
In cooperation with George Mason University

First Prize $1,000  ♦  Second Prize $500  ♦  Third Prize $250  ♦  Fourth Prize $100

The jury members and project advisors include:



Rick Davis

George Mason University

Colonel David Rabb

US Army-Ret


Poet Laureate of San Francico

Theme: The Soldiers’ Journey: Poems about the experience of being in the armed services and/or being a veteran. Poems may be inspired by personal triumphs or tragedies, relationships, health, spiritual insights, community, family and social issues, affected by your service in the military.

Winning submissions and other selected poetry will be featured in public readings in San Francisco, California and at George Mason University in Virginia in the spring of 2018.

Heroes’ Voices will publish Winning poems and other poetry in a chap book (a limited-edition booklet).

Who May Enter
This contest is open to all veterans who have served in any branch of the armed forces of the United States of America.

How to Enter

  • Entrants need not provide proof of service in the US Armed Forces at the time of submission. Heroes’ Voices will contact winners to confirm eligibility.
  • There is no fee to enter.
  • Entries accepted only through April 20, 2018.

See how to enter online.
See how to enter by US Mail.
See contest rules.

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