How to join UTSPS: Membership Form
Why Join UTSPS?
Association with others who share a love of poetry
Members meet in chapters around Utah, with activities that include reading and discussing each other's poems and learning about poetry and techniques. They hold readings, workshops, etc.
Additional benefits: annual Spring Festival, October Book Concert honoring the Poet of the Year, UTSPS members are automatically members of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS) which offers contact with poets all over the U.S.
Opportunities to find outlets for your poetry
UTSPS conducts an annual contest with numerous categories which members may enter to receive cash prizes and recognition. Contests are judged blind by qualified poets outside the Society.
UTSPS publishes PANORAMA, an annual anthology of members' poems.
Each year, UTSPS publishes the book of an outstanding Utah poet (the winning entry in the Book Category of the contest).
Every ten years (mid-decade), UTSPS publishes UTAH SINGS, a large anthology of poetry by Utahns.
NFSPS conducts an annual contest, also judged blind, with top winners being published in their annual anthology. Utah poets regularly take many of the prizes.
Workshops are offered in which the techniques of writing poems are explored by competent and distinguished writers.
Critiques by qualified poets are available to UTSPS members through the Critique Bureau.
Nationally known poets and university instructors are invited to lecture and instruct at local and national events.
As a member, you are entitled to:
Receive the POET TREE newsletter, the NFSPS STROPHES newsletter, the PANORAMA anthology, to which members may submit poems for consideration for publication, a copy of the Book of the Year, a directory of members, and direct notification of state contests, workshops, and other events.
Attend chapter meetings, workshops, conventions, and other events sponsored by UTSPS.
Enter all categories of the annual contests sponsored by UTSPS and NFSPS, at lower fees.
Attend the annual NFSPS convention.
Submit 12 poems per year to the Critique Bureau for free critiques by qualified poets. See the FAQ page for details on how to do this.