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Established in 1971, CSPS is the official state organization representing California to the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS). We were incorporated on August 14th, 1985 as a 501(c)(3) organization, so donations above the membership level are tax deductible. Donor and patron support ensure (1) the quality publications of the CSPS continue and (2) our mission to promote poetry and art in California and around the world continues to grow. Information regarding renewal and patron contributions is on the Membership page.

The CSPS began publication of the California Quarterly in the fall of 1972, when Phillip Padellford was the president. There was only one editor, Gordon Curzon of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, who served in the position throughout the 1970s. There were also representatives for Southern California – Kenneth Atchity of Occidental College – and for Northern California – Howard Lachtman of the University of the Pacific, Stockton. We have published the California Quarterly continually since 1972. Click CSPS History to read more. Submissions can be made to the journal on the CQ Submissions page or by sending an email to our Editorial Chair with your poems attached (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The editors select six outstanding poems from the California Quarterly issues published each year as nominees for the Pushcart Prize of the following year. We publish the selected poems on this website under the Pushcart Nominees sub-page of this Home page.

Finally, we also conduct an annual contest and twelve monthly contests each year; the information regarding them is on the Contests page of this website. The Monthly Contest Winners and the Annual Contest Winners sub-pages under the Contests page list the winners for the current year and the past year or two. The monthly contest winners and the titles of the winning poems are posted as they are awarded during the year.

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