Pat Parnell Poetry Contest

23 September 2007

The Department of Writing and Literature at Chester College of New England is pleased to host the Pat Parnell Poetry Contest. Named after the founder of Compass Rose, Professor Patricia Parnell, the contest is designed to bring work of the finest quality to the pages of our magazine.

Each year, the winner of the contest receives $400 and publication in Compass Rose. All other entries will be considered for publication. The contest fee is $3 per poem with a limit of 5 poems per entry.

Patricia Smith will judge the 2007 contest. Her most recent book of poetry, Teahouse of the Almighty, was a 2005 National Poetry Series winner, selected by Edward Sanders (Coffee House Press). A record-setting, four-time national poetry slam champion, Smith has been featured in the film Slamnation and on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam.

Interested poets should mail their work to:

Professor Jenn Monroe
Parnell Prize in Poetry
Chester College of New England
40 Chester Street
Chester, NH 03036

Contest entrants are asked not to include their names on poems; instead, please enclose a cover letter listing titles and contact information, as well as SASE for notification of the results. All entries must be postmarked by November 1 of each year. No email submissions or previously published work will be accepted.

Relatives, friends, and colleagues of the judge are not eligible.

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