Second Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest

11 January 2011

Second Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest 
Deadline: January 31, 2011
First Prize: $175
Second Prize: $125
Third Prize: $75
Special Category—Spoken Poem Prize: $75
Complete guidelines:
Spirit First is pleased to announce its second annual meditation poetry contest. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of meditation, mindfulness, stillness, or silence. Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished.
Please do not enter more than three submissions. Sending more than three poems will lead to those poems being disqualified.
Please submit your poems by email unless you do not have access to the Internet. Poems will be accepted by U.S. Postal Service for those who do not have Internet access. All others are requested to be emailed. Poems sent by U.S. Postal Service will not be returned.

Poems must be received by January 31, 2011. 
Poems should be submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address. There is no cost to enter this contest. Submissions must be received no later than January 31, 2011. Please indicate if your poem should be considered for the Spoken Poem category.  
Winners will be announced no later than March 31, 2011, on the Spirit First website at

Winning poems will be published on the Spirit First website and the Spirit First blog, and in the Spirit First newsletter (authors retain full rights to their poems). Selected poems may be invited to participate in an upcoming book publication (authors will retain full rights to their poems). A copy of the poetry book from last year’s contest can be purchased on our website or on (be sure to search for Moments of the Soul: poems of meditation and mindfulness by writers of every faith.)  
How to submit: 
 By email: send to  

By U.S. Postal Service (for those without Internet access), send to the following address:
Spirit First Poetry Contest
PO Box 8076
Langley Park, MD 20787
We look forward to reading your poems!

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