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Amy Carpenter-Leugs • Anonymous • Bryan Damien Nichols • Cafe Poets • Carol Dorf and Terri Saul • Clint Hirschfeld • Corey Mesler • Cross-Cultural Communications • D.L. Lang • David Flynn • Douglas Richardson • Dreams & Nightmares Magazine • E. Amato • Ed Werstein • Ellaraine Lockie • Frank Mundo • Hanoch Guy-Kaner • Helen Townsend • Ink Publications • Isobel Cunningham • Joy Wilson Parrish • Judith R. Robinson • Kaye Voigt Abikhaled • L.B. Sedlacek • Larry Bubar • Leilani Squire • LONE STARS Poetry Magazine • Los Angeles Poet Society • Magdalena Ball • Marianne Szlyk • Marie C Lecrivain • Marsha C. Markman • Martina R. Gallegos • Mary Langer Thompson • Michael Paul Hogan • Muddy River Poetry Review & Muddy River Books • Nancy Shiffrin • Neil Leadbetter • Pedestrian Press • Rattle • RD Armstrong • Recursive Multimedia • Richard Rensberry • Rick Lupert • Rolland Vasin • Ron Kolm • Sandra Soli, poet/editor • Science Fiction Poetry Association • Spectrum Publishing • StephenMeadArt • Steve Braff • The New Short Fiction Series • The Ontario Poetry Society • The Sacred Beverage Press • Thee Instagon Foundation Sticker Club • Theresa Stuart-One Unique Woman’s Words • Trish Lindsey Jaggers • TrishHopkinson.com • Unlikely Books • Vincent O’Connor • Voices Israel • Winning WritersIt’s our nineteenth annual Poetry Contest featuring cash prizes and62 sponsors who’ve donated 124 additional prizes. Last year we were able to send every contest entrant a prize for participating and we’re hoping to do the same this year. (Click here for information on sponsoring this year’s contest.)
Read below for all the Entry Guidelines, The Complete Prize List, The Judges, and the 2016 Contest Calendar.
- The Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest Is open to all human beings on planet Earth. (except for the three judges)
- Enter as many poems as you like.
- Previously published poems are eligible.
- Poems may be of any style, length, or subject matter.
- This contest is separate from weekly Poet of the Week consideration though submissions for Poet of the week consideration must be separate from Contest Submissions and the same poems may not be submitted for both.
- There is a One Dollar Per Poem (US Funds Only) entry fee.
- Poems are sent to the three contest judges with your name removed. The judges score each poem from 0-5 using quarter point intervals. (0, .25, .5, .75, 1, 1.25, 1.5, etc…)
- Poems are sent to judges only after you fill out the Contest Entry Form and we have received your payment.
There are three easy steps to entering the contest:
|STEP 1||FILL OUT THE ENTRY FORM|
|STEP 2||E-MAIL YOUR POEMS
Guidelines on how and where to email poems will be
displayed once you submit the contest entry form.
|STEP 3||PAY THE ENTRY FEE
Guidelines on how and where to submit your $1 per poem entry
fee will be displayed once you submit the contest entry form.
- Deadline for postmarking entry fees (or paying them via PayPal or Venmo) isSaturday, October 1, 2016.
- Regardless of when you postmark, your entry fees must be received by Wednesday, October 5, so if you’re mailing your entry fee, please account for the amount of time it will take for your it to travel between your home and Los Angeles.
- This is a not for profit contest. All of the collected entry fees will be divided between the top three scoring poems (minus postage for mailing out additional prizes. See Prize List below)
- Once your entry fee is received, your poems will be sent with your name removed to the three judges who will score them 0 – 5 (5 being best).
- Your poems will not be forwarded to the judges until your entry fee is received.
- If you have any questions or need any of the contest details clarified, please e-mail Contest@PoetrySuperHighway.com
First Prize: 50% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH
Second Prize: 30% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH.
Third Prize: 20% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH.
In addition, thanks to sponsor Rolland Vasin, an additional $250 will be added to the entry fees collected and divided with the above percentages among the top three scoring poets.
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to supplement the cash prizes with an impressive array of prizes which would be of interest to poets and writers.
The following prizes will be used to bolster first through third prize as well as distributed to other contest entrants.
Our goal is to be able to send every single person who enters the contest something.
If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor to this years contest in exchange for promotional consideration, please click HERE for the details.
Additional Prizes:Amy Carpenter-Leugs
3 copies of Voices 2016, an annual journal featuring the poems of the Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition hosted in West Michigan.Anonymous
$20 added to the cash prize shared by the winning poetsBryan Damien Nichols
2 copies of the book “Whispers From Within” by Kjell Nykvist and Alexander Shacklebury (heteronyms of Bryan Damien Nichols)Cafe Poets
2 copies of the book “Singing Our Song” by four poets
Carol Dorf and Terri Saul
2 copies of the book “Every Evening Deserves a Title” by Carol Dorf and Terri Saul
1 copy of the 2015 Pendle War Poetry Competition Anthology
1 signed copy of the book “Opaque Melodies that Would bug Most People” by Corey Mesler
2 copies of the book “ABC Bestiary” with art by Alfred Van Loen and poetry edited by Stanley H. Barkan
1 copy of the book “Poet Loiterer” by D.L. Lang
1 download card of the e-book “Happy Accidents” by D.L. Lang
2 copies of the book “Selected Poems” by David Flynn
1 copy of the book “American Strays” by Douglas Richardson
1 copy of the book “The Book of Good Dreams” by Douglas Richardson
Dreams & Nightmares Magazine
1 set of of five different issues of the speculative poetry magazine Dreams & Nightmares
2 one-hour sessions of Writing/Editorial/Consulting Services
1 copy of the chapbook “Who Are We Then?” by Ed Werstein
1 copy of the Wisconsin Poets 2017 Calendar by Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets
1 copy of the chapbook “Where the Meadowlark Sings” by Ellaraine Lockie
1 copy of the book “The Brubury Tales (Illustrated Edition)” by Frank Mundo
1 copy of the book “Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories” by Frank Mundo
1 copy of the book “Different” by Frank Mundo
1 copy of the book “Terra Treblinka-Holocaust poems” by Hanoch Guy
1 copy of the book “Samadhipada: Word Yoga” by Helen Townsend
1 copy of the book “Juggling Fire, Blindfolded” by Eric Evans
1 set of three Ink Publications broadsides (of the publishers’ choosing)
2 copies of the book “Northern Compass” by Isobel Cunningham
Joy Wilson Parrish
1 copy of the book “Sojourn” by Joy Wilson Parrish
Kaye Voigt Abikhaled
2 copies of the book “Club des Poétes” by Kaye Voigt Abikhaled
1 copy of the chapbook “A Breath of Paint” by L.B. Sedlacek
1 copy of the book “Breathe vol. 1” by various writers
4 40-minute Creativity Coaching sessions
LONE STARS Poetry Magazine
1 copy of LONE STARS Poetry Magazine
Los Angeles Poet Society
1 Set of 5 Poetry Zines From Poet Jessica Wilson’s Special Collection
1 copy of the book “Repulsion Thrust” by Magdalena Ball
2 copies of the book “I Dream of Empathy” by Marianne Szlyk
3 copies of anthologies by Kind of a Hurricane Press
Marie C Lecrivain
2 copies of the book “The Virtual Tablet of Irma Tre” by Marie C Lecrivain
Marsha C. Markman
4 copies of the book “If We Dance . . . A Collection of Poems” edited by Joan Wines
2 copies of the book “Out of the Shadows” by Piri Piroska Badnar
Martina R. Gallegos
2 copies of the book “Grab the Bull by the Horns” by Martina Robles Gallegos
Mary Langer Thompson
1 copy of the book “Poems in Water” by Mary Langer Thompson
Michael Paul Hogan
1 signed copy of the book “Chinese Bolero” by Michael Paul Hogan, with illustrations by the contemporary Chinese painter Li Bin.
1 copy of the book “What She Could Not Name” by Nancy Shiffrin
2 copies of the book “The Loveliest Vein of Our Lives” by Neil Leadbeater
1 copy of the book “The Water Wars” by Cassandra Dallett
2 one-year (4-issue) subscriptions to Rattle magazine
2 copies of Lummox Poetry Anthology #5
1 12″ X 12″ print from the Crate Label Series by Jim D. Babwe.
1 copy of the book “The Wolf Pack Moon” by Richard Rensberry
1 copy of the spoken word CD “Rick Lupert Live and Dead”
1 copy of the book “Romancing the Blarney Stone” by Rick Lupert
1 copy of the book “Professor Clown on Parade” by Rick Lupert
$250 added to the cash prize shared by the winning poets
2 copies of the book “Night Shift” by Ron Kolm
Sandra Soli, poet/editor
1 copy of the book “The Magnetic Poetry Anthology” includes portable word pack and poetry game board
Science Fiction Poetry Association
2 one-year subscription to all SFPA publications
1 copy of the poetry anthology “Spectrum 1: 140 So Cal Poets”
1 copy of the poetry anthology “Spectrum 2: The Gift”
1 copy of the poetry anthology “Spectrum 3: Love Love Love”
1 copy of the poetry anthology “Spectrum 4: 2016’s Top Ten San Gabriel Valley Poets”
1 copy of the poetry anthology “Spectrum 5: Every Poem Is An Idea”
2 Poetry-Art Montage Prints (Broadsides), 8 x 10 inches
1 autographed copy of the book “A Hundred Million Years of Nectar Dances” by Richard Jarrette
The New Short Fiction Series
2 tickets to the October 9, 2016 and November 13, 2016 performances of The New Short Fiction Series’ 20th Anniversary season at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood. Tickets include parking validation for each performance.
The Ontario Poetry Society
2 copies of the book “Scarlet Thistles, A Canadian Poetry Anthology”
The Sacred Beverage Press
10 copies of the book “Percy, Bob and Assenpoop” by Elliott Baker
Thee Instagon Foundation Sticker Club
1 one year SOLO 2016 subscription to TIF Sticker Club (12 stickers)
Theresa Stuart-One Unique Woman’s Words
5 copies of the book “One Unique Woman’s Words” Release 1
Trish Lindsey Jaggers
1 signed copy of the book “Holonym: a collection of poems” by Trish Lindsey Jaggers
1 copy of the book “Orogeny, Vol. 2” by Rock Canyon Poets
2 copies of the book “Ashes and Seeds” by Michelle Greenblatt
2 copies of the book “Anchor What” by Vernon Frazer
2 copies of the book “Definitions of Obscurity” by Vernon Frazer and Michelle Greenblatt
1 copy of the book “Memories” by Lang Leav
1 copy of the book “A Second Decade of Poems from Voices Israel”
1 copy of the book “Voices Israel 2015 vol 41” Poetry from Israel and abroad.
2 copies of the book “Two Natures” by Jendi Reiter
Meet Your Judges
Brett Gaffney (Cincinnati, Ohio)
M. Brett Gaffney, originally from Houston, Texas, holds an MFA in Poetry from Southern Illinois University and edits art and poetry for Gingerbread House. Her poems have appeared in Exit 7, Penduline, Permafrost, Devilfish Review, Still: the Journal, Fruita Pulp, museum of americana, BlazeVOX, andZone 3, among others. Her chapbook, Feeding the Dead, is forthcoming in 2016 from Porkbelly Press. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her partner and their dog, Ava, and works across the river in northern Kentucky as a library associate, promoting poetry whenever she can.
Helen Townsend (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Helen Townsend grew up in Fort Scott, Kansas, has lived in different spots around the world, and now finds herself in Indianapolis. If she were independently wealthy, she would spend her days hopping planes, practicing yoga, writing poetry, going for runs, and saving all the animals in the world. Because she is not independently wealthy, and has a short attention span, Helen has done many things over the years—taught English to speakers of other languages, taught high school English, taught yoga, coordinated the Indiana State Refugee Health Program, to name a few. Currently, she is a TB Nurse Case Manager.
Trish Hopkinson (Provo, Utah)
Trish Hopkinson has always loved words—in fact, her mother tells everyone she was born with a pen in her hand. She has two chapbooks Emissions andPieced Into Treetops and has been published in several anthologies and journals, including Stirring, Chagrin River Review, and The Found Poetry Review. Hopkinson is co-founder of a local poetry group, Rock Canyon Poets. She is a product director by profession and resides in Utah with her handsome husband and their two outstanding children. You can follow her poetry adventures at http://trishhopkinson.com/.
2015 Contest Calendar
July 15: Contest begins
July 20-26: Judges featured as Poets of the Week
October 3: Final deadline for contest entries. (Entry fees must be received by PayPal or Venmo, or postmarked by October 3 or they’ll be returned.)
October 9: Judges deadline for returning scored poems.
October 16: Second round scoring deadline (in the event of tied scores.)
October 18: 2pm (pacific) PSH Live Event: “Winners Announced” in a special broadcast. Listen to it live and if any of the winners happen to be listening, they’ll be invited to call in and read their winning entries live on the air..
October 19-25: Contest Winners featured as Poets of the Week.