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The Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

28 February 2017

The Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
Win $1,000 for a humor poem – no fee

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Deadline April 1, 2017

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Jendi Reiter

The 16th annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest welcomes your entry through April 1. There’s no fee to enter. Jendi Reiter will judge, assisted by Lauren Singer. We’ll award $2,250 in prizes, including a top prize of $1,000. Winners are published on the Winning Writers website.

This contest welcomes published and unpublished work. Your poem may have up to 250 lines. One poem only, please. Submit online via Submittable.

Click to submit your humor poem

Please enjoy our judges’ remarks from our previous contest:

Thanks to everyone who entered our 15th annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. 4,834 contestants made us laugh, cringe, scratch our heads, and look over our shoulders for an angry deity with a lightning bolt. We tried to give equal offense to all belief systems and genders, but not kick anyone when they were down. The best of the worst are now online for your enjoyment.First-round screener Lauren Singer took time out from her important work of providing mental health services in the Pioneer Valley and managing the 2016 campaign of Hillary Kitten & Floor Potato. She passed a shortlist of about 75 poems to final judge Jendi Reiter.

Lauren shares some impressions of this year’s entries:

“As is the case with every year that I have had the privilege of judging for Wergle Flomp, it is hard to read through 5,000 poems and not notice some ongoing themes. Take 2014, for example, where I managed to tally-up well over two hundred poems centered just around squirrels! What was that about? It seems that given the times, the trends, and the political climate of our current world, we would be hard-pressed to not overlap our ideas from time to time. After all, that platitude about innovation exists for a reason: ‘If you’ve thought it, it already exists on the Internet.’ Wergle Flomp is a testament to that.”While we had the typical poems ranging from zombie take-overs to dystopian apocalypse, lowbrow digs at ex-partners, sneering sarcastic quips at the expense of millennials, and my ever-favorite litanies against aging, the over-arching motif of Wergle Flomp 2016 was…wait for it…our upcoming American election! Given the constant media frenzy overflowing from every possible outlet, it’s no wonder we had so many entries related to Hillary’s pantsuits and Trump’s tiny hands; tongue-in-cheek references to lesser evils and Hitler-like comparisons. But what was most lacking from the majority of these poems was, more often than not, wit and originality.

“Yes, yes we know. It is the job of our public to make mockery of politicians, to caricature those that take themselves too seriously, but honestly? If I never have to read one more poem about Trump’s comb-over or Hillary’s email scandal, it won’t be too soon. The real problems here were not the reference to the topical—of course those come up, how could they not?—but the fact that attempts at parody, political discourse, and satire often turned into a cliché summary of everything we already know about our most revered (or despised) current candidates. Instead of observational narrative on every stereotype already documented, why not an elaboration or an inventive ‘what-if’ format? Our political poems this year were hyperbolic and fantastical, yes, much like our candidates themselves. But we missed out on opportunities for real novel creativity on most accounts.”Lastly, lackluster poetry usually has something in common: either it’s too long or it’s too short. If your poem starts really strong and then just seems to end mid-stanza without packing a one-two punch, it’s going to leave your reader feeling disappointed. No cigarette after that tryst, you know? On the other hand, if your poem has been rattling on for eight pages and you keep continue to feed us the punch-line with the assumption that your audience hasn’t already figured out your intention a thousand words ago, you’re going to bore your reader. There’s nothing worse than tuning out of a piece half-way through, especially when it started out with good potential. So make sure these babies are edited, polished, and perfected.”

Our 2016 WinnersParallels were the order of the day in this year’s list. S. Michael Wilson’s first-prize poem “Dick Candles”, a riff on a suggestive novelty gift, finds its distaff-side partner in runner-up Christina Myers’s “Tampon Bullet, Direct Hit”, a compendium of comically humiliating anecdotes, while Laura Docter’s rhyming saga “Once Upon a Vagina” brings male and female parts together for a romantic rebellion against purity culture. Debra McQueen’s “Bad Buddha”, about a meditation student who “is Buddhist like a Mafioso is Catholic”, shares the sacrilegious stage with Michael Forrester’s “Gomorrah’s Sins”, a tour de force of double-entendres about a vicar and his favorite organ player.

Vicki Wilke’s “Note to the Substitute Teacher” and Garry Somers’ “Profanity – (lalochezia)” put a brave face on the challenges of civilizing our little darlings. Sarah Crowe’s “The Ballad of the Social Media Machine”, Danny Caine’s “The Ideal Budweiser Customer Watches a Budweiser Commercial”, and Michelle Reiter’s Untitled (“The dog and I are watching the debate…”) are perfectly pitched imitations of the hysterical trivia that floods us from the media. I hope you will retweet this, fellow human!Bearing the sole prize for parody this year on his heroic shoulders, George Northrup’s “Ulysses of Astoria” shovels his driveway while channeling the spirit of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Finally, Ralph Gagliardo treats us to some old-fashioned groaners about Dracula and friends playing “Poker After Dark”. Don’t raise the stake! (Ba-dum-bum.)

“Dick Candles” surged ahead of our other favorites because it didn’t stop with the initial joke premise, but creatively expanded on it, at just the right length. The humor builds as the speaker’s language becomes more florid and sensuous, moving from embarrassment to excitement as he imagines different scenarios for making use of these phallus-shaped illumination devices. Plus, we think it would be a great sports-commentator name: “Reporting live from Super Bowl 50, it’s Dick Candles!”“Tampon Bullet, Direct Hit” was like a modern-day “I Love Lucy” clips reel, with one after another cringe-making and relatable social gaffes. From the feminine product projectile that hits her junior-high crush in the chest, to losing her shirt in the car-wash vacuum when a cute guy walks by, our heroine is still a winner as long as she can laugh at herself.

All the Wergle Flomp winning poems and judges’ comments going back to 2002 are available for reading in our website archives.

Submit your 2017 entry now at
WinningWriters.com/wergle

F(r)iction’s Winter 2017 Literary Contests

10 February 2017

Contest Submissions


TBL is pleased to announce the F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition. There are four submission categories: 1) creative nonfiction ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 3) flash fiction with a word limit of 750 words, and 4) poetry no longer than three pages. Winners of the contest will be published in a future issue of F(r)iction alongside stunning original artwork from TBL’s talented team of artists. F(r)iction is dedicated to publishing the best writing of all kinds, and we encourage submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style.

The Winter 2017 contests are now open for submissions! 

Creative Nonfiction Contest 

The winner of our creative nonfiction contest will be awarded $500.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Fees: $10.00 USD entry fee for each submission.

DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2017

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Short Story Contest

The winner of our short story contest will be awarded $1,000.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Fees: $15.00 USD entry fee for each submission.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017

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Flash Fiction Contest

The winner of our flash fiction contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre with a word limit of 750 words.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017

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Poetry Contest

The winner of our poetry contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.

Criteria: Any genre or form, three pages or less per poem.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017

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Winter 2017 Judges:
Simon Tolkien, renowned author and grandson of THE J.R.R., will be judging short story submissions. Bryn Greenwood, author of the gorgeous debut All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (which won second place in the Goodreads Choice Awards for fiction), will select the winning flash fiction. Linda Pastan, legendary American poet, is our poetry judge. And Sarah Hepola—New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Blackout—will be judging TBL’s first ever nonfiction contest!

Submission Guidelines: Please visit our formatting guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to TBL for publication is not eligible if the piece received free edits from our team.

We strongly recommend checking out an issue of F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic. You can do so at the TBL Store.

Notes: Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify TBL as soon as possible if your work is selected for publication elsewhere—work must be previously unpublished to be eligible for publication in F(r)iction. We encourage writers to submit as many stories as they wish. All stories will be considered for publication in F(r)iction Series, our triannual print journal.

Our judges also reserve the right not to award a winner in any category if submissions do not meet our standards of publication.

Tethered by Letters reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in the Untethered Podcast.

Other Categories: Please visit our submissions page for more ways to submit your work to TBL for possible publication and learn about our free-editing policy for work submitted to our journal.

#Blink! TBL’s Twitter Contest

TBL is excited to announce a new Twitter contest!
If you think you can tell a story in 140 characters or fewer, we want to hear from you!

Every two weeks an acclaimed judge will choose the winning story. The winner will receive a free digital copy of F(r)iction, and potential publication of the Tweet in a future issue of F(r)iction.

Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it! Tweet your tiny narratives using the hashtag #BlinkTBL, and be sure to check the @TethrdByLettrs and @FrictionSeries Twitter pages for start dates, deadlines, and judging info!

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

https://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest/

 

Call for submissions: PANK Books Listing

10 February 2017

PANK Books.

We’re looking for poetry, fiction, short fiction, multi-genre work, experimental, traditional, nonfiction and collaborative work. Manuscript guidelines are open.

Visit the website for submission details:

http://pankmagazine.com/submit-2/

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)

24 January 2017

Now in its 16th year, this contest seeks today’s best humor poems. No fee to enter. Submit published or unpublished work. $2,250 in prizes.

Please submit one humor poem until April 1, 2017. 

No fee to enter.

We will award a first prize of $1,000 and a second prize of $250.

Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each.

The top 12 entries will be published online.

Judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer.

Length limit: 250 lines.

No restrictions on age or country.

The results of our 16th annual contest will be announced on August 15, 2017.

How to enter, visit:

https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free

42 Miles Press Poetry Award

24 January 2017

42 Miles Press Poetry Award

David Dodd Lee

Deadline: March 1, 2017

Judge: David Dodd Lee, Series Editor

The 42 Miles Press Poetry Award was created in an effort to bring fresh and original voices to the poetry reading public. The prize is offered annually to any poet writing in English, including poets who have never published a full-length book as well as poets who have published several. New and Selected collections of poems are also welcome.

Manuscripts submitted for the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award should exhibit an awareness of the contemporary “voice” in American poetry, an awareness of our moment in time as poets. We are excited to receive poetry that is experimental as well as work of a more formalist bent, as long as it reflects a complexity and sophistication of thought and language.

Urgency, yes; melodrama, not so much.

The winning poet will receive $1,000, publication of his or her book, and 50 author copies. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at Indiana University South Bend as part of the release of the book. The final selection will be made by the Series Editor. Current or former students or employees of Indiana University South Bend, as well as friends of the Series Editor, are not eligible for the prize.

Winners will be announced via our website in the summer of 2017. We will also announce the winner in major magazines such as Poets & Writers. The winning book will be published in September 2018 and be available to purchase on SPD and Amazon. Previous 42 Miles Press publications include books by Allan Peterson, Betsy Andrews, Bill Rasmovicz, Carrie Oeding, Erica Bernheim, Kimberly Lambright, Nate Pritts, Tracey Knapp, and Christine Garren.

See the complete guidelines and submit by mail or email.

The Editor’s Choice Award

13 January 2017
Our deadline is January, 27 2017,
 with a grace period extension until February 5, 2017.

Thanks to a patron of the arts founding our Editor’s Choice Award, we are able to give $100 to a work of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or artwork.  The Editor’s Choice Award will be given to the work that best embodies and achieves the goal of States of the Union. All contributors will be considered. If you have already submitted, your work will be in the running. We hope you will submit to us your thoughts on the election of Donald J. Trump. Whatever your medium, perspective, or age, we welcome your contributions.  Thank you!

Website: www.statesoftheunionbook.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/StatesOf

Twitter: @StatesOf_

Instagram: StatesoftheUnion

Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/statesof/states-of-the-union-book?ref=c8ysre

Last call! WRITERS@WORK COMPETITION

3 January 2017

Deadline January 31, 2017.

$20 ENTRY FEE.

Submissions are accepted in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

First prize is awarded in each category:

$1,000 OR full scholarship to the Writers@Work Generative Conference

(June 7-11, 2017 at Alta Lodge, Alta, UT), and publication in Quarterly West.

Open to any writer who has not yet published a book-length volume of

original work in the genre in which they submit a manuscript.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

http://www.writersatwork.org/wp/?page_id=6

 

Last call! WOMEN’S NATIONAL BOOK ASSOCIATION – WRITING CONTEST

3 January 2017

Deadline January 15, 2017

$15 – $20 ENTRY FEE.
First place winners receive $250. There will be four awards in each category: 1, 2, 3, and Honorable Mention. All four winners will be published in a special Contest Edition of the WNBA’s National Newsletter, The Bookwoman. Fiction: 3,000-word maximum length, no theme required. Creative Nonfiction/ Memoir: 2,500 word maximum. Poetry: three to five pages of poetry (double-spaced).

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

https://wnba.submittable.com/submit

Last Call! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2016 – 2017

3 January 2017

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme; fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Deadline: January 31, 2017

Note: All postmarked and electronic entries are accepted now until January 31, 2017 – 11:59 PM, CST.

All contest winners will be announced on March 26, 2017

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

$10 per story, $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

37th Annual High School Writing Contest

3 December 2016

37th Annual High School Writing Contest

Deadline:

12/11/16

Prizes in Each Category

  • 1st-$100
  • 2nd-$50
  • 3rd-$25

All Finalists will receive a Certificate of Honorable Mention
All Winners will be considered for publication in Venture, Rider’s literary magazine

Categories

  • ESSAY: Write a personal essay, labeled ESSAY, on a topic of your choice of no more than five double-spaced, typed pages.
  • FICTION: Write a short story, labeled FICTION, of no more than five double-spaced, typed pages.
  • POETRY: Write a poem of no more than 50 lines.

Rules

  1. Type on the entry:
    Your Name and address
    Grade
    Teacher’s Name
    School Name and address
  2. Include a letter from a teacher stating that the work is original and by you.
  3. Entries must be typed.  Handwritten entries will not be read.  Stories and essays must be double-spaced.  Single-spaced prose will not be read.  Please give your story, essay and or poem a title.
  4. Only one entry per category will be considered.  Choose your best writing and send only one.
  5. Mail your entry postmarked no later than December 11, 2016 to:
    Dr. Roberta Clipper
    English Department
    Rider University
    2083 Lawrenceville Road
    Lawrenceville, NJ  08648

Entries cannot be returned.  Winners will be announced by May 2017.
Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish to receive a list of winners.

GOOD LUCK!

VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS: 

http://www.rider.edu/academics/colleges-schools/college-liberal-arts-education-sciences/liberal-arts-programs/english/annual-high-school-writing-contest

Hourglass Literary Magazine – International Writing Contest

2 December 2016

Hourglass Literary Magazine – International Writing Contest

Deadline:

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Entry Fees

ENTRY FEE – $15
ENTRY FEE for submitting up to three pieces – $25, except for POETRY category where up to three submissions are accepted for $15.

Prizes

1. The Winning Entry in each category (short story, essay and poem) will receive US$1000 as prize money, apart from a symbolic artifact (clepsydra), digital stamp and diploma. Authors of winning entries will receive printed copy of the Hourglass Literary Magazine No. 2.

2. The jury has the right to give a special prize (US$ 500 for entry in each category).

3. Special prize of the Literature and Latte – Scrivener Award – consisting of the one licensed software solutions “Scrivener” and US$250.

4. Special prize of The Literary Encyclopedia – an online reference work for English-language readers interested in broad literary and cultural matters – consisting of one 2-year subscriptions and one 1-year subscriptions to LE for shortlisted authors.

5. Editorial staff and board members will take under consideration shortlisted works (not awarded a prize) for publication in the second issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine. The selected works will be FINANCIALLY compensated.

Description

At the confluence of the West and the East, Hourglass Literary Magazine proudly announces its second international writing competition for – Best Short Story, Best Poem, Best Essay.

– Jury/Judges: Sibelan Forrester, Jelena Lengold and John K. Cox.
– The competition is international and is open to all authors writing in English or any of the BCMS languages (comprising Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin.)
– There are no theme, or genre limitations and boundaries.
– Short stories, essays and poems by writers who write in English will be translated in one of the BCMS languages and vice versa.
– Participants retain the copyright of their works.
– Work must be original and unpublished.
– One author can compete in all categories, for all three awards respectively.
– Limited multiple submissions are allowed (as well as simultaneous submissions).
– Contest is anonymous and will be blind judged.
– Learn more about past contest: http://hourglassonline.org/pastcontest/ .
– Magazine’s “Manifesto”: http://hourglassonline.org/about/ .

Detailed instructions for submissions:

SHORT STORY…
…should not exceed 7000 words or be less than 700 words. Entry fee: $15 USD ($25 for submitting up to three pieces).

POETRY
Poems should not have more than 3500 words. WRITERS CAN SUBMIT UP TO THREE POEMS/SONGS. Entry fee: $15 USD.

ESSAYS
Essays should not exceed 9000 words or be less than 1000 words. Entry fee: $15 ($25 for submitting up to three papers).

We only accept submissions online via Submittable – http://hourglass.submittable.com .

Contact Information

E-mail – contest@hourglassonline.org or editors@hourglassonline.org .
Facebook – www.facebook.com/hourglassliterarymagazine
Twitter – www.twitter.com/hourglasslm
LinkedIn – http://linkedin.com/company/hourglass-literary-magazine/
Connect with us: http://hourglassonline.org/about/

Website:

http://www.hourglassonline.org/

Tanka Poetry Contest

2 December 2016

Tanka Poetry Contest

Deadline:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Entry Fees

$9.95 to enter this contest and all contests at FanStory

Prizes

$100 cash prize

Description

For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry that often follows a specific syllable count.

line 1 – 5 syllables
line 2 – 7 syllables
line 3 – 5 syllables
line 4 – 7 syllables
line 5 – 7 syllables

It contains five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables. (5, 7, 5, 7, 7).

Contact Information

FanStory

Website:

http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=103638

LONE STARS 2016 Annual “SongBook” Lyric-Poetry Contest

15 November 2016

LONE STARS Magazine

            Listed in Poet’s Market and Dustbooks

2016 Annual “SongBook” Lyric-Poetry Contest

                                              See, also, in Conceit Magazine

Deadline for Entries  —  December 31, 2016

Entry Fee $2.oo per song-poem – as per Guidelines

     Cash, Check, or Money Order

     PayPal account:  lonestarsmagazine@yahoo.com

First Place   –   50% of Entry Fees collected

Second Place   –   30% of Entry Fees collected

    Winners published in LONE STARS Magazine

    Winners receive FREE 1 year LONE STARS Subscription

 

Submit entries on paper via USMail:

or

In the body of an email

   (No documents, files, or attachments)

Guidelines:

Lyric-Poems in any subject.

Typed the way you want to see them in print.

3 – 4 line Verses

1 – 4 line Chorus

Authors maintain all copyrights

LONE STARS asks one-time publication rights

 

Milo Rosebud, Ed. & Pub. 
LONE STARS

4219 Flinthill Street

San Antonio, TEXAS

U.S.A.   78230-1619

 

LONE STARS 25+ years Publishing Poetry

“THE LIGHT OF THE STARS” 2016 ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST

15 November 2016

“The Light of the Stars” 2016 Annual Poetry Contest
(co-sponsored by LONE STARS MAGAZINE and CONCEIT MAGAZINE) 

Annual DEADLINE Extended: November 30, 2016
Postmarked

Judging Editors: Milo Rosebud and Perry Terrell
of LONE STARS and Conceit Magazines

READING FEE: $2.00 per poem
5 poems per submission
UNLIMITED ENTRIES
Unpublished, simultaneous and previously published entries accepted.
Entries are to be 32 lines or less, single spaced, camera ready – “the way you want to see it in print.”
Contest Name & Author’s Name and Address on each page
Include SASE or postcard for acknowledgment.
One-time magazine publication rights to each publisher. Author’s own copyrights guaranteed.

Winners:
40% of fees collected – First Prize
20% of fees collected – Second Prize
20% of fees collected – Third Prize
PLUS: 1 YEAR Subscription to LONE STARS MAGAZINE
6 MONTH Subscription to CONCEIT MAGAZINE

US Mail to: LONE STARS Magazine

or
email to: Conceitmagazine2007@yahoo.com

Use PayPal: lonestarsmagazine@yahoo.com

or US Mail entries and reading fees to:
LONE STARS Magazine
Milo Rosebud, Editor & Publisher
“THE LIGHT OF THE STARS” Poetry Contest

4219 Flinthill Drive
San Antonio, TX 78230-1619
or
Perry Terrell, Editor

“THE LIGHT OF THE STARS” Poetry Contest

Conceit Magazine
P.O. Box 884223
San Francisco, CA 94188-4223

MAKE Checks PAYABLE TO: Milo Rosebud

The Art of Poetry is The Art of the Story”.  by Terry Lee

LONE STARS 25+ years Publishing Poetry

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is now accepting entries!

30 October 2016

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme; fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: January 31, 2017

All contest winners will be announced on March 26, 2017

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

$10 per story, $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

Tethered by Letters’ 2016 Fall Writing Contest

23 September 2016

The deadline for Tethered by Letters’ 2016 Fall Writing Contest is November 1st, 2016. This time around, Tethered by Letters is offering $1600 in prizes for our Fall Contest winners.

Contest Submissions

TBL is pleased to announce the F(r)iction Fall Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of 750 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. Winners of the contest will be published in a future issue of F(r)ictionalongside stunning original artwork from TBL’s talented team of artists. F(r)iction is dedicated to publishing the best writing of all kinds, and we encourage submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style.

Judging: The finalists for each category will be read by a guest judge, who will select a winner to be published in the Spring 2017 issue of F(r)iction. Matt Gallagher, author of Youngblood, will be reading the short story submissions. Renowned performance poet Ken Arkind will be judging the poetry submissions. And Sari Wilson, author of Girl Through Glass, will choose the winning flash fiction submission.

Submission Guidelines: Please visit our formatting guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to TBL for publication is not eligible if the piece received free edits from our team.

Short Story Contest

The winner of our short story contest will be awarded $1,000.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Fees: $15.00 USD entry fee for each submission.

Flash Fiction Contest

The winner of our flash fiction contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre with a word limit of 750 words.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

Poetry Contest

The winner of our poetry contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.

Criteria: Any genre or form, three pages or less per poem.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

We strongly recommend checking out an issue of F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic. You can do so at the TBL Store.

#Blink! TBL’s Twitter Contest

TBL is excited to announce a new Twitter contest!
If you think you can tell a story in 140 characters or fewer, we want to hear from you!

Every two weeks an acclaimed judge will choose the winning story. The winner will receive a free digital copy of F(r)iction, and potential publication of the Tweet in a future issue of F(r)iction.

Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it! Tweet your tiny narratives using the hashtag #BlinkTBL, and be sure to check the @TethrdByLettrs and @FrictionSeriesTwitter pages for start dates, deadlines, and judging info!

Notes: Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify TBL if your work is selected for publication elsewhere as soon as possible. We encourage writers to submit as many stories as they wish. All stories will be considered for publication inF(r)iction Series, our triannual print journal.

Our judges also reserve the right not to award a winner in any category if submissions do not meet our standards of publication.

Tethered by Letters reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in the Untethered Podcast.

Other Categories: Please visit our submissions page for more ways to submit your work to TBL for possible publication and learn about our free-editing policy for work submitted to our journal.

Visit the website: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest/

 

POETRY SUPER HIGHWAY Call for Submissions: A Poet’s Siddur

13 September 2016

This is an open call for poetry submissions for “A Poets’ Siddur” poetry anthology to be published by Ain’t Got No Press in 2017, and edited by Rick Lupert.

The Siddur is the Jewish prayer book used for daily worship services as well as on Shabbat (the Sabbath) by Jewish communities all over the world. The idea is to fill this unique book with reinterpretations of the themes and original text of the siddur, written through the lenses of poets, and using a Friday night Shabbat evening service as the template.

Submission Guidelines:

1) Send no more than three pieces of any style or length which specifically relate to one of the themes / prayers or liturgy of a Friday evening Shabbat service. We’re open to all styles and forms of poetry, but particularly would enjoy those that:

  • use accessible language and imagery
  • use humor (not a requirement, but don’t shy away from it either.)
  • would appeal to both poets and those who don’t normally identify as likers of poetry
  • provide a modern context / setting for the theme in the prayer/liturgy
  • are shorter (yes, we’ll read any length, but generally we’re of a “less is more” sensibility)

Here’s an outline of the Shabbat evening service: http://www.reformjudaism.org/shabbat-worship-services (click on the prayer title for the text/translation)

Here’s a list of some of the general themes in the prayers/liturgy: http://www.bnaitorah.com/worship/shabbat/sse

2) Please indicate which prayer or liturgy from a Friday night service you have in mind with each piece you send.

3) We will consider work by anyone, regardless of religion (or lack thereof) but the work submitted must connect with a specified piece or theme from the Jewish Friday night service.

4) Previously published material is ok, but we’re eagerly looking for pieces which specifically relate to the themes, prayers and liturgy of a Friday evening Shabbat service. (If previously published, please indicate where and when so we can properly credit if selected.)

5) Please include a maximum 75 word bio. (For your reference, 76 words is more than 75 words. Please stick to our guideline here.)

6) Work may only be submitted by e-mail to siddur@poetrysuperhighway.com (Word .doc/.docx, Apple Pages Document, or text pasted into an e-mail)

7) The deadline to submit your work is December 31, 2016.

8) If your work is accepted for publication in A Poet’s Siddur, you will receive one physical copy of the published book, signficant discont on purchasing additional copies, and we may call on you to participate in live (virtual or in person) events revolving around the publication of the anthology.

9) Submission does not guarantee publication.

10) You will be notified by March 31st, 2017 whether or not your work was accepted for publication.

Need more info or clarification? Send an e-mail to agnp@poetrysuperhighway.com (please don’t send submissions to this address. Submissions go to siddur@poetrysuperhighway.com )


Ain’t Got No Press is a publisher of uniquely themed poetry anthologies such as A Poet’s Haggadah (Passover themed poetry), Ekphrastia Gone Wild (Poet’s respond to art) and The Night Goes on All Night (Noir poetry).

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest – $4,000 in Prizes – Last Call!

11 September 2016

14th year. Deadline: September 30, 2016.

Top prize for a poem in any style: $1,500. Top prize for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style: $1,500.

Total prizes: $4,000.Winning Writers

Both published and unpublished work accepted. Winning entries published online. Fee: $10 per poem. Length limit: 250 lines. Final judge: S. Mei Sheng Frazier. Winning Writers is one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest).

See past winners, advice from the judge, and submit online at:
https://winningwriters.com/tompoetry

Join our 74,000 followers on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/winningwriters

Hermeneutic Chaos Journal: ​The Jane Lumley Prize for Poetry

11 September 2016

 

We will read submissions for the third annual Jane Lumley Prize between September 1 and November 1, 2016.

 

Jane Lumley was primarily a translator, and was the first writer to translate Euripedes into English. However, she was also a prolific author and wrote over 120 poems in her lifetime. These never found publication due to the societal inhibitions placed on women in the sixteenth century English society.

The Jane Lumley Prize is awarded annually to a poet whose written work revels in the full spirit of creating a literary architecture that inspires the readers to engage with its being beyond the words and feelings that constitute it.

The winner, judged in a blind review by a guest judge, will receive a prize of $300 and will be featured in the January 2017 edition of Hermeneutic Chaos. The winner will also receive a certificate, 10 broadsides of the winning poem, and three chapbooks from our press catalog. Publication will also be awarded to the two finalists, along with certificates. We will also select up to seven honorable mentions who will be offered publication. In addition, all the entries will be considered for publication in the forthcoming issues of the journal.

We are pleased to announce that this year, our contest will be co-sponsored by Duotrope, the award winning writers’ resource, which has generously contributed a one year subscription gift certificate to be awarded to the winner.

All the participants will be notified about the status of their submission by November 30, 2016.

Please note that there is no entry fee for submissions. You may, however, choose to make a donation of $3 with your submission to support our endeavor.

 CLICK  HERE  TO  SUBMIT  TO  THE  JANE  LUMLEY  PRIZE  2016

Eligibility:

The Jane Lumley Prize will be awarded to poets who have not published more than one full length collection, and/or have only published chapbooks, and/or have published work in literary magazines and/or anthologies. We also strongly encourage unpublished writers to submit their work for consideration.

Guidelines for Submission:

You may submit a maximum of eight poems (totaling not more than ten pages) per submission in a single word document for consideration.

Submissions should be original and previously unpublished. All the entries must be sent to us via our online submission manager Submittable

We welcome submissions of all forms and styles of poetry, including hybrid, prose poetry and poetic-prose. Translations are not eligible for this prize.

Screening for the The Jane Lumley Prize is blind. Therefore, we request you to not include your name or any other contact information in your submission packet, as well as the filename. You may, however, include a brief biographical note in the cover letter.

We encourage simultaneous submissions, but we request you to inform us promptly in case your work is accepted elsewhere. If you need to withdraw a part of your submission, please leave a note in Submittable. Please only use the “Withdraw” feature if you need to withdraw the submission in its entirety.

Please do not submit more than twice in order to allow a fair opportunity to all the participants. You may, however, submit to us again if you withdraw your work from consideration.

If you have any questions, please send an email to us at editor.hermeneuticchaos (at) gmail.com.

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of 2016 Jane Lumley Prize for Poetry will be selected by E. Kristin Anderson. We respect her for her dedication to the poetic craft, and her admiration towards, and expertise of a wide variety of poetic forms and themes.

E. Kristin Anderson is the author of seven chapbooks including A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE (Red Bird Chapbooks 2014) PRAY, PRAY, PRAY: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press, 2015), 17 DAYS (ELJ Publications) ACOUSTIC BATTERY LIFE (ELJ 2016), FIRE IN THE SKY (Grey Book Press 2016), and SHE WITNESSES (dancing girl press, 2016). Her nonfiction anthology, DEAR TEEN ME, based on the popular website of the same name, was published in October of 2012 by Zest Books (distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and her next anthology, HYSTERIA: Writing the Female Body, is forthcoming from Sable Press. She’s published poetry in many magazines worldwide, including Barrelhouse Online, Nashville Review, [PANK], Asimov’s Science Fiction, American Journal of Nursing, and Cicada.

The Process of Selection

In the first round, the editor-in-chief will read all the submissions without viewing any personal information. From these submissions, a total of 15 finalists will be selected. Their manuscripts will then be sent to the judge, who will review them anonymously, and then select the winner, finalists and honorable mentions.

Our Policy

The Jane Lumley Prize respects and upholds the code of ethics outlined by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, defined as such:

“CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.”

To submit, please visit our  online submission manager here.  Thank you so much for your participation and support. We look forward to reading your work!

 

THE POETRY KIT SUMMER COMPETITION 2016

9 August 2016

This year’s competition is for poetry on any subject or theme.  There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one. 

1st prize is £100.

The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN

ENTER ONLINE

Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org

all entries must be received before midnight 10th October 2016

Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.

Entry fees are as follows; 

1 poem    £3.50  

3 Poems  £8.00

5 poems  £10

Competition Judge;  TBA

Competition Rules

Poems, which must be in English, can be on any subject and presented in any form or style . 

There are no restrictions on content. Though if there is any doubt the poet might be asked to justify how their poem engages the theme.

All poem must be the unpublished work of the person entering them into the competition.

The actual given name of the entrant must be given, even if the poem is to be published under a pen name.

Poems should not have any indication within them to allow for the identification of the poet.

There is no length or content restrictions and a short poem is just as likely to win as a longer one.

Poems must be entered by email to comps@poetrykit.org  the appropriate fee is paid through PAY PAL in Pound Sterling (GB Pounds).

Please attach all entered poems in one attachment using a standard Word file

Poems will not be accepted by post.

We cannot accept alterations to the poem once it has been submitted.

Poems cannot be withdrawn from the judging process once they have been entered.

Although copyright will remain with the poet, we reserve the right to publish any shortlisted poem on our website.

The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

HOW TO ENTER: http://www.poetrykit.org/comp_pk.htm

ALL POEMS MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE MIDNIGHT 10th OCTOBER 2016

2016 Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

4 August 2016

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Welcome to the 14th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes.

Please submit during April 15-September 30, 2016. We will award the Tom Howard Prize of $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre, and the Margaret Reid Prize of $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any style). The top 12 entries will be published online. Length limit: 250 lines per poem. No restrictions on age or country. Click the Submittable button below for full details. The results will be announced on April 15, 2017. Fee: $10 per poem.

submit

THE POETRY KIT SUMMER COMPETITION 2016

26 July 2016

This year’s competition is for poetry on any subject or theme. There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one.

1st prize is £100.

The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN

ENTER ONLINE

Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org

all entries must be received before midnight 10th October 2016

Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.

Entry fees are as follows;

1 poem £3.50

3 Poems £8.00

5 poems £10

Competition Judge; TBA

Competition Rules

Poems, which must be in English, can be on any subject and presented in any form or style .

There are no restrictions on content. Though if there is any doubt the poet might be asked to justify how their poem

engages the theme.

All poem must be the unpublished work of the person entering them into the competition.

The actual given name of the entrant must be given, even if the poem is to be published under a pen name.

Poems should not have any indication within them to allow for the identification of the poet.

There is no length or content restrictions and a short poem is just as likely to win as a longer one.

Poems must be entered by email to comps@poetrykit.org the appropriate fee is paid through PAY PAL in Pound

Sterling (GB Pounds).

Please attach all entered poems in one attachment using a standard Word file

Poems will not be accepted by post.

We cannot accept alterations to the poem once it has been submitted.

Poems cannot be withdrawn from the judging process once they have been entered.

Although copyright will remain with the poet, we reserve the right to publish any shortlisted poem on our website.

The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

ALL POEMS MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE MIDNIGHT 10th OCTOBER 2016

HOW TO ENTER, VISIT: http://www.poetrykit.org/comp_pk.htm

Last call! New Millennium Writings Literary Awards

22 July 2016

New Millennium Writings’ 42nd Literary Competition

Poetry

Fiction

Flash Fiction

Nonfiction

~$4,000 in Awards~

Award Winner in each category receives $1,000 plus publication.

Every submitter receives a free copy of the anthology.

$20 per submission

July 31, 2016 deadline

Visit the website for details: www.newmillenniumwritings.org

Contact: Alexis Williams Carr, Editor, hello@newmillenniumwritings.org

Last call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2016

19 July 2016

Attention: The contest deadline has been extended! All entries must be submitted via postal mail or electronically by August 18, 2016 – 11:59PM – Central Standard Time (CST).

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme; fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Extended deadline: August 18, 2016, 11:59PM, CST.

All contest winners will be announced on October 9, 2016

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

$10 per story, $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

 

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!

 

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

2016 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest

13 July 2016

Announcing the 2016 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest

s p o n s o r e d   b y

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.

Entry Guidelines | Prizes | Meet Your Judges | Contest Calendar

Entry Guidelines

  • 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.

Click here to go to the entry form.

Deadlines Etcetera

  • 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

Prizes

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
http://Talkingwriting.com/
2 copies of the book “Every Evening Deserves a Title” by Carol Dorf and Terri Saul

Clint Hirschfield
1 copy of the 2015 Pendle War Poetry Competition Anthology

Corey Mesler
http://www.coreymesler.wordpress.com/
1 signed copy of the book “Opaque Melodies that Would bug Most People” by Corey Mesler

Cross-Cultural Communications
http://www.cross-culturalcommunications.com/
2 copies of the book “ABC Bestiary” with art by Alfred Van Loen and poetry edited by Stanley H. Barkan

D.L. Lang
http://www.poetryebook.com/
1 copy of the book “Poet Loiterer” by D.L. Lang
1 download card of the e-book “Happy Accidents” by D.L. Lang

David Flynn
http://www.davidflynnbooks.com/
2 copies of the book “Selected Poems” by David Flynn

Douglas Richardson
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
http://dreamsandnightmaresmagazine.blogspot.com/
1 set of of five different issues of the speculative poetry magazine Dreams & Nightmares

E. Amato
https://eamato.wordpress.com/consulting/
2 one-hour sessions of Writing/Editorial/Consulting Services

Ed Werstein
http://www.wfop.org/
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

Ellaraine Lockie
1 copy of the chapbook “Where the Meadowlark Sings” by Ellaraine Lockie

Frank Mundo
http://www.amazon.com/Frank-Mundo/e/B004KUAB1Y
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

Hanoch Guy-Kaner
http://hanochguy-kaner.com/
1 copy of the book “Terra Treblinka-Holocaust poems” by Hanoch Guy

Helen Townsend
1 copy of the book “Samadhipada: Word Yoga” by Helen Townsend

Ink Publications
http://www.inkpublications.com/
1 copy of the book “Juggling Fire, Blindfolded” by Eric Evans
1 set of three Ink Publications broadsides (of the publishers’ choosing)

Isobel Cunningham
http://isobelmtl.wordpress.com/
2 copies of the book “Northern Compass” by Isobel Cunningham

Joy Wilson Parrish
https://www.facebook.com/JWilsonParrish/
1 copy of the book “Sojourn” by Joy Wilson Parrish

Judith R. Robinson
http://Judithrrobinson.com/
1 blog post/column at thejewishchronicle.net (Good Poems) featuring your poem.

Kaye Voigt Abikhaled
2 copies of the book “Club des Poétes” by Kaye Voigt Abikhaled

L.B. Sedlacek
http://www.lbsedlacek.com/
1 copy of the chapbook “A Breath of Paint” by L.B. Sedlacek

Larry Bubar
1 copy of the book “Breathe vol. 1” by various writers

Leilani Squire
http://www.leilanisquire.com/
4 40-minute Creativity Coaching sessions

LONE STARS Poetry Magazine
1 copy of LONE STARS Poetry Magazine

Los Angeles Poet Society
http://www.lapoetsociety.org/
1 Set of 5 Poetry Zines From Poet Jessica Wilson’s Special Collection

Magdalena Ball
http://www.magdalenaball.com/
1 copy of the book “Repulsion Thrust” by Magdalena Ball

Marianne Szlyk
http://thesongis.blogspot.com/
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
http://www.poeticdiversity.org/
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
http://poetry309.wordpress.com/
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.

Muddy River Poetry Review & Muddy River Books
http://www.muddyriverbooks.com/
http://www.muddyriverpoetryreview.com/
1 copy of the book “Fire Tongue” by Zvi A. Sesling

Nancy Shiffrin
http://home.earthlink.net/~nshiffrin
1 copy of the book “What She Could Not Name” by Nancy Shiffrin

Neil Leadbeater
2 copies of the book “The Loveliest Vein of Our Lives” by Neil Leadbeater

Pedestrian Press
http://thepedestrianpress.weebly.com/
1 copy of the book “The Water Wars” by Cassandra Dallett

Rattle
http://www.rattle.com/
2 one-year (4-issue) subscriptions to Rattle magazine

RD Armstrong
http://www.lummoxpress.com/lc/
2 copies of Lummox Poetry Anthology #5

Recursive Multimedia
http://www.recursivemediaone.com/
1 12″ X 12″ print from the Crate Label Series by Jim D. Babwe.

Richard Rensberry
http://www.richardrensberry.com/
1 copy of the book “The Wolf Pack Moon” by Richard Rensberry

Rick Lupert
http://www.poetrysuperhighway.com/
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

Rolland Vasin
$250 added to the cash prize shared by the winning poets

Ron Kolm
http://unbearables.com/
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
http://sfpoetry.com/
2 one-year subscription to all SFPA publications

Spectrum Publishing
http://spectrumpublishing.blogspot.com/
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”

StephenMeadArt
http://www.amazon.com/Stephen-Mead/e/B002P5TVQC
2 Poetry-Art Montage Prints (Broadsides), 8 x 10 inches

Steve Braff
http://stevebraff.blogspot.com/
1 autographed copy of the book “A Hundred Million Years of Nectar Dances” by Richard Jarrette

The New Short Fiction Series
http://www.newshortfictionseries.com/
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
http://theontariopoetrysociety.ca/
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
http://www.tif.org/stickerclub/
1 one year SOLO 2016 subscription to TIF Sticker Club (12 stickers)

Theresa Stuart-One Unique Woman’s Words
http://www.OneUniqueWomansWords.webs.com/
5 copies of the book “One Unique Woman’s Words” Release 1

Trish Lindsey Jaggers
https://www.facebook.com/trish.jaggers
1 signed copy of the book “Holonym: a collection of poems” by Trish Lindsey Jaggers

TrishHopkinson.com
https://trishhopkinson.com/
1 copy of the book “Orogeny, Vol. 2” by Rock Canyon Poets

Unlikely Books
http://www.unlikelystories.org/
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

Vincent O’Connor
http://vinceoconnor.com/
1 copy of the book “Memories” by Lang Leav

Voices Israel
https://www.voicesisrael.com/
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.

Winning Writers
https://winningwriters.com/
2 copies of the book “Two Natures” by Jendi Reiter

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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
  • July 26, 2:00 pm (pacific): PSH Live Judges Event: Live broadcast where Judges will have the chance to read poems and discuss the contest and you can call in live and ask them questions. Click here for more info.
  • 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.