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Poetry Contest for All Ages!

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

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13th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest 

Poets Wanted!  Enter Now! Special Young Poets Category!

The 13th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially begins in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month, with five new categories: “Love Is All Around Us,” “Dreams Do Come True,” “On The Street Where I Live,” “Gone But Not Forgotten,” and “A Second Chance.” Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest.  Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category.

Entry Forms and Contest Rules are available at the Front Desk at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges and can be downloaded from the following website: www.libraryatlincoln.org from the banner at the top of the website when the contest announcement appears.

Entry Forms must be received no later than Saturday, July 22, 2017. Early submissions are appreciated. If you have questions, please contact Alan Lowe, Contest Coordinator, at slolowe@icloud.com for assistance.

Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Voices of Lincoln event to be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Willow Room at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA. Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.

 

 

 

Short Story, Poetry, and Essay Contest! $1000 prizes for each category!

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Hourglass Literary Magazine presents a short story, poetry, and essay competition. Winning Entry in each category will receive US$1000 as prize money.

Deadline:  April 30, 2017   ($5000 total cash prizes!)

 

We only accept submissions online via Submittable.

  • Entry fee: $15 USD per submission (except for Best Poem category where up to three submissions are accepted for the same price).
  • Entry fee for authors who want to compete with more than one work in the category for the best essay, best short story is 25 USD for three works.

 

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BEST SHORT STORY

Text for a short story should not exceed 7000 words or be less than 700 words.

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BEST POEM

There are no strict limits, provided that poems should not have more than 3500 words. Author, writer competing in the category for the best poem can submit up to three works.

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BEST ESSAY

Essays should not exceed 9000 words or be less than 1000 words.

Full guidelines and information can be found via following sites: www.hourglassonline.org or hourglass.submittable.com .

Philip Levine Prize for Poetry 2016 $2,000

Friday, August 26th, 2016

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Guidelines: Philip Levine Prize for Poetry 2016

Contest Opens: July 1, 2016

Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2016

Final Judge: Peter Everwine


Award: $2,000 prize, and publication by Anhinga Press

The Philip Levine Prize for Poetry 2016 includes: a cash award of $2,000; publication of the manuscript by Anhinga Press; 25 author’s copies of the finished manuscript; and a public reading at California State University, Fresno.

Please read the complete guidelines before submitting your manuscript.

 Who May Submit

The Philip Levine Prize for Poetry is open to any poet writing in English. Translations are not eligible for this prize, nor are previously self-published books. Current and former faculty and students of California State University, Fresno are not eligible. Close friends and family members of the final judge are also not eligible.

Manuscript Requirements

Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript. You must include a table of contents. Please paginate your manuscript (number your pages). Manuscript should be 48-80 pages in length (not including title pages, acknowledgements, table of contents, etc.) and no more than one poem should appear on each page. No cover letters or biographical notes, please.

If you are submitting an online manuscript: Within the document, please include a single cover page with the title of the manuscript only, so that your manuscript document remains anonymous. Do NOT include your name or personal information in the file name or in the title of the manuscript. Within Submittable, for our administrative purposes, you can include your contact information (author name, address, telephone number, and email address).

If you are submitting a paper manuscript: Please include two cover pages. One cover page should include the title of the manuscript only, so that your manuscript remains anonymous. The second cover page, for our administrative purposes, should include the title of manuscript, author name, address, telephone number, and email address.

Individual poems in a contest manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. If applicable, include with your manuscript an acknowledgments page for prior publications.

Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted, as long as you notify Levine Prize staff promptly if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

 

Ethical Principles

The Philip Levine Prize for Poetry endorses and abides by the Ethical Guidelines of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP):

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes 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 contest contributes to a vibrant literary heritage.

 

Notification of Receipt

To confirm receipt of your paper manuscript, include a self-addressed stamped postcard. Online submissions will receive automated notification of receipt. Please keep these for your records.

Please do not enclose a SASE for return of a manuscript. All paper manuscripts will be recycled at the conclusion of the competition.

 

Notification of Results

To receive mailed notification of the winner and finalists, you may send a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Results will be announced in early January 2017. We notify all entrants in three ways: via postal mail to those who included a SASE with their paper manuscript; via email to those who included an email address with their paper or online manuscript; and online via our MFA program’s website, social media, and elsewhere.

 

Deadline

All entries must be certified by Submittable (online) or postmarked (hard copy) by September 30, 2016.

 

Entry Fee

There are two ways to pay your entry fee:

Via Submittable online: An entry fee of $28 (U.S.) must accompany each online submission. Multiple submissions are accepted, so long as each submission a separate entry fee accompanies each submission.

Via postal mail: An entry fee of $25 (U.S.) must accompany each hard-copy submission. Multiple submissions are accepted, so long as each submission a separate entry fee accompanies each submission. Checks or money orders can be mailed to the address below, and they should be made payable to “Fresno State – Levine Prize.”

 

Submit Your Manuscript

There are two ways to submit your manuscript:

Via Submittable online: Submissions are accepted July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016 only. Be sure that your document is complete and formatted correctly before uploading. Reminder: do NOT include contact information in the body of your manuscript, in the file name, or in the title of the manuscript. Include a title page with manuscript title only and enter your contact information separately into Submittable so that the manuscript remains anonymous.

Via postal mail: The Levine Prize encourages online submissions to save paper, but we still welcome mailed manuscripts. Be sure to include your check or money order.

You can mail your submission to:

Philip Levine Prize for Poetry

Fresno State, Department of English

5245 N. Backer Ave. M/S PB98

Fresno, CA 93740

 

Contact Information

Corrinne Clegg Hales, contest coordinator: connieh@csufresno.edu

Levine Prize staff: levineprize@gmail.com or 559.278.1569

Calling All Poets! Contest for YOU! All ages!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

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Pencil writing Once Upon a time12th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest 

Poets Wanted!  Enter Now! Special Young Poets Category!

The 12th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially begins in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month, with five new categories: “Things My Parents Taught Me,” “The Best Gift I Ever Received,” “It Happened One Night,” “If I Were Rich And Famous,” and “You Can Count On Me.” Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest.  Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible.  Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category. 

Entry Forms and Contest Rules are available at the Front Desk at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges and can be downloaded from the following website: www.libraryatlincoln.org under “NEWS.”

Entry Forms must be received no later than Saturday, July 23, 2016.  Early submissions are appreciated. If you have questions, please contact Alan Lowe, Contest Coordinator, at slolowe@icloud.com for assistance.

Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at the Voices of Lincoln event to be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Willow Room at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA.  Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.

 

 

 

Middle Grade Students – Win $$ for your Writing AND Poetry Tips & Techniques

Monday, February 8th, 2016

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Poetry Tips by Poets David Alpaugh and Aline Soules

Getting Started

Start by brainstorming—just as you would for any other project.  What’s on your mind?  What’s in your heart?  What moves you?  What do you care about?  Do your best to come up with your own idea.  This isn’t supposed to be a class assignment, but a chance to share a piece of yourself and practice your love of writing.

Start writing, even if you haven’t come up with your final idea yet.  This is called “free writing.”  It’s been said that if you write for seven to ten minutes, your brain will come up with an idea.

Once you’ve created your “raw material,” it’s time to begin writing your poem.  Now, we’ve moved from inspiration to perspiration, from free writing to craft.

Crafting Your Poem

 Poems are crafted—every word is chosen and placed in its position in the poem for a purpose.  You should never submit a rough or first draft because judges look for your ability to craft your poem and that can take many drafts.

 General craft ideas

  • Show, don’t tell
  • Be concrete and specific
  • Create original images—no clichés
  • Choose the right title (which may come any time in your process)

 Grammar, Usage, Word Play

  • Choose active verbs, e.g., “sit”, not “is seated” or “is sitting”; see if you can think up “punchier” verbs that make your point stronger.
  • Verbs and nouns are strong, while adjectives and adverbs are weak. Concentrate on verbs and nouns and use adjectives and adverbs sparingly.
  • Play around with your poem to make sure every word and its place in the poem are exactly right.  You can play “switcheroo”—move around words, phrases, clauses, whole stanzas to see what works best.

•    Must poems rhyme? No. Many of today’s best poets don’t use rhyme. If you want to write in rhyme, remember that it’s difficult to write well in rhyme. Make sure that your rhyming words make sense and move the poem forward. Rhyme for its own sake doesn’t work. (In most cases, rhyme is more effective for humorous rather than serious subjects.).

  • Highlight the best phrase or couple of phrases in your poem and see if you can bring the rest of your poem up to the same level.
  • Use repetition with care.  Make sure there’s a reason for using repetition.
  • When you think you’re done, see if you can cut out some words from your poem.  It’s easy to let too many “little” words slip in, like “the” and “a” and prepositions and conjunctions, when you don’t need them.  Poems should be “dense,” saying much in as few words as possible.
  • The best way to learn to write poetry well is to read poems by successful poets and pay attention to the way they use language. Poetry employs the same words as prose but is usually richer in imagery and figures of speech, particularly metaphor and simile.
  • After you’ve read a poem you love go back and re-read the first and last lines and ask yourself how the poet gets in and out of the poem? It’s usually most effective to rocket your reader into the heart of the poem instantly, without any introduction or wind-up. Last lines are most effective when they leave readers with something dramatic or memorable to think about.

 Layout

  • Experiment with line breaks.  Do you want short lines or long lines?  Choose the end of your lines with purpose every time.
  • Experiment with your stanzas, too.  Long, short?  What’s best to convey the meaning and feeling of your poem?
  • Another thing to avoid is centering your poem.  If there’s no reason inside the content of the poem to center it, don’t.  It may look “pretty” to you, but if it’s not appropriate to the poem, it shouldn’t be centered, but lined up along the left-hand side of the page.

 Sound

  • Listen to the sounds in your poem.  Are they hard? soft? What do you need in your poem?  Change words or move them around to get the sounds you want.
  • Listen to the rhythm of your poem.  Is it too sing-songy?  If so, make more changes.
  • Read your poem out loud or ask a friend to read it to you.  Does it sound the way it should?
  • Read your poem with a pause at the end of every line.  That will help you to see if your line breaks are in the right place.

Time

You can’t write a poem in a hurry.  Don’t try to write a new poem when the deadline’s due.  Give yourself a few weeks.  After you’ve written several drafts, set your poem aside and come back to it again in a couple of weeks.  Read it aloud and try some of the tips again.  You’ll be surprised at how much you can improve.

Submitting

Only submit a poem when you’re confident it’s the best you can do and it’s ready to go.  Judges can tell when a poem’s not ready, but they love to read the poems that are your very best effort.

For more information visit https://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/young-writers-contest/

 

Writers! Win $1000 for your short story, essay and poem!

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

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Hourglass Literary Magazine invites all authors and  writers who write in English, to submit their unpublished work to their writer contest.

Categories:  Short story, essay, and poetry.

Award: $1000 for each category.

No theme or genre limitations.  

For more information visit  www.hourglassonline.org or write: contest@hourglassonline.org

Deadline:  January 1, 2016

The literary contest is for authors who write in English and Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian and Montenegrin languages.

Attention ALL Poets! You’ve got 53 Days to be a WINNER!

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

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2015 Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest

It’s YOUR turn to win a contest and build your writing resume!

The countdown  is here!  53 days until the end of the contest!   Enter YOUR poem by July 25, 2015.

1. Poets wanted! 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be selected in each contest category.
2. The five (5) contest categories include the following: Only In America, Happy Endings, Strange But True, Unforgettable,
and If Pets Could Talk.
3. Poets may submit a maximum of three (3) poems. Select three (3) of the contest categories and submit one poem from
each.
4. Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.
5. Poems should be typewritten and not centered (read left to right). Please use the Arial font 12-point. The title should be listed
at the top of the poem and the category should be included at the top right corner of the poem. The name of the poet should
not be included on the poem.
6. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets”
category. Young poets should follow the same rules as noted above. However, they should include their age, grade and
school on the Entry Form.
7. All poems must be submitted on hard copy to the address listed on the Entry Form below and must be received no later than
Saturday, July 25, 2015.
8. Early submissions are appreciated. A separate Entry Form should be attached to the hard copy of each poem submitted.
Duplication of the form is permitted. Questions—contact Alan Lowe at slolowe@icloud.com
9. The top three winners in each category will be contacted by phone. Winners will be asked to submit their poems
electronically, by email attachment. Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 11, 2015, at the Voices of Lincoln
event to be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges (Willow Room), 485 Twelve Bridges Drive,
Lincoln, CA. Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.
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Strange but True . . . Calling All Poets!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

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, what would he say?

Ever had a Strange But True experience?

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Who or what has been Unforgettable in your life?

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Have a Happy Ending to a story?

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Get out your pen or fire up your computer for the 11th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest. 

11th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest 

Poets Wanted!  Enter Now! Special Young Poets Category!

The 11th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially began in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month, with five new categories: “Only In America,” “Happy Endings,” “Strange But True,” “Unforgettable,” and “If Pets Could Talk.” Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest.  Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible.  Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category.

If you would like a PDF copy of the Entry Form (including contest rules) to print copies needed for submission or have questions about the contest, please contact Alan Lowe, Contest Coordinator, at slolowe@icloud.com

Entry Forms must be received no later than Saturday, July 25, 2015.  Early submissions are appreciated.

Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 11, 2015, at the Voices of Lincoln event to be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Willow Room at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA.  Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.

 

11th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest 

Poets Wanted!  Enter Now! Special Young Poets Category!

 

The 11th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially began in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month, with five new categories: “Only In America,” “Happy Endings,” “Strange But True,” “Unforgettable,” and “If Pets Could Talk.” Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest.  Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible.  Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category.

If you would like a PDF copy of the Entry Form (including contest rules) to print copies needed for submission or have questions about the contest, please contact Alan Lowe, Contest Coordinator, at slolowe@icloud.com

Entry Forms must be received no later than Saturday, July 25, 2015.  Early submissions are appreciated.

Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 11, 2015, at the Voices of Lincoln event to be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Willow Room at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA.  Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.

 

Pets and Poetry

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Calling all kids in third through eighth grades! 

The American Pet Products Association’s non-profit campaign, Pets Add Life (PAL) will accept submissions for the 7th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest beginning September 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015Students in grades 3rd through 8th grades are encouraged to write poems about the joys and benefits of owning pets of all types for a chance at top prizes. 

One student from each grade level nationwide will win a $250 gift certificate for pet products, and a byline in a nationally circulated publication or online outlet.  Additionally, the six winning students’ classrooms will each win a $1000 scholarship to spend on pet-related education or to support a classroom pet.

Participants can submit poems via PAL’s Facebook page at facebook.com/petsaddlife, online at www.PetsAddLife.org or mail final poems and submission forms to:

Pets Add Life

661 Sierra Rose Dr.

Reno, NV  89511

Deadline:  January 31, 2015 at 5 p.m. E.S.T.

Teachers within the contest grade levels may submit poems in one entry on behalf of their classroom. 

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Attention Poets! Enter Contest Now!

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Voices of Lincoln:  10th Annual Poetry Contest

*1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners selected in each contest category.

*Five (5) categories include: Once Upon A Time,  Ten Years From Now,  It’s A Miracle,
A Journey Worth Taking, and  People Are Funny.
*Poets may submit a maximum of three (3) poems. Select three (3) of the contest
categories and submit one poem from each.
*Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku or other accepted poetry forms and of any
length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.
*Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will
compete in a special “Young Poets” category.
* Entry Forms and Contest Rules are available at the Front Desk at the Lincoln Public
Library at Twelve Bridges and can be downloaded from the following website:
www.libraryatlincoln.org

Contest Deadline: Poems must be received no later than Saturday, July 26,
2014. Early submissions are appreciated.Winners receive a commemorative chapbook of winning poems.

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Who knows!  You may be a winner!
Presented by the Poets Club of Lincoln

Sponsored by the Lincoln Library and the Friends of the Lincoln Library