contests for St. Louis, MO area adults and teens: Wednesday Poetry Club
Wednesday Poetry Club of St. Louis
Annual Poetry Contest
Closes February 1, 2010
April 14, 2010, 1:00 p.m.
ORIGINAL POETRY CONTEST
ELIGIBILITY: *Adults over 18; living within a 50-mile radius of St. Louis.
*Any person having won first prize in the contest twice within the last five years is ineligible for further cash awards but may be cited for honors.
RULES: *Submit TWO TYPED COPIES of TWO poems, which have never been published or won an award.
*Use 8 1/2 x 11 paper with no more than one poem to a page.
*Sign with pen name ONLY.
*Type real name, address, e-mail address and telephone number on a separate sheet of paper and enclose with poems. No manuscripts returned.
SEND TO: Carol Layton; ORIGINAL POETRY CONTEST; 112 Swan Ave.; St. Louis, MO 63122
PRIZES: $700, $300, $150
JUDGE: Kim Addonzio
*Author of four poetry collections with the fifth,Lucifer at the Starlight, coming out October 2009.
*Written two instructional books on writing poetry.
*Written two novels.
*Won many awards including National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship, National Book Awards nomination, John Ciardi Lifetime Achievement Award.
*Poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in many anthologies, literary journals, and textbooks.
*Teaches privately in Oakland, California, on and online.
JUNIOR ORIGINAL POETRY CONTEST
ELIGIBILITY: Students in grades 10 through 12 in High Schools in St. Louis and the St. Louis area.
RULES: Submit TWO original poems. Send THREE copies of each poem, one poem to a page. Students should sign each poem in the upper left hand cornerwith a PEN NAME. On a separate sheet of paper, student should sign REAL NAME, STREET ADDRESS, ZIP CODE, EMAIL ADDRESS, NAME OF SCHOOL, and TEACHER'S FULL NAME and seal in envelope with PEN NAME ON OUTSIDE.
Entries must be submitted through the school’s English Departmentand must follow the rules. No manuscripts will be returned.
SEND TO: Betty Smith, Junior Poetry Contest, 1102 Templeton Pl., Town and Country, MO 63017
PRIZES: $100, $75, $50, $25, and Book Prize
JUDGE: David Kirby
*Collection The House on Boulevard St. New and Selected Poems was finalist for the 2007 National Book Award in Poetry.
*Latest collection is The Temple Gate Called Beautiful.
*Currently, co-editing with Barbara Hamby Seriously Fun: Poems About Love, Death, Religion, Art, Politics, Sex, and Everything Else.
*Currently the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University.
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