poetry contest: WyoPoets
- WYOPOETS' 2012 ANNUAL NATIONAL CONTEST
WyoPoets is sponsoring its annual nationwide poetry contest.
WHO Contest is open to all poets worldwide, however, submissions must be in the English language and fees in U.S. funds. Prizes will be awarded in U.S. currency.
WHAT Poems, published or unpublished. Any subject, any form, 40 lines or less (including title and line breaks), that has NOT won a prize larger than $50.00 in any one contest, or a money prize in a previous WyoPoets Annual contest, is eligible. All poems must be original work of entrant. No pornography, racial or sexual slurs, or language considered obscene by average broad-minded reader.
DEADLINE Deadline - postmarked by January 1, 2013. Send poems any time after October 1.
PRIZES First - $100.00; Second - $50.00; Third - $30.00; Fourth - $20.00. Five or more ranked Honorable Mentions will also be awarded.
FEES $2.00 entry fee, plus $1.00 per poem. No maximum number of entries.
(Examples: 3 poems for $5,00; 5 poems for $7.00).
REQUIREMENTS Poems, except for Oriental forms, must be titled. Poems must be typed or computer generated, in English, on 8-1/2 by 11" white paper, or similar computer paper. At least 10 point, preferably 12 point or larger font. No more than one poem on a page. Single or double spaced. One side of the paper only. Photocopies okay if clear and legible. Submit two copies of each poem, one copy for the judge with no identification on it. On the other copy, show your name, mailing address, and phone number in the upper right hand corner of the front side. No limit on number of entries. No electronic submissions. No one poet can win more than one monetary prize, but can win additional Honorable Mentions. Include SASE (self-addressed STAMPED envelope) for winners list, to be mailed by mid-March.
SUBMITTING Send both copies of poems submitted, together with entry fee, to:
Nancy Ruskowsky, Contest Chair
331 Road 6RT
Cody, WY 82414
Final judging will be by a qualified out-of-state judge not affiliated with WyoPoets. Decisions of the judge will be final. The Contest Chair will not enter this contest. Winners will be invited to read their winning poem at the WyoPoets spring workshop (date and place to be announced later).
RIGHTS Winning poems may be published in our spring newsletter only with the author's written permission. All rights remain with the author. Be sure to keep copies of your entries as poems will not be returned. All copies of the poems will be destroyed after the spring workshop.
WyoPoets encourage all poets, in-state or nationwide, to join our organization. WyoPoets is a member of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS). Membership in WyoPoets automatically gives an individual membership in NFSPS, plus eligibility to enter their national contests, and a subscription to their newsletter, STROPHES, which lists most of the contests of member state organizations that are open to the public. Membership dues in WyoPoets is $20.00 per year. Fiscal year is July 1 through June 30. If interested, send check, payable to WyoPoets, for $20.00, and mail to: Art Elser, WyoPoets' Treasurer, 1730 Locust Street, Denver, CO 80220.
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