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Last Call for Short Story and Humor Poetry Contests

The Best Free Poetry Contests, Mar-Apr

Notable Free Prose Contests, Mar-Apr

Calls for Submissions

New Literary Resources

New Recommended Books

Critique of Charlet C. Estes's "Persistent Armageddon"

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WINNING WRITERS NEWSLETTER
March 2006


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Welcome to our March newsletter. This is the companion to our online database, The Best Free Poetry Contests. It alerts you to upcoming contests and important contest changes.

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14th Annual Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards
Postmark Deadline: May 1
Enter the only competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer's Digest is now offering more than $15,000 in prizes including $3,000 cash for the Grand-Prize Winner and $1,000 for the First-Place Winner in each category (twice as much as last year). The 14th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards allows entrants to compete and win in 9 categories including Poetry. For a complete list of prizes, entry guidelines and an entry form, visit www.writersdigest.com/specialoffers.asp?WW306 or send an email to self-publishing-competition@fwpubs.com.

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Last Call!
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest
Postmark Deadline: March 31
Now in its 14th year. Prizes of $1,000, $600 and $400 will be awarded, plus four High Distinction awards of $250 each. The top entry will be published in a triennial anthology. Other entries may also be published. Submit any type of short story, essay or other work of prose, up to 5,000 words. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the anthology and online publication rights. $12 entry fee. Submit online or by mail. Winning Writers is assisting with entry handling for this contest. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. Guidelines:
http://www.winningwriters.com/tomstory

Last Call!
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest - No Fee
Online Submission Deadline: April 1
Now in its fifth year. Sponsored by Winning Writers. Prizes of $1,190, $169, $60 and 5 honorable mentions of $38 each. A humor contest with a special twist. No fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter. Submit online:
http://www.winningwriters.com/wergle

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THE BEST FREE POETRY CONTESTS
Deadlines: March 16-April 30

Here is a summary of upcoming free poetry contests. Click the contest names to be taken directly to their profiles. You may also login to The Best Free Poetry Contests here and click the Find Free Contests link to search for contests by name.

3/17: Ottakar's & Faber Poetry Competition +++
Entries must be received by this date
Highly recommended free contest for UK residents offers top prize of 500 pounds for adults, 100 pounds for youth, plus runner-up and regional prizes. Send one poem, maximum 40 lines. Ottakar's is a British bookstore chain. The contest is co-sponsored by Faber & Faber, a venerable British publishing house.

3/20: Arts Club of Washington Scholarship Competition for Student Poets ++
Recommended free contest offers scholarships up to $1,000 for college students aged 18-26 in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC. Submit one poem, maximum 300 lines, along with entry form and recommendation letter from faculty member at applicant's school.

3/25: Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition for High School Students +
Entries must be received by this date
Neutral free contest offers six prizes of $50 for the best haiku by students in grades 7-12 as of the previous September (no homeschooled students). Send 1-3 haiku, typed in triplicate on 3"x5" cards, with author's name and contact information on only one copy. Sponsored by the Haiku Society of America.

3/30: bp Nichol Chap-Book Award ++
Recommended free contest offers C$1,000 for the best English-language poetry chapbook published in Canada in the preceding year. Author or publisher should submit 3 copies of book plus author's curriculum vitae.

3/31: Mattia Family Poetry Contest +
Neutral free contest runs several times yearly, offering prizes of C$100, C$50 and C$25 plus web publication for the best poem under 200 words. Online entry only. You may post up to 2 poems per day until selected for the "Fina-List" from which the editors will pick a winner.

3/31: Mildred Kanterman Memorial Award for Best First Book of Haiku +
Entries must be received by this date
Neutral free contest from the Haiku Society of America offers $500 for the best first book of haiku, or primarily haiku, published in the previous calendar year. Books should be at least 24 pages. Also see website for the Annual Merit Book Awards, open to poets of all experience levels, not just first books. Both prize and fee for the latter contest were eliminated in 2005; winners now receive only publicity in Haiku Society materials. Early entries encouraged. Email Michael Dylan Welch for details.

3/31: Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award +
Entries must be received by this date
Neutral free contest for African-American poets offers $500 and publication for a poetry manuscript, 60-90 pages. Authors who have already had books published by Lotus Press are not eligible. Note new submission period for 2006 (formerly January 1 to March 25).

3/31: Word Works Young Poets Competition +++
Highly recommended free contest for high school students in the Washington, DC region offers two winners an honorarium plus reading at Rock Creek Park with an established poet. Send 5-6 poems, published or unpublished. The Word Works also runs a prestigious manuscript prize for adults.

4/1: Amy Award +
Formerly September 15
Neutral free contest seeks lyric poems by women age 30 and under who are residents of Long Island or NY metropolitan region. Winners receive an honorarium and a reading with a distinguished poet in NYC. The Amy Award honors the memory of the poet Amy Rothholtz, author of Iced Tigers, who died at age 25. Formerly sponsored by Guild Hall of East Hampton, NY, the award was taken over by Poets & Writers Magazine in 2004.

4/1: Ethnographic Poetry Award +
Neutral free contest offers $100 for poems that use alternative literary genres to explore anthropological concerns. These concerns may be any of those associated with the fields of anthropology: Archaeological, Biological, Linguistic, Sociocultural, and Applied Anthropology. Send 2 copies of cover letter and submission packet of up to 10 pages of poetry. No online or faxed entries.

4/1: Washington State Book Awards ++
Recommended free contest offers prizes of $1,000 each for published books of poetry, fiction, history/biography, general nonfiction for adults, picture book, and young adult book. Authors must have been born in Washington State or have lived in the state for at least three years. An author who lives in Washington part of the year and considers Washington to be her or his home is eligible. Publisher or author should submit 6 copies of book plus entry form from website.

4/15: Arabic Translation Award +++
Entries must be received by this date
Highly recommended free contest for book-length translations of Arabic literature into English offers $5,000 each for translator and original author. (An author who translates his or her own work will only receive one $5,000 award.) Poetry, fiction, academic nonfiction, and literary nonfiction (memoirs, theoretical writings, essays or travel literature) are all eligible. Submit 4 copies of a manuscript of 100 pages maximum. Winner published by the University of Arkansas Press.

4/15: Balticon SF Poetry Contest +
Neutral free contest offers top prize of $50 for poems with science fiction, fantasy or horror themes. Send 1-3 poems, maximum 32 lines each. Sponsored by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Winners invited to read at Balticon, their annual convention, in May.

4/17: Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowships +++
Highly recommended contest from prestigious Poetry magazine offers two fellowships of $15,000 for US authors with no published books. Applicants must be regularly enrolled in an English or creative writing program, on the graduate or undergraduate level as of the deadline date. Send 10 pages of poetry (published work may be included), plus application form completed by the director of your school's creative writing department. One applicant per school.

4/18: Foley Poetry Contest ++
Entries must be received by this date
Recommended free contest from the Jesuit magazine 'America' offers $1,000 and publication for a poem of 30 lines or less. (Past winning poems have touched on morally significant issues, but have not been "religious" poetry in the conventional sense.) No simultaneous submissions.

4/30: Betsy Colquitt Award for Poetry/Frank O'Connor Award for Fiction +
Neutral free contests offer $500 apiece for the best poetry and fiction published in Descant: Fort Worth's Journal of Poetry & Fiction. General submission guidelines apply. Editors prefer poems 60 lines or less, stories 5,000 words or less.


Login to The Best Free Poetry Contests now to view these and all our profiles of free contests. You can browse contests by deadline date, name, recommendation level and more.

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All deadlines are postmark deadlines unless otherwise specified.


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SPONSORS' MESSAGES

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Level 4 Press Seeks Poems and Poetry Manuscripts
Literary publisher seeks poems for future editions of The Giant Book of Poetry and book-length poetry manuscripts for publication. All poems must meet the requirements of the "Level 4 Poetry Manifesto" documented in The Giant Book of Poetry, available from bookstores, Amazon, www.level4press.com, or your local library. Please read the anthology to determine if your style matches our philosophy before submitting. Submit to Level 4 Press, 13518 Jamul Drive, Jamul, CA 91935. Keep a copy of your manuscript—we are unable to return them. The Giant Book of Poetry is a 752-page illustrated anthology of ancient, classical, modern, contemporary and world poetry. The retail price is $29.95. "The Giant Book of Poetry is bursting at the seams with the kind of poems that people need to be reading."—Billy Collins, recent US Poet Laureate.


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Editorial Expertise offers writers a period of secluded concentration in Tamworth, New Hampshire. Located between the Lakes Region and the White Mountains, it is a village with exquisite mountain scenery and a library within walking distance. The Barnstormers Theatre, in the heart of the village, offers plays and concerts throughout the year. In July and August, actors are heard rehearsing their lines or chatting on the deck of the nearby cafe. The studio, with a private entrance and bathroom/utility room, is $200/weekend, $350/week, and $650/month. Dr. Elizabeth Tillar is available for editing and consultations (at $15/hour). Email Eliztillar@aol.com or call 603-323-2924.


Writing It Real in Port Townsend Annual June Writer's Conference
Intimate, constructive writer's workshop June 22-26 in Port Townsend, WA with master teachers and writers Sheila Bender of WritingItReal, Jack Heffron of Emmis Books and formerly of Writer's Digest Books, and award-winning poet Susan Rich. Join us in the beautiful Northwest just after solstice when the light is long (family and companions will have plenty to do in the historic Victorian seaport town loaded with galleries, hiking and boating—we are near the Olympic National Park, the San Juan Islands and Victoria BC). Email conference@writingitreal.com for more details. Reserve by April 1 to enjoy a $50 discount.


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Last Call!
Robert Frost Poetry Festival 2006 Key West Robert Frost Poetry Festival and Contest
Postmark Deadline: March 28
The 12th Annual Robert Frost Poetry festival will be held April 21-23, 2006 in the Heritage House Garden, Robert Frost Cottage, and at select Key West venues. The festival again will feature poetry and haiku workshops and readings, an art and film event, and an international poetry and haiku contest. Featured poets are Dr. Michael Wyndham Thomas, Birmingham, England; Lee Gurga, Editor of Modern Haiku; Key West author and poet Rosalind Brackenbury; and Rebecca Seiferle, author of Bitters. For further information and registration details, please visit heritagehousemuseum.org or write to The RFPF, 410 Caroline Street, Key West, FL 33040.
The Florida Keys & Key West Tourism Council Florida Keys Council of the Arts








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Abroad Writers' Conference Fellowship Contests
Poetry Postmark Deadline: April 1 - Last Call!
Playwriting Postmark Deadline: April 15 - Last Call!
Screenwriting Postmark Deadline: April 15 - Last Call!
Short Story Postmark Deadline: May 15
Abroad Writers' Conference invites you to enter our fellowship contests in Short Fiction, Screenwriting, Poetry, and Playwriting. All our winning writers will attend our conferences this summer in France for free (value $2,750). Those attending these weeklong conferences include Amy Bloom, Jane Campion, Billy Collins, Margaret Drabble, Andrew Motion, Michael Ondaatje and others. Fellowship winners in the short story and poetry categories will also be published in our literary journal "Driftwood". Second place winners will receive $500, third place $100, and our top ten runners up will receive signed books. All winners names will be posted on our site. The reading fee, judges and deadlines vary for each contest. Please see our website at www.abroad-crwf.com to learn more, or email ngerbault@aol.com.


75th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition
Postmark Deadline: May 15
For 75 years, the Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition has rewarded writers just like you for their finest work. And best of all, we're celebrating our milestone year by giving away more than $30,000 in cash and prizes! No other writing competition offers so many chances for you to win—or sends you to New York City to meet with editors or agents! Compete and win in 10 categories including Rhyming and Non-Rhyming Poetry. For a complete list of prizes, guidelines and an entry form, visit http://www.writersdigest.com/specialoffers.asp?WW3 or send an email to writing-competition@fwpubs.com.


City of Derby Short Story and Poetry Competition
Entries must be received by May 31
A UK competition open to writers of all ages and nationalities. Seeks short stories of less than 5,000 words, poems of no more than 40 lines. First prize £300. Second prize £200. Third prize £100 in each category. Short story judge Michael Hulse, Warwick University, poetry judge Ian Parks, Leeds University. Entries should be either submitted online (PayPal and credit cards accepted) or mailed with a reading fee of £3. See competition website for the complete rules at www.cityofderbywritingcompetition.org.uk. Postal address:
The City of Derby Short Story and Poetry Competition 2006
P.O. Box 7065
Derby DE1 OAD
United Kingdom


Artists Embassy International Poetry Contest
to further understanding and goodwill through the universal language of the arts

Postmark Deadline: June 1 (early entries encouraged)
Three $100 grand prizes and a video of your poem being performed at the Dancing Poetry Festival in San Francisco on October 7, plus cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. Reading fee is $5 for one poem, $10 for three poems. Each poem may have up to 40 lines. Send two copies of each poem. Put your name, address and phone number on one copy only. The anonymous copy will go to the judges. Please send your entries to: Judy Cheung - Chair, 704 Brigham Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. No entries will be returned. Complete guidelines: http://www.dancingpoetry.org/dancingpoetrycontest.htm


Write On: Free Poetry Contest
Email Submission Deadline: June 15
Twice a year, the editors of Write On's POETRY PLACE pick one outstanding poem to showcase online. Enter our third contest now. Email your poem to writecmchale@earthlink.net. Limit one poem per person, up to 55 lines. The winner will be announced and published by July 1.


The Litchfield Review Summer Contest
Postmark Deadline: July 30
The Litchfield Review seeks original, unpublished poems, essays and short stories for its current contest. We provide a forum to both emerging and established writers; our only criterion for acceptance is excellence. We look for good stories beautifully told, quality poetry of substance, and creative nonfiction that lingers long in the minds of readers. The overall winner will receive $250. Other prizes of $100 may also be awarded. The reading fee is $10 per essay, short story, or set of 1-3 poems; or $15 to submit an unlimited number of prose and poetry entries. All prizewinners will be published in The Litchfield Review. Runners-up may also be published. All writers we publish will receive a free copy of the issue in which they appear.

Please submit two copies of your manuscript and make your reading fee payable to The Litchfield Review. Essays and short stories may be up to 3,000 words long. Poems may have up to 45 lines. Your entry should be typed, double-spaced, on one side of letter-size sheets of paper. Staple multiple pages together. Include a cover page with your name, address, phone number, email address (if available) and title for each submission. Indicate the word count (prose) or line count (poetry) on the cover page.

Mail your submission to: The Litchfield Review, 7 Bonna Street, Beacon Falls, CT 06403.

You may submit the same work simultaneously to this contest and to others. Please notify The Litchfield Review if the work you submit is accepted elsewhere. Questions? Please email Theresa C. Vara-Dannen.


Life for Change: A Perpetual Writing Contest
"Life for Change" is a free contest for authors. People write their story, others vote on it. The author of the story with the most votes wins a cash prize. The prizes are currently $100 and are awarded on an ongoing basis. Please visit our website for details:
http://www.lifeforchange.com


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SELECTED FREE PROSE CONTESTS

These free prose contests with deadlines between March 16 and April 30 are included as a bonus in The Best Free Poetry Contests.

Click the contest names below to go straight to their profiles, or login to The Best Free Poetry Contests here. After you login, please click the Find Free Contests link, then search by Prose Contest Type to find prose contests.

3/20: Anthem Essay Contest for High School Students +++
Highly recommended free contest for 9th and 10th graders offers top prize of $2,000, other large prizes, for essays on Ayn Rand's novella Anthem. See website for essay topics and background on Rand's rationalist, libertarian worldview. Length limit is 600-1,200 words.

3/31: L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest ++
Recommended free contest for emerging writers of short science fiction, fantasy and horror offers quarterly prizes of $1,000 plus an annual $4,000 grand prize for one of the four winners. Send only one story per quarter, maximum 17,000 words. See website for eligibility rules.

3/31: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Award +++
Entries must be received by this date
Highly recommended free contest offers $10,000 for a novel first published in Spanish after 2004 by a female author. Winner also receives publication in English by Curbstone Press, and travel expenses to the award ceremony at the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico. Send 6 copies of the published Spanish-language book, a curriculum vitae, and copies of any reviews that the book received. Contact David Unger for details.

4/25: Fountainhead Essay Contest for High School Students +++
Highly recommended free contest for high school students (11th and 12th grade) offers $10,000 top prize, other large prizes, for essays on Ayn Rand's novel The Fountainhead. Essays should be based on one of the three questions on the website, and be 800-1,600 words long. Enter by mail or online. Contest is looking for entries that are sympathetic to Rand's philosophy. See website for other student contests.

4/30: Paul Bowles Prize for Fiction +++
Highly recommended free contest offers $1,000 for the best story published in Five Points, a prestigious literary journal, during the current year. Stories around 7,500 words preferred. Five Points also pays $15 per page for prose that they accept, $50 per poem. No simultaneous submissions.


Login to The Best Free Poetry Contests now to view these and all our profiles of free contests.

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CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

Brooklyn Alternative Small Press Fair
The 5th Annual Brooklyn Alternative Small Press Fair will showcase the publications of over 40 local publishers of poetry, creative writing and multimedia works. Readings and presentations will be offered throughout the day. The fair will take place June 17 from 10:00-4:00 at Camp Friendship, 339 8th Street near 6th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY. $10 fee due by April 30.

Marion Street Press Call for Submissions: Poem, Revised
Postmark Deadline: September 1
Entries sought for anthology titled Poem, Revised: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Writing Poetry. The book, which is aimed at creative-writing students, will be a collection of 50 to 100 poems, each accompanied by a marked-up earlier draft (or drafts) of the poem, along with comments on why and how the poet revised it. "Since this text will also be used as a teaching text, we encourage you to describe your revision in the language of the craft: line breaks, line length, meter/rhyme/form (if any), consonance/assonance/alliteration, metaphor/simile, tone, and so on. We also encourage poets to say something about what they are trying to 'do' in or with the poem—what the project of the poem is." Email editor Robert Hartwell Fiske for complete rules.


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NEW LITERARY RESOURCES

Authors' Blogs
A link directory of published and aspiring writers' weblogs, with an emphasis on lesser-known writers of genre fiction (romance, mystery, sci-fi and horror). A good place to find new books in your favorite genre, publicize your own work, and connect with other emerging authors.

Life for Change: Perpetual Writing Contest
Ongoing contest publishes your story submissions online and awards prizes based on readers' votes. Stories should be between 1,000 and 10,000 words. After you submit a story, people may vote for it. When the Payout Progress Meter reaches $100, the author of the story with the most votes earns the payout. Stories should be submitted through the online form, not by email.

Literal Latte
Stimulating online journal with a New York City edge. Also publishes annual print anthology. Annual contests include poetry and prose awards of $1,000, food verse contest with $500 prize. Journal was published in tabloid-newspaper format until 2004; some back issues still available.

Micro Spaces to Rent to Writers
A new trend in services for writers: members-only centers with office amenities (computers, desks, kitchens, even childcare) so writers can get away from the distractions of home and actually do some work. NYC-based Paragraph, The Village Quill and Two Rooms are in the vanguard of this trend. Start one in your city.

Poems Niederngasse
Online literary journal publishes quality poetry and critical essays in English, German and Italian, plus original artwork.

Poetry
The magazine that defines the poetry establishment. This Chicago-based journal founded in 1912 is published by the Poetry Foundation, which also administers many large and prestigious awards for writers, thanks to Ruth Lilly's $100 million gift in 2002.

PowerBlogs
Blog software and hosting service includes over 30 templates with different color schemes and graphics.

ReadPlease
Text-to-speech software reads aloud any text on your Windows-based computer screen. You can use it as a proofreading tool to hear errors that you overlooked. Also helpful for visually impaired and dyslexic readers.

Spoken Word Internet Radio Station
Free round-the-clock online radio station dedicated to broadcasting poetry, fiction, drama and interviews. The station broadcasts popular audio books by bestselling authors, as well as promoting new and unsigned writers from around the world. Broadcasts can be heard in Windows Media Player, Real Player and streaming MP3 formats. Fans of the UK literary journal Manifold will want to listen on March 21 to a World Poetry Day presentation by some regular contributors to the magazine.

The Godawful Sonnet Generator
Award-winning poet F.J. Bergmann created this random sonnet generator by writing a dozen cliche-ridden sonnets with the same end-rhymes, which the computer program reshuffles to produce over 15 billion unique, dreadful poems. Submit one to your favorite vanity contest today!

The Internet Writing Journal's Best Author Blogs
The editors of The Internet Writing Journal list their favorite individual and group blogs by accomplished writers. Represented genres include humor, romance, science fiction, horror, mystery, economics and technology. You will recognize many names on this list.

The Practicing Writer
Very useful free monthly e-newsletter for writers of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, featuring articles, interviews, contests, calls for submissions, and more. Editor Erika Dreifus (Ed.M., M.F.A., Ph.D.) is a Massachusetts-based writer and writing instructor with many publication credits, who serves as contributing editor of The Chattahoochee Review. Dreifus says, "Our mission is to support the craft and business of excellent writing."

Three Candles
Online poetry journal established in 1999 has published such authors as Ray Gonzalez, Jeffrey Levine, Corey Mesler and Tony Trigilio. Well-crafted poetry with an emotional impact. Three Candles Press offers a first-book prize in the spring.

Zeek
Wide-ranging, edgy Jewish literary magazine covers arts, politics, popular culture and humor. Zeek publishes both a monthly online journal and a biannual print edition. Unpredictable, thought-provoking and fun.


See all our resources now at http://www.winningwriters.com/resources/ur_web.php. This is also the gateway to our recommended books, magazines, service providers, advice for writers (with manuscript tips) and poetry critiques.


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NEW RECOMMENDED BOOKS

A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation
By Noah Lukeman. More than just a style guide, this book discusses how creative writers can use punctuation for artistic effect. Lukeman, a literary agent and author of bestselling writing manuals, explores such questions as how dashes enhance Emily Dickinson's poems, or how Melville used semicolons to convey tension in Moby-Dick. Includes writing exercises.

Off the Record: An Anthology of Poetry by Lawyers
Edited by James R. Elkins. This special issue of the scholarly journal Legal Studies Forum features over 700 pages of poetry by contemporary authors connected to the legal profession. Included are such well-known writers as Ace Boggess, Simon Perchik and Ilya Kaminsky, plus legal superstar Gerry Spence and many others. Read the e-text online or order a copy from Professor Elkins. A sequel, Intelligible Hues, was published in 2005.


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MORE SPONSORS' MESSAGES

Last Call!
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest
Postmark Deadline: March 31
Now in its 14th year. Prizes of $1,000, $600 and $400 will be awarded, plus four High Distinction awards of $250 each. The top entry will be published in a triennial anthology. Other entries may also be published. Submit any type of short story, essay or other work of prose, up to 5,000 words. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the anthology and online publication rights. $12 entry fee. Submit online or by mail. Winning Writers is assisting with entry handling for this contest. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. Guidelines:
http://www.winningwriters.com/tomstory


Last Call!
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest - No Fee
Online Submission Deadline: April 1
Now in its fifth year. Sponsored by Winning Writers. Prizes of $1,190, $169, $60 and 5 honorable mentions of $38 each. A humor contest with a special twist. No fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter. Submit online:
http://www.winningwriters.com/wergle


War Poetry Contest
Postmark Deadline: May 31
Sponsored by Winning Writers. We seek original, unpublished poems for our fifth annual contest on the theme of war. Submit 1-3 poems, up to 500 lines in total. $3,000 in prizes will be awarded, including a top prize of $1,500. The entry fee is $12. This fee includes three months of online access to the Poetry Contest Insider database, a $6.95 value. Judge: Jendi Reiter. Submit online or by mail. Guidelines:
http://www.winningwriters.com/war


Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse
Postmark Deadline: June 30
Now in its third year, this contest seeks poetry in traditional verse forms such as sonnets and haiku. 30 cash prizes totaling $3,500 will be awarded, including a top prize of $1,000. All winners of cash prizes will be published in an anthology. The entry fee is $6 for every 25 lines you submit. Enter online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. You may submit poems that have been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the anthology and online publication rights. Unpublished work is also welcome. Winning Writers is assisting with entry handling for this contest. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. Guidelines:
http://www.winningwriters.com/margaret


Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest
Postmark Deadline: September 30
Now in its fourth year, this contest seeks poems in any style, theme or genre. 30 cash prizes totaling $3,500 will be awarded, including a top prize of $1,000. All winners of cash prizes will be published in an anthology. The entry fee is $6 for every 25 lines you submit. Enter online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. You may submit poems that have been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the anthology and online publication rights. Unpublished work is also welcome. Winning Writers is assisting with entry handling for this contest. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. Guidelines:
http://www.winningwriters.com/tompoetry


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2006 Poet's Market
The 2006 edition of Poet's Market is on sale for $16.49 at Amazon. Published each August by Writer's Digest, this is the best annual guide to 1,800 journals, magazines, book publishers, chapbook publishers, websites, grants, conferences, workshops and contests. Helps you find publishers who are looking for your kind of work. Also updated are Novel & Short Story Writer's Market and Writer's Market for works of prose. Writer's Market is "the most valuable of tools for the writer new to the marketplace," says Stephen King in On Writing.


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Jendi Reiter JENDI'S CRITIQUE CORNER

This month, Critique Corner is pleased to present "Persistent Armageddon" by Charlet C. Estes.

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PERSISTENT ARMAGEDDON
by Charlet C. Estes

(dedicated to Joseph Campbell)

I deserve to die in Potter's Field
Fall on my face in the dust.
A place for those who have no name
Because they have no reason.
I have crucified all I have and all I am
And still left empty.

This is Your struggle, not mine, not ours.

You let Lucifer dabble.
Alienated at Babel.
Heels are bleeding
Crushing the constant snake.
Why am I talking to You so?
I told You. You are deception.
Created the Kings of the North and
Sovereigns of the South
Only to amuse Yourself
Watching them raze.

This is Your struggle, not mine, not ours.

Horsemen driven
By your monotony.
A One incapable of monogamy
Desires one, seven, seventy.

They battle in the valleys, you dry their bones.
And raise them up to brawl again.
Your many illicit sonsódoctrines without foundation,
Tenet against tenet fighting over You.
Offerings approved, rejectedóbrothers killed.
Inheritances taken by trickery You instilled.

I told You. You are deception.

Did you spin the clay
Only to bury it here
In this sand with weapon in hand?
Truly the Potter's option?

That's their opinion, your bastard canon
Persist to create a printed desolation.
Abomination? In the True Creator's eyesó
Latent, covert, dormant. It seems so.
I will not die in Potter's Field.
A truth revealed, a heart healed.

This is not Your struggle, nor mine. Not ours.

Only Confusion re-written,
Mythology-smitten
That placed me in this furrow
Chained-metal in hand.

Paradise intended, perilous game and
It ended.
With every event has transpired.
Benevolence warranted, you determined it,
I will expect it to stand.
I will shore up for the race, I will arise to your face.

I will see through the glass before long...


Copyright 2006 by Charlet C. Estes


Critique by Jendi Reiter

This month's critique poem, "Persistent Armageddon" by Charlet C. Estes, stands in a tradition of spiritual protest literature as old as the Biblical book of Job. Some see doubt and anger as incompatible with faith, but one could also consider them signs of a mature faith, like the shadows that show an object to be solid and three-dimensional. (For a classic example of this tradition, see Gerard Manley Hopkins' "dark sonnets".)

The more deeply we commit to our spiritual path, the more we may become pained by the gap between our ideals and reality. Hence doubt arises: do these beliefs really fit human experience? do they cause more suffering than they cure? and can they be implemented in this imperfect world? And anger: at human beings who pervert spiritual teachings, at the Creator who made us this way. As we see in Estes' poem, faith and doubt go hand in hand because we may need to see through false dogmas in order to reach a faith that fits the truths of the heart.

"Persistent Armageddon" is an example of a poem based on literary allusions (in this case, to the Bible), yet one that can also be understood and appreciated by readers who are less familiar with the source tradition. One of the pleasures of studying literature is finding these keys that unlock multiple levels of meaning in a poem, so that one suddenly finds one's self sharing an experience not only with the individual writer, but with an entire community of writers who have pondered the same issues....

critique continues here

This poem, our critique and contest suggestions for poems in this style appear in full at:
http://www.winningwriters.com/resources/critiques/2006/urc_0603estes.php

See all of our 2005-2006 poetry critiques


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