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The Best Free Poetry Contests, December-January

Notable Free Prose Contests, December-January

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WINNING WRITERS NEWSLETTER
December 2007


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Welcome to our December newsletter. This is the companion to our online database, The Best Free Poetry Contests. It alerts you to upcoming contests and important contest changes, highlights quality resources for writers, and announces achievements and great poems by our readers.

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Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest
Postmark Deadline: March 31, 2008
Now in its 16th year. Prizes of $2,000, $1,000, $500 and $250 will be awarded, plus five High Distinction awards of $200 each and five Most Highly Commended Awards of $100 each. 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 online publication rights. $12 entry fee. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. Winning Writers is assisting with entry handling for this contest. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. See the complete guidelines and past winners.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest - No Fee
Online Submission Deadline: April 1, 2008
Winning Writers invites you to enter the seventh annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, called "infamous" by Writer's Digest. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $3,336.40 will be awarded, including a top prize of $1,359. There is no fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter. See the complete guidelines and past winners.

War Poetry Contest
Postmark Deadline: May 31, 2008
We seek 1-3 original, unpublished poems on the theme of war for our seventh annual contest, up to 500 lines in total. We will again award $5,000, including a top prize of $2,000. Submit online or by mail. The entry fee is $15. Judge: Jendi Reiter. See the complete guidelines and past winners.

Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse
Postmark Deadline: June 30, 2008
Now in its fifth year, this contest seeks poetry in traditional verse forms such as sonnets and free verse. Both published and unpublished poems are welcome. Fourteen cash prizes totaling $5,250 will be awarded, including a top prize of $2,000. The entry fee is $6 for every 25 lines you submit. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. This contest is sponsored by Tom Howard Books and assisted by Winning Writers. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. See the complete guidelines and past winners.

Now Open
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest - $5,250 in Prizes
Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2008
Now in its sixth year, this contest seeks poems in any style, theme or genre. Both published and unpublished poems are welcome. Fourteen cash prizes totaling $5,250 will be awarded, including a top prize of $2,000. The entry fee is $6 for every 25 lines you submit. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. This contest is sponsored by Tom Howard Books and assisted by Winning Writers. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. See the complete guidelines and past winners. Winners from the 2007 contest will be announced this coming February 15.


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RECENT HONORS FOR OUR NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS
Congratulations to Kristina Lim. She won an honorable mention in the Novice Christian Poetry Contest from Utmost Christian Writers for her poem "Boys in the balcony". Ms. Lim writes, "I am a Winning Writers newsletter subscriber and found the contest on your website. This being my first poetry contest entry, it felt amazing to win something! Thank you for your resources." This award, with prizes up to C$500, is open to Christian poets whose work has never appeared in a print publication. The most recent deadline was August 31.

Congratulations to Deborah DeNicola. Her poem "After the Stroke" was a finalist in the 2007 Anderbo Poetry Prize and is published on their website. The most recent deadline for this $500 prize was September 15. Ms. DeNicola's latest poetry collection is a chapbook, Inside Light, from Finishing Line Press. Her spiritual memoir The Alchemy of the Black Madonna & The Future That Brought Her Here will be published in 2008 by Nicolas-Hays Press.

Congratulations to Hal Shows. His first poetry collection, Parasol: Poems 1977-2007, was recently released by Luniver Press. Mr. Shows is also the founder of the post-punk band Persian Gulf. Links to his numerous recordings can be found on his web page.

Congratulations to Tolu Ogunlesi. He won the 2007 Facebook Poetry Contest, judged by Todd Swift and Daniel Mitchell, for his poem "Instructions". He kindly shares this poem below. His poems have also been recently accepted for publication in MotherKisser, Istanbul Literature Review, and Birmingham Arts Journal. Visit his website at http://omoalagbede.blogspot.com/

RECENT HONORS FOR POETRY CONTEST INSIDER SUBSCRIBERS
Congratulations to Ellen LaFleche. She won an honorable mention in the Summer 2007 New Millennium Writings Awards. Her poems "The Parish Housekeeper Cleans the Church after the Funeral of a Young Man Killed in Iraq" and "Gulsum, a 16-year-old Afghani Girl, Sets Herself On Fire after Being Beaten by her Husband" will be published in an upcoming issue. This twice-yearly contest from a well-regarded literary journal offers $1,000 apiece for poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and essays. The next deadline is January 31.

RECENT PUBLICATION CREDITS FOR OUR SUBSCRIBERS
Nikhil Parekh's poem "AIDS Doesn't Kill. Your Attitude Kills" was published in the newsletter of the Commonwealth Secretariat to commemorate World AIDS Day. The poem can be read on page 16 of this issue or on his blog.


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THE BEST FREE POETRY CONTESTS
Deadlines: December 16-January 31

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Winning Writers gathers contest information from a wide variety of sources including publishers' press releases, online link directories, Poets & Writers Magazine, and e-newsletters such as TOTAL FundsforWriters, The Practicing Writer, and CRWROPPS. We encourage readers to explore these useful resources, and let us know about worthwhile contests we may have missed.

12/21: California Book Awards ++
Formerly December 15
Recommended free contest for published books whose authors lived in California when the work was written. $2,000 and gold medal for poetry, fiction and nonfiction, plus several prizes of $300 and silver medal in various genres. Poetry winners have been established writers. Entries must have been published during the current calendar year. Author or publisher should send 5 copies of book plus a completed entry form.

12/21: Poetry Society of America Awards +++
Formerly December 23
These highly recommended contests on various themes, with prizes up to $1,000, are free to Poetry Society of America members. We highly recommend joining ($45 per year, $25 for students). For nonmembers, a $15 fee covers all contests for which you are eligible. One entry per person per contest.
Contests restricted to members of the Poetry Society of America
Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award ($1,000 for a manuscript sample of poetry or verse-drama)
Cecil Hemley Memorial Award ($500 for a lyric poem that addresses a philosophical or epistemological concern)
Lucille Medwick Memorial Award ($500 for a poem on a humanitarian theme)
Lyric Poetry Award ($500 for a lyric poem)
Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson Award ($250 for a brief poem inspired by Dickinson, though not necessarily in her style)

Contests open to the general public
George Bogin Memorial Award ($500 for 4-5 poems that use language in an original way to reflect the encounter of the ordinary and the extraordinary and to take a stand against oppression in any of its forms)
Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne Student Poetry Award ($250 for a poem by a US high school student)
Robert H. Winner Memorial Award ($1,000 for poems by authors over age 40 who have published no more than one book)
12/25: Karen Fredericks and Frances Willitts Poetry Prize +
Entries must be received by this date
Neutral free contest offers $350 and online publication for unpublished poems of any length. One entry per person. Submit by email only. Sponsor hotmetalpress is an online journal that has published such authors as Arthur Powers, Bobbi Dykema Katsanis, Juliet Eastland and Lynn Veach Sadler.

12/30: Puffin Foundation Artist Grants ++
Formerly December 15
Recommended contest offers grants of $1,000-$2,500 to emerging artists in the fields of art, music, theater, dance, photography, and literature whose works due to their genre and/or social philosophy might have difficulty being aired. US citizens and permanent residents only. Send SASE for application packet. Application will include an entry form, project description and goals, budget, biographical information, and either a small work sample or references.

12/31: Euphoria Annual Poetry Contest +
Entries must be received by this date
Neutral free contest offers $100 and online publication for the best set of 1-5 poems, 50 lines maximum per poem. Submit by email only. Previously published poems accepted. Best for emerging writers.

12/31: Familia Books Writing Contest +
Neutral free contest offers prizes up to $500 for prose, $100 for poetry, on the theme "Things Mother Taught Me". Winners published in anthology. Fifty percent of the profits from the book will be donated to shelters for mothers and their children escaping from abusive relationships. Entries should reflect life's lessons learned from one's mother, regarding values, ethics, relationships. They should be generally positive, but may explore areas of disagreement or conflict with one's mother. Maximum 3,000 words.

12/31: Franklin-Christoph Poetry Contest +
Neutral free contest offers top prize of $1,000 for unpublished poems, 100 lines maximum. Sponsor Franklin-Christoph is a manufacturer of fine pens and luxury items. Five runners-up receive fountain pens worth $290 or a same-price FC product of their choice. Maximum 3 poems per entrant. Enter by mail or email.

12/31: Griffin Prize For Excellence In Poetry +++
Highly recommended free contest offers two prizes of C$50,000 for poetry books published in the current calendar year. One prize will go to a living Canadian poet or translator, the other to a living poet or translator from any country (including Canada). See website for detailed eligibility rules. Publisher should send 4 copies of book plus a press packet. This is probably the most lucrative poetry prize around, as well as one of the most prestigious.

12/31: Harold Morton Landon Translation Award +++
Highly recommended free contest from the Academy of American Poets offers $1,000 for the best book of poetry in translation published in the US during the current calendar year. Translator must be a living US citizen. 3 copies of book should be submitted by publisher.

12/31: Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred ++
Recommended free contest offers top prize of $500 and publication for an unpublished poem of 100 lines maximum that "expresses, directly or indirectly, a sense of the holy or that, by its mode of expression, evokes the sacred. The tone may be religious, prophetic, or contemplative." Send by mail, email or fax.

12/31: Ohioana Poetry Award: Helen & Laura Krout Memorial ++
Recommended contest offers $1,000 to an Ohio poet for a body of published work that has made, and continues to make, a significant contribution to poetry, and through whose work as a writer, teacher, administrator, or in community service, interest in poetry has been developed. Award is by nomination only. Nominees must have been born in Ohio or lived there for at least 5 years.

12/31: ORBIS Readers Award +
Neutral free rolling-deadline contest offers 50 pounds per issue for the best poem published in each issue of Britain's ORBIS Quarterly Literary International Journal, as determined by reader vote. Online submissions accepted from non-UK entrants only. Translations eligible.

12/31: Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Award +++
Highly recommended free contest from the Academy of American Poets alternates between a $20,000 fellowship for translators of modern Italian poetry to complete a work-in-progress (even-numbered years), and a $5,000 prize for published books of English translations of modern Italian poetry (odd-numbered years). US citizens only.

12/31: William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition +
Free neutral contest for students of medicine or osteopathy in the US and Canada offers prizes of $300, $200, $100 for a poem on any subject. Winners invited to read at Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine in April, possibly published in scholarly journal. Submit 1-3 poems, maximum 750 words each.

1/4: Western Australian Premier's Book Awards +++
Entries must be received by this date; formerly January 5
Highly recommended free contest for published books offers A$7,500 each for fiction, poetry, nonfiction, scripts, books for children and books for young adults. Books that make a contribution to the understanding of Western Australia’s past will also be eligible for the A$7,500 West Australian History Award. Open to authors who: 1) were born in Western Australia; or 2) are current residents of Western Australia; or 3) lived in Western Australia for at least 10 years; or 4) the work is primarily about Western Australia, regardless of the author's country of residence. Book must have been published in the previous calendar year.

1/15: Andres Montoya Poetry Prize ++
Recommended free contest offers $1,000 and publication by the University of Notre Dame Press for a first book of poetry by a Latino author. US citizens and permanent residents only. Send 2 copies of 50-100 page manuscript.

1/15: Asnuntuck Student Poetry Contest +
Free neutral contest offers top prize of $200, other cash prizes, for poems from full- and part-time students at Connecticut public universities, community colleges, and selected high schools. Send 1-5 poems by mail or email.

1/15: Julia Ward Howe Book Awards ++
Recommended contest offers $1,000 each for adult and children's books published in the previous calendar year by authors who live or have lived within 100 miles of Boston, Massachusetts. The adult literature category includes fiction, nonfiction and poetry; children's books may be chapter books or young adult books, but no picture books.

1/15: Levis Reading Prize ++
Entries must be received by this date
Recommended free contest offers $1,000 for a first or second book of poetry published during the preceding calendar year. Winner also receives an expenses-paid trip to Richmond, VA for a reading in September.

1/15: Poetry in Motion Contest +
Entries must be received by this date
Neutral free contest for residents living within a 50-mile radius of St. Louis, MO offers the opportunity to have your poetry published on posters in MetroLink trains and buses, in conjunction with the Poetry Society of America's "Poetry in Motion" program. Previously published work accepted. Send 1-3 poems, maximum 15 lines each.

1/15: Summerfield G. Roberts Award +
Neutral free contest offers $2,500 for the literary manuscript or published book that "best portrays the spirit, character, strength, and deeds of those who lived in the Republic of Texas" (1836-46). Entries may be fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, plays, short stories, novels, or biographies. Send 5 copies.

1/15: Women Artists Datebook Contest +
Neutral free contest offers several payments of $100 for poems by women, to be included in a spiral-bound datebook with original art. Syracuse Cultural Workers describes itself as a "peace and justice publisher" with interest in the environment, social change, and marginalized groups. Send up to 8 poems, 30 lines maximum apiece.

1/16: Texas Institute of Letters Awards ++
Formerly January 7
Recommended free contest offers prizes up to $6,000 for published books in various genres including poetry, fiction and translation. Entrants must have been born in Texas or resided in Texas for two consecutive years at some time, or the book's subject matter must substantially concern Texas.

1/19: Poetry Society of Virginia (Student Categories) +
Neutral free contest offers prizes of $50, $30, $20 for college students, $25, $15, $10 in the elementary through high school categories, plus small prizes for poems on specific themes. Age categories are Grades 1-2, Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8, Grades 9-10, Grades 11-12, Community College, and Undergraduate College. One poem per entrant. See website for line lengths and themes for each contest.

1/30: Nature Poetry Contest +
Neutral free contest offers top prize of $350 for 1-3 poems, maximum 30 lines each. Sponsored by the Friends of Acadia, a group founded to preserve Acadia National Park in Maine, this contest seeks to promote and recognize distinctive nature poetry. Biennial (even-numbered years only). No simultaneous submissions.

1/31: Ann Arlys Bowler Student Poetry Contest ++
Recommended free contest for students in grades 6-12 offers 6 prizes of $100 plus publication in Read Magazine. Send 1-3 poems (published or unpublished), one-page maximum per poem.

1/31: Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize ++
Entries must be received by this date
Recommended free contest sponsored by the Goethe-Institut Chicago honors an outstanding literary translation from German into English published in the US during the preceding calendar year. Literary novels, short stories, plays, poetry, biographies, and correspondences are eligible. Prize is $10,000 plus a 3-month stay at the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and travel expenses for award ceremony in Chicago in June. Publishers should submit 6 copies of the book along with any relevant publicity materials.

1/31: Lampman-Scott Award ++
Recommended free contest for published poetry books by residents of Canada's National Capital region (Ottawa) offers C$1,500. Send 4 copies of a book published during the preceding calendar year by a recognized publisher. Formerly the Archibald Lampman Award, renamed in 2008.

1/31: Lohmann Poetry Prize +
Neutral free contest offers 3 prizes of $200 for poems by current residents of Washington State. Submit one poem, maximum 2 double-spaced pages.

1/31: Poetic Licence Contest for Canadian Youth ++
Entries must be received by this date; formerly January 15
Recommended free contest for Canadian citizens or landed immigrants attending junior high or high school offers top prizes of C$200 in each of two age categories: Junior (grades 7-9) and Senior (grades 10-12). Send 1-2 poems, no more than 50 lines each. Enter by email only. Send as plain text file in the body of the message, not as attachment. Include poem titles, poet's name, address, phone, age, grade and school.


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Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference
The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference
Next conference: January 18-21, 2008
The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference provides the faculty, connections, and method necessary to set poets with a completed manuscript or manuscript-in-process on a path towards publication. Includes workshops, consultations with press editors, evening poetry readings, editorial panel Q&A, group critique of selected poems, and an after-conference strategy session.

Faculty for 2008 include editors and publishers Martha Rhodes (Four Way Books), Jeffrey Levine (Tupelo Press), Jeffrey Shotts (Graywolf Press), Chase Twichell (Ausable Press) and others; workshop leaders include Director of the Concord Poetry Center, Joan Houlihan, Suffolk University Creative Writing Program Director Frederick Marchant, and Director of the Smith Poetry Center, Ellen Dore Watson.

The cost of the January conference is $1,295 (when you register by December 21), and includes tuition, pre-conference materials, lodging and meals. The January conference takes place in the Brandt House, a gorgeous, turn-of-the-century Colonial Revival manor nestled in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Attendance is limited. For an application and complete guidelines, please visit colrainpoetry.com. You may also call 978-897-0054, email conferences@colrainpoetry.com or write to Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference, Concord Poetry Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA 01742-2418.

The Compleat Manuscript Poetry Conference The Compleat Manuscript Poetry Conference
Next conference: February 8-12, 2008
The Compleat Manuscript Poetry Conference, a subset of the Colrain Conference, is a very small, intensely focused conference that includes reading, analysis and discussion of the entire manuscript by two professionals in the field. Only six participants admitted. For details on location, requirements and cost, please visit compleatmanuscript.com. You may also call 978-897-0054, email conferences@colrainpoetry.com or write to Compleat Manuscript Poetry Conference, Concord Poetry Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA 01742-2418.
Attendees say:

"The Colrain Manuscript Conference managed to pack into a weekend what a lot of grad school teachers never had time to do in their classes or individually: offer finishing touches to a manuscript eager to be picked up by a publisher."
Steve Fellner, Brockport, NY

"...It was a goldmine for me especially, removed as I am from the academic world and from a community of serious poets."
LouAnn Muhm, Park Rapids, MN, Teacher, Creative Writing

"...extremely helpful to hear responses to the other manuscripts. I learned as much or more from the critiques of others' manuscripts as I did from the critique of mine."
Mary Crow, Fort Collins, CO, Poet Laureate of Colorado

"I have been to many good conferences, but what I liked about this one (Compleat Manuscript Conference) was the sustained attention of my (and others') work, to whole manuscripts."
Carol Gilbertson, Professor of English, Luther College, Decorah, IA

"It (Compleat Manuscript Conference) helped me see with an editor's eyes. I now can imagine the process even more thoughtfully. You did a great job organizing and helping me with my book."
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Dream Quest OneLast Call!
Dream Quest One Writing Competition
Postmark Deadline: December 31
This writing contest is open to everyone! Whether experienced or not, anyone who loves to arrange words into beautiful art or write a story that's worth telling. We're accepting poems, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, and short stories, 5 pages maximum on any theme (single or double line spacing). Multiple entries welcome. Read an interview with Andre West, founder of Dream Quest One.

Prizes
Short Story First Prize: $500, 2nd: $250, 3rd: $100
Poetry First Prize: $250, 2nd: $125, 3rd: $50

Entry fees
$10 per story
$5 per poem

How to Enter
Send your work with a cover page that lists the title(s) of your poem(s)/story(ies), name, address, phone number, and email address, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for entry confirmation. Make your entry fee payable to "Dreamquestone.com" and mail to Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest, P.O. Box 3141, Chicago, IL 60654. Visit www.dreamquestone.com for details and to enter. Read the winning entries from the Summer 2007 contest.



Last Call! The Litchfield Review
The Litchfield Review Writing Contest
Postmark Deadline: December 31
We seek poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction for our semi-annual magazine competition. Prose entries should be 3,000 words or less. Poetry entries may be of any length.

To be considered for both publication and a cash prize, please enclose $10 with each essay, short story, or set of 1-3 poems. Enclose $15 and you may submit an unlimited number of entries. Mail your manuscripts to:

     The Litchfield Review
     7 Bonna Street
     Beacon Falls, CT 06403

For more information and news about our ongoing writing contests, please check our website, www.thelitchfieldreview.com, or contact Theresa C. Vara at tvdannen@sbcglobal.net.



WORK.HOME.YOU
WHY Magazine's Writing Contest—Last Call for Essays and Short Fiction!
Postmark Deadline: December 31
WHY magazine (www.workhomeyou.com) announces its first writing contest. Every work-at-homer has a good story to tell. Maybe the fridge calls your name every time you pass it, or your office-worker friends prank phone call you incessantly or you drool over the mailman every time he drops your FedEx on the stoop. Or maybe you can think up a better premise.

We're looking for your best short fiction or creative non-fiction or essays (no poetry, please). Your story doesn't have to be based on personal experience (unless you want it to be), but should be relatable to work-at-homers everywhere. Entries must be less than 1,000 words.

Grand Prize: $500
Additional cash prizes will be awarded to second and third place winners, and there will be 5 honorable mentions.
Entry fee: $10

Two ways to submit:
  1. Via postal mail: Send your entry and fee (please make checks payable to eLuna Media LLC) to:
    WHY Writing Contest, P.O. Box 337, Massapequa Park, NY 11726

  2. Via the WHY contest website at www.workhomeyou.com/contest/; the $10 entry fee may be paid via PayPal.
Hurry! Contest ends December 31.



Grayson BooksClosing Next Month
Grayson Books Poetry Chapbook Competition
Postmark Deadline: January 16, 2008
Prize: $500, publication of chapbook and 50 copies
Reading fee: $15
Submit: 16-24 pages of poetry, two cover sheets (one with contact information and one anonymous). Include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) if you would like to receive the results.

Simultaneous submissions are permissible if we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Learn more on the web at www.graysonbooks.com.

This year's judge is Norah Pollard, former editor of Connecticut River Review and author of the poetry collections Leaning In and Report from the Banana Hospital. About her father, she writes, "Red Pollard was a complex man. He could be very melancholy, but he was also a witty, funny man. And he could be very rowdy. He may have had a wiry, slight build, but his person was larger than life. When he came home from long times away, our little lives were infused with his exuberance. The poem 'Red Rider, Red Rider' suggests my father’s spirit, the spirit I loved—indomitable, feisty, melancholy, human."

Mail your entry and fee to:
Grayson Books
P.O. Box 270549
West Hartford, CT 06127


Friends of AcadiaClosing Next Month
Friends of Acadia Nature Poetry Competition (no fee)
Postmark Deadline: January 30, 2008
Submissions are invited for the 2008 Friends of Acadia Poetry Prize. Established in 1998, this prize is presented biannually to promote and recognize distinctive nature poetry. The three top-ranked poems will be published in the Friends of Acadia Journal (print and online), and awarded cash prizes by category ($350, $250, $150).

Nature-based poems of 30 lines or fewer will be accepted. Include cover sheet stating author's name and address and poem title. Do not include author's name on manuscript(s). Authors may submit up to three poems for consideration. Entries must be original, unpublished, and not submitted elsewhere. There is no fee to enter. Entries will not be returned.

Please submit your entries to: Editor, Friends of Acadia Journal, P.O. Box 45, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, editor@friendsofacadia.org.

Please enjoy "Apis mellifera", a prizewinner in the previous Friends of Acadia competition:
Apis mellifera
by Polly Brody

This chilled November morning,
the sun's light, wan and frosted,
finds her head-down
burrowing, legs in slow motion
pumping her tighter
against the lemon heart
of my Chrysanthemum.
Does she hope there to escape
stasis, awaiting her
with boreal patience?
Transparent wings
glued now to her fuzzed back,
will lift her no more into air
gelid with winter's breath.
Yet she has found
a golden resting-place.
May my last bed
be as bright.



Kore PressKore Press Open Submissions Period
Submissions accepted during January 2008
Kore Press, a publisher of literature by women writers, accepts open submissions each January. We seek book-length manuscripts in poetry, memoir, fiction and creative nonfiction, written by women, that reflect the highest standards of literary quality. We are open to work that is genre-bending and/or experimental. Every manuscript will receive a personalized letter from our Publisher or our Executive Director offering a short critique. For details on how to submit your work, visit our website at www.korepress.org.

Kore Press has been publishing women’s literary art as an imperative since 1993. As a community of literary activists devoted to bringing forth a diversity of voices through works that meet the highest artistic standards, we publish women’s writing that deepens awareness and advances progressive social change. Kore (kor-ay) is Greek for "daughter" and another name for Persephone—the goddess taken into the underworld whose re-emergence above ground caused the changing of seasons. We hope the writings we bring to light elicit change, both for writer, reader, and the bigger, collective public mind. By providing this forum for established and emerging voices, as well as writers fundamental to history, we are seeking to keep alive change-making expressions of literary passion, experiment, and collaboration.



Oregon QuarterlyClosing Next Month
8TH ANNUAL Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest (no fee)
Postmark Deadline: January 31, 2008
Oregon Quarterly invites entries to the 2008 Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest in both student and open categories. Entries should address ideas that affect the Northwest. The Oregon Quarterly staff will select finalists and the contest judge will choose the top three winners in each category. Past judges have been Kim Stafford, Barry Lopez, John Daniel, Karen Karbo, Brian Doyle, Lauren Kessler, and Craig Lesley.
  • Prizes in the Open Category: $750, $300, $100
  • Prizes in the Student Category: $500, $200, $75
  • First place essays will appear in Oregon Quarterly.
  • A selection of top essays will be featured in a springtime public reading on the UO campus.
  • Fifteen finalists (ten in the open category and five students) will be announced in the Summer 2008 issue of Oregon Quarterly.
  • All finalists will be invited to participate in a writing workshop with the contest judge.
Entries should be nonfiction, should not have been previously published, and should be no more than 2,000 words in the student category and 2,500 words in the open category. The student contest is open to any student currently enrolled and pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree at a college or university. One entry per person. Find the submission address and complete guidelines at www.oregonquarterly.com. No entry fee required.



William SaroyanClosing Next Month
2008 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing
Postmark Deadline: January 31, 2008
Nominations are now being accepted for the third William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. This award, given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, recognizes newly published works of fiction and non-fiction with a $12,500 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation. While normally biennial, this third round of the award is on a triennial schedule, having been timed to coincide with the Saroyan Centennial celebrations taking place in 2008. For entry forms and more information on the prize, visit the Saroyan Prize website: http://library.stanford.edu/saroyan/

From the synopsis of the 2005 Fiction Winner, The Laments by George Hagen...
Howard and Julia Lament are reveling in the birth of their first child, a son. Undecided on the perfect name for Baby Lament (A child’s name is his portal to the world, thinks Julia), Dr. Underberg asks them a most unorthodox question: would they consider letting their child nurse as a surrogate for a mother whose baby was born prematurely? After a brief deliberation, they agree, and this single decision shapes the rest of their lives.

The surrogate mother subsequently kidnaps the Laments' newborn and both are killed in a fatal car accident. Julia and Howard reel from their loss, but Dr. Underberg suggests they adopt the premature child as their own. As far as most were concerned, the matter ended there, but Julia struggles for years with the hidden story of her son's true identity.

Howard is an engineer who dreams of irrigating the Sahara and is determined that he and Julia will see the world like other Laments. Julia is a fiery spirit who must balance her husband’s oddly peripatetic nature with unexpected aspirations of her own. The baby named Will is a waif with a paper-thin heart. As Will makes his way from infancy to manhood in an affably dysfunctional family that careens from continent to continent, one wonders where the Laments will ever belong...

“A thrill ride: bleak, deep and hilarious...a family story on speed, with a jolt of black comedy that makes it a close relative to that greatest of all American family stories, The Simpsons.”
—The New York Times Book Review



Salem College Center for Women Writers Salem College Center for Women Writers 2008 National Literary Awards
Increased Prizes in Short Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction!
Postmark deadline: February 1, 2008
The Salem College Center for Women Writers announces its 2008 National Literary Awards in short fiction (5,000 words maximum), creative nonfiction (5,000 words maximum) and poetry (100 lines maximum; up to 2 poems per submission, any style.) The winner in each genre receives $1,200. The two honorable mentions in each genre receive $150. Applicants must live in the United States and write in English.

Please include the following per entry:
  • Three typed copies of unpublished manuscript (prose double-spaced, author's name must not appear on manuscript)
  • SASE for notification of winners
  • One cover sheet with name, address, telephone, email, genre, word count/line count and title of work(s)
  • $15 reading fee, per submission, made payable to Salem College CWW National Literary Awards
Please mail your submission to Center for Women Writers, P.O. Box 10548, Winston-Salem, NC 27108. For complete guidelines, visit http://www.salem.edu/go/cww/ or email cww@salem.edu.



Black ZinniasThe Robert Greer Cohn Prose Poetry Award
Postmark Deadline: February 15, 2008
California Institute of Arts and Letters is pleased to announce the Robert Greer Cohn Prose Poetry Award in honor of Professor Robert G. Cohn's lifetime of work dedicated to literature and poetry. Professor Cohn worked primarily in the field of French Literature, writing over 16 books, numerous articles, and essays focusing on the life and work of Mallarmé, a major book on Rimbaud, and several books of cultural criticism. While a student at Yale University, just after World War II, Professor Cohn founded the highly regarded literary journal Yale French Studies. See his blog.

The winning poet will receive $300, plus the editors at California Institute of Arts and Letters will then work with the poet to select up to ten additional unpublished poems (prose poems or verse poems) from the winning poet's body of work for publication in a limited edition chapbook. The winning poem will also be featured in a future edition of the journal Black Zinnias.

Submit two copies of the poem on separate pages. One copy must include your contact information (name, mailing address, phone number, email address) with your poem, the other copy should have only your poem. Appropriate length of poems: 500 words or less, or one page of approximately 50 lines single-spaced or less. All poets are welcome to submit whether previously published or not. The poem submitted must not have been previously published. Please enclose a SASE for contest results and a SAS postcard for notification of receipt of poem. The results will be announced by March 31, 2008.

Enclose a reading fee of $10 per poem, payable by check to California Institute of Arts and Letters, and mail with your submissions to:
California Institute of Arts and Letters
Robert G. Cohn Prose Poetry Award
3057 Sacramento Street, No. 18
San Francisco, CA 94115
For more information, please visit our website at www.calartsandletters.org.



Robert Frost Poetry Festival 14th Annual Key West Robert Frost Poetry Festival and Contests
Contest Postmark Deadline: March 24, 2008
The 2008 Key West Robert Frost Poetry Festival & Contests will be held during April 9-13, 2008. The festival, set in the Heritage House Garden, Robert Frost Cottage, and other select venues in Key West, again will feature poetry and haiku workshops, poetry and haiku readings, impromptu jazz and open mike, an art & film event, poetry on the water, a poetry slam, a visual poetry exhibit, and local and international poetry and haiku contests. The festival concludes on Sunday afternoon with readings and contest award ceremonies.

Featured are Dr. Michael Wyndham Thomas, England, Playwright, Author and Poet, Rosalind Brackenbury, Key West, Author and Poet, Dr. Lee Gurga, Editor of Modern Haiku Press, Dr. Charles Trumbull, Editor of Modern Haiku, Cricket Desmarais, Key West, Author, Dancer, and Poet, Catherine Doty, New York, Author and Poet, Barry George, Philadelphia, Haijin and Poet, Richard Grusin, Key West, Actor and Poet, Bob Muens, Key West, Bookbinder.

I. KWRFPF Poetry Contest: 1st Place $150, 2nd Place $75, 3rd Place $50, and Honorable Mentions. Entry fees are $10 for each poem. Unpublished, open to style and theme, 30 lines maximum, typed copy. Two copies of each poem, with your name, address, phone and/or email on one copy only.

II. KWRFPF Haiku Contest: 1st Place $100, 2nd Place $50, 3rd Place $25, and Honorable Mentions. Entry fees are $10 for each three haiku; 3-line format of up to 17 or fewer syllables. All haiku must contain a seasonal or nature image. Two copies of each entry typed or neatly written, with your name, address, phone and/or email on one copy only.

Make checks payable to KWRFPF. Mail entries to KWRFPF Poetry & Haiku Contests, Heritage House, 410 Caroline Street, Key West, FL 33040. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) if you would like to receive an announcement of the results. Chapbooks of winning poems and haiku from 1999-2005 and from 2006-2007 are available for $5.00 each, including S&H.

Poem and haiku copyright is retained by the authors. Heritage House retains one-time rights to publish winning contest entries in KWRFPF announcements or in a chapbook of winning poems. Since rights revert to the authors, a poem may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement is made to the KWRFPF. For further information, please visit robertfrostpoetryfestival.org or write to the Heritage House.



Skysaje Enterprises
Announcing the Fourth Annual Skysaje Enterprises Poetry Contest
Entries must be received by April 30, 2008
This year we've increased the top prize to $250 and we're offering two $25 Honorable Mentions. Please format your submissions using 12-point type. We prefer the Times New Roman, Courier and Arial typefaces. Entry fee: $15. Submit up to 5 poems per entry. All styles accepted! Both published and unpublished work welcome, and your poems may be of any length. Enter as often as you like.

Make your entry fee payable to L. Berger and mail to:
Skysaje Enterprises
50 Amesbury Road
Rochester, NY 14623-5314

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SELECTED FREE PROSE CONTESTS

These free prose contests with deadlines between December 16 and January 31 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.

12/20: McKitterick Prize +++
Entries must be received by this date
Highly recommended free contest offers 4,000 pounds for a first novel by an author over age 40 as of December 31. The work must either have been first published in the UK in the year in which the deadline falls (and not first published abroad), or be unpublished. Send 4 copies of the published book, or one copy of the first 30 pages of the manuscript.

12/20: Somerset Maugham Awards +++
Entries must be received by this date
Highly recommended free contest for published books of poetry and prose offers stipend of up to 6,000 pounds for foreign travel. Entrants must be UK residents and British subjects by birth, and under age 35 as of December 31. The work submitted may be poetry, fiction, criticism, biography, history, philosophy, belles-lettres or a travel book. Dramatic works are not eligible. Entries in all genres compete for one prize.

12/21: Willesden Herald International Short Story Prize ++
Entries must be received by this date
Recommended free contest offers 5,000 pounds for unpublished short fiction, any length, by authors aged 18+. Runners-up published in annual New Short Stories anthology. Sponsored by the Willesden Herald and Pretend Genius Press, a quirky British publisher.

12/31: Bathsheba Monk Short Story Contest +
Neutral free contest for short stories, any length, offers $500 and online publication for winner and runners-up. Contest is sponsored by fiction writer Bathsheba Monk, author of Now You See It...: Stories from Cokesville, PA, a story collection covering 40 years in the lives of two young girls who vow to escape their dying rust belt town and reinvent themselves.

12/31: Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards ++
Recommended free contest offers two prizes of $500 for books of fiction and nonfiction (creative or scholarly) written by an African-American and published in the US during the current year. The awards honor books that depict the "cultural, historical, or sociopolitical aspects of the African Diaspora." Must be nominated by publisher.

12/31: Desert Writers Award +
Neutral free contest offers annual fellowship of $2,000 for writers of literary or creative nonfiction to spend time writing in and about the desert landscape. Send 10-page writing sample, project description and biographical statement. Enter by email only. Finalists may be interviewed.

12/31: L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest +++
Highly recommended free contest for emerging writers of short science fiction, fantasy and horror offers quarterly prizes of $1,000 plus an annual $5,000 grand prize for one of the four winners. Send only one story per quarter, maximum 17,000 words. See website for eligibility rules. Entrants may not have professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium.

12/31: Lantern Books Essay Contest +
Entries must be received by this date
Neutral free contest offers $1,000 top prize for essays on selected themes, maximum 1,500 words. Lantern Books is an independent publisher focusing on environmentalism, animal rights, spirituality and nonviolence. Entrants should familiarize themselves with Lantern's core subject areas and viewpoint by exploring their website. Online entry required. No simultaneous submissions.

12/31: Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction ++
Recommended free contest offers $2,500 for the best novel about the Civil War published during the current calendar year. Publishers, critics or authors should send 10 copies of the book to the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.

12/31: Premio Aztlan Literary Prize +
Neutral free contest offers $1,000 for published books of fiction by Chicano/Chicana authors who have published no more than two books. Books must have been published in the calendar year in which the deadline falls. Winner must agree to attend the award ceremony and deliver a lecture at the University of New Mexico in April (the prize includes travel and lodging expenses). Send 5 copies of book plus supporting materials.

12/31: Thoroughbred Times Fiction Contest ++
Recommended free contest offers prizes of $800, $400, $250, plus publication, for fiction up to 5,000 words about some facet of the Thoroughbred horse industry. Mail or email entries accepted. Offered biennially (odd-numbered years only).

1/1: Freedom in Fiction Prize ++
Recommended contest offers $10,000 for an excerpt from an unpublished novel that promotes appreciation of small government, free markets and individual liberties. Sponsored by The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a libertarian think tank. Entrants should send the first chapter, another sample chapter, and a synopsis. There will be a further opportunity to win $100,000 if the novel is accepted by a publisher. Read entry form carefully for their ideological and stylistic requirements.

1/2: Seventeen Magazine Fiction Contest ++
Formerly December 31
Recommended free contest for short fiction by US teens (ages 13-21) offers top prize of $2,500 and publication in Seventeen Magazine. For the 2008 contest, the assignment is to complete a story begun on the website by Meg Cabot, best-selling author of The Princess Diaries. Entries must be postmarked by January 2 and must be received by January 7.

1/10: Tell Tale Press Writing Contest +
Neutral free contest for short fiction offers 3 prizes of $200 savings bond, other gifts. Complete one of the 24 story openings on the website, or write a story involving any of the Tell Tale Press characters or places. Maximum 2,000 words, or 10,000 characters if submitted online.

1/14: Cintas Foundation Fiction Fellowship ++
Recommended free contest offers a $15,000 fellowship to fiction writers, living outside Cuba, of Cuban citizenship or direct lineage (having a Cuban parent or grandparent). Submit a 25-page sample of an original fiction manuscript, plus project description and two letters of recommendation.

1/15: Donald Murray Prize ++
Recommended free contest from the National Council of Teachers of English offers $500 for the best essay about teaching and/or writing that was published in the previous calendar year. Anyone may nominate an essay of any length. Send 2 copies with information on the source and date of publication. Email John Boe for complete rules.

1/15: South Carolina Fiction Project ++
Recommended free contest for South Carolina residents offers 12 prizes of $500 and publication for the best unpublished story up to 2,500 words. Winners will be published on the websites of the SC Arts Commission and The Post and Courier, a Charleston newspaper. Entrants must be 18 or older.

1/31: American Kennel Club Fiction Writing Contest ++
Recommended free contest offers top prize of $750 for short stories up to 2,000 words that feature dogs of an AKC-registrable breed or a breed listed in the Miscellaneous class. No simultaneous submissions. The AKC is a well-known organization that sets the criteria for purebred show dogs, as well as advocating for animal welfare and providing information for dog owners and breeders.

1/31: Betty Trask Prize +++
Entries must be received by this date
Highly recommended free contest offers awards totaling 25,000 pounds for a published first novel of "a romantic or traditional nature", i.e. not experimental. Author must be a Commonwealth citizen. If published, the work must have been published in the UK in 2007 or be due for publication in 2008. Entrants must be under 35 as of December 31, 2007. Winner must agree to use the prize money for foreign travel.

1/31: Caine Prize for African Writing +++
Entries must be received by this date
Highly recommended free contest offers 10,000 pounds for published short stories by African writers, defined as someone who was born in Africa, or who is a national of an African country, or whose parents are African, and whose work has reflected African sensibilities. Up to 5 shortlisted authors receive a travel stipend. For the 2008 contest, entries must have been published between February 1, 2005 and January 31, 2008. Must be submitted by publisher. Send 6 copies of published story. (They prefer 6 originals but will accept 1 original and 5 photocopies.)

1/31: Danuta Gleed Literary Award +++
Entries must be received by this date
Highly recommended free contest offers C$10,000 for the best first collection of short fiction published by a Canadian author in the preceding calendar year. Send 4 copies to the Writers' Union of Canada.

1/31: Harper Academic Research Competition ++
Entries must be received by this date
Recommended free contest offers prizes up to $1,000 for essays (3,500 words maximum) by graduate school and law school students aged 39 and under, on the question "What factors lead to prosperity, progress, and human flourishing?" Sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies, a libertarian think tank affiliated with George Mason University in Arlington, VA. Enter online only.

1/31: IHS Essay Contest for Undergraduate Students ++
Entries must be received by this date
Recommended free contest offers prizes up to $1,000 for essays (600-2,500 words) by college students aged 26 and under, on the question "What factors lead to prosperity, progress, and human flourishing?" Sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies, a libertarian think tank affiliated with George Mason University in Arlington, VA. Enter online only.

1/31: Jerry Jazz Musician Fiction Contest +
Entries must be received by this date
Thrice-yearly free neutral contest offers $100 and web publication for short fiction. The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theatre, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-20th century America. Entries should appeal to a reader with these characteristics. Submit stories of 1,000-5,000 words by email to jm@jerryjazz.com as an MS Word or Adobe Acrobat attachment. Please be sure to include your name, address and phone number with your submission. Please include "Short Fiction Contest Submission" in the subject heading of the email.

1/31: Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest ++
Recommended free contest seeks essays that "address ideas that affect the Northwest" region of the US. Top prize of $750 in the open category, $500 in the student category (college or graduate school), plus smaller prizes and publication in Oregon Quarterly, the University of Oregon magazine. Maximum 2,500 words for the open category, 2,000 words for the student category. One essay per person.

1/31: Virginia Commonwealth University First Novelist Award ++
Recommended free contest offers $1,000 for a first novel published during the previous calendar year. Author, agent and editor also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Richmond, VA to participate in the Virginia Commonwealth University First Novelist Forum. Send 3 copies of published book.

1/31: Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant ++
Recommended free contest offers a $1,000 grant to an Ohio writer aged 30 and under with no published books. Submit 1-6 prose pieces (fiction or creative nonfiction), each of which should be 10-60 double-spaced pages in 12-point font. Applicants must have been born in Ohio or lived there for at least 5 years. See website for details and entry form.


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CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

Alligator Juniper
Postmark Deadline: January 1
Alligator Juniper, the award-winning literary journal published by Prescott College, seeks unpublished pieces (500-3,000 words) for their "Genre Blur" issue. Editors say: "Introduced by Margot Singer’s essay 'On Genre and Voice in Creative Nonfiction', which claims 'there is no such thing as non-hybrid form' and 'that voice is the only formal distinction between fiction and nonfiction', this special feature in AJ will explore work that challenges easy categorization and expands or destroys our notion of 'genre'. We're looking for submissions that revel in their inherent hybrid nature, that combine and confuse genre, that experiment with voice and form. We're looking for writing that fills in the cracks: lyric essay, prose poem, flash fiction, fictional essay, epistolary half-truth, mythic memoir...whatever you can think of that pushes us to consider—and re-consider—how to categorize the work." Include a cover letter with a paragraph containing your explanation of how your piece blurs genre.

Apple Valley Review
Entries must be received by February 15
Semiannual online journal seeks poetry, fiction and essays. Enter by email only. Recent contributors include Sean Lovelace, M. Thomas Gammarino, Anna Evans, and Simon Perchik. Editors say: "We prefer work that has both mainstream and literary appeal. All work must be original, previously unpublished, and in English. Please do not submit genre fiction, explicit work, or anything particularly violent or depressing. Also, please note that we do not accept simultaneous submissions. All published work is considered for our annual editor's prize."

Poemeleon
Entries must be received by February 28
Online journal Poemeleon seeks submissions of poetry, book reviews, interviews and critical essays for their issue on the "persona poem". Send 1-5 poems or one prose piece by email only. Poemeleon's December 2007 issue on the prose-poem has just been released, featuring work by Jimmy Santiago Baca, Christina Lovin, Jendi Reiter, Cecilia Woloch, and many others.


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NEW LITERARY RESOURCES

Double Room
This biannual online literary publication explores the intersection of prose poetry and flash fiction. The site features poems by contemporary writers such as Peter Jay Shippy, Lesle Lewis, Tina Celona, Eleni Sikelianos, Cecilia Woloch, and Arielle Greenberg, as well as e-chapbooks, book reviews, and scholarly essays on poetics.

The Great First Impression Book Proposal
Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of five how-to books for writers, including The Frugal Book Promoter, has condensed her expertise into a brief manual, The Great First Impression Book Proposal: Everything You Need to Know About Selling Your Book in 20 Minutes, which is available as an e-book on Amazon Shorts for just 49 cents. Check out other useful resources on her website at http://www.howtodoitfrugally.com.

The Smart Set
Online magazine of culture and ideas includes personal essays, offbeat travel and human-interest features, and reviews of literature and the arts. Published by Drexel University.


See our complete directory of resources 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 BOOK

Degrees of Latitude
By Laurel Blossom. A woman's life unfolds in this finely crafted book-length poem, composed of found texts, fragments of conversation, and images recollected with the context-free vividness of a dream. Blossom takes on weighty subjects like divorce and alcoholism at a slant, breaking them apart into sentences separated by daring associative leaps, like the scattered impressions that a child might gather but be unable to process.


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MORE SPONSORS' MESSAGES

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest
Postmark Deadline: March 31, 2008
Now in its 16th year. Prizes of $2,000, $1,000, $500 and $250 will be awarded, plus five High Distinction awards of $200 each and five Most Highly Commended Awards of $100 each. 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 online publication rights. $12 entry fee. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. Winning Writers is assisting with entry handling for this contest. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. See the complete guidelines and past winners.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest - No Fee
Online Submission Deadline: April 1, 2008
Winning Writers invites you to enter the seventh annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, called "infamous" by Writer's Digest. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $3,336.40 will be awarded, including a top prize of $1,359. There is no fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter. See the complete guidelines and past winners.


War Poetry Contest
Postmark Deadline: May 31, 2008
We seek 1-3 original, unpublished poems on the theme of war for our seventh annual contest, up to 500 lines in total. We will again award $5,000, including a top prize of $2,000. Submit online or by mail. The entry fee is $15. Judge: Jendi Reiter. See the complete guidelines and past winners.


Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse
Postmark Deadline: June 30, 2008
Now in its fifth year, this contest seeks poetry in traditional verse forms such as sonnets and free verse. Both published and unpublished poems are welcome. Fourteen cash prizes totaling $5,250 will be awarded, including a top prize of $2,000. The entry fee is $6 for every 25 lines you submit. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. This contest is sponsored by Tom Howard Books and assisted by Winning Writers. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. See the complete guidelines and past winners.


Now Open
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest - $5,250 in Prizes
Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2008
Now in its sixth year, this contest seeks poems in any style, theme or genre. Both published and unpublished poems are welcome. Fourteen cash prizes totaling $5,250 will be awarded, including a top prize of $2,000. The entry fee is $6 for every 25 lines you submit. Submit online or by mail. Early submission encouraged. This contest is sponsored by Tom Howard Books and assisted by Winning Writers. Judges: John H. Reid and Dee C. Konrad. See the complete guidelines and past winners. Winners from the 2007 contest will be announced this coming February 15.


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Jendi Reiter JENDI'S CRITIQUE CORNER

This month, Critique Corner is pleased to present "Anne Boleyn" by Babs Halton.

If you would like a chance to be critiqued, please email your poem to me at critique@winningwriters.com. Send the poem in the body of your email message (no attachments) and put "poetry critique" in the subject line. One submission per poet per month. Thanks!


Anne Boleyn
by Babs Halton

Alone
Standing at the palace window, scowling
Henry waits for news
Hidden from the sight of all
Who'd sneer and cheer the whore's death
The witch must die!

What courage, dignity she doth show
Her last walk slow across the green
Fat bumble bees drone, ravens caw, and peck the grass
A dragonfly flutters still-moist wings in warm air
Spectators talk in whispers, wait
Assembled 'round the scaffold
Its macabre trappings; the block

What say you, now, Anne?
Lost your tongue?
Ah! Mind not—soon 'twill be your head
Masked executioner from France
By God!
Sword not axe
Henry harkened her plea
Mercy prevailed

Muffled drumbeats match her footsteps
Close to scaffold she pauses,
Head held high, dark eyes fearful
With trembling hands
She clutches rosary close to breast

He waits for news
Oh! Anne, my Queen, he sighs
I loved you so
With discontent you plagued
Belaboured me
Your King
He conjured up an image of her face
No beauty this
Bold, small eyes, a mouth too wide
Parchment pale skin
No lowered eyes or gentle ways
A sly, sloe-eyed, mocking smile
So insolent—So arrogant


Mounts steps to platform, resolute and proud
Refuses kerchief binding for her eyes
Her long gown scatters straw
Across the wooden boards
Kneels close to block
In prayer

His face grows red
She shamed him much at Court
Sour bile of rage within him burns
As thoughts of whisperings 'bout wanton ways
Assail his seething mind

Blinded to the gardens, hedges, lawns
His blue eyes streak, like arrow leaving bow
Search beyond the line of mighty oaks
To Tower Bridge
And on to where the dingy, gloomy, old stone walls
Of London Tower wait
Suddenly, is heard the sonorous toll of bell;
St Peter ad Vincula

She hears soft footfalls from behind
The executioner draws close
Affright, she maunders
My neck is small; one rapid stroke will serve
To please My Lord, the King
He nods impatiently, and raises sword
That glints
In noonday sun
The great bell's tolling cease

Unable to contain his rage
His eyes alight with fire
Hal roars,
Madam,
You dared to cuckold me! Your King

As if in answer sound of cannon, loud and clear
Angrily roars back


Copyright 2007 by Babs Halton


Critique by Jendi Reiter

In this month's critique poem, "Anne Boleyn", Babs Halton sets herself the task of restoring dramatic tension to a story whose outcome and characters are well-known. She achieves this by zeroing in on the personal emotions and sensations of the characters in the present moment, allowing the reader's imagination to fill in the familiar historical context.

Most of us who know British history carry in our minds the famous Holbein portraits of Henry VIII: a ruthless, sensual figure whose distance from us is reinforced not only by his sumptuous old-fashioned costume but by his aggressively regal demeanor. Such a defense against intimacy invites breaching by the creative storyteller. Halton gives us a plausible glimpse into the secret thoughts of a man who can command life and death, but not his own heart. He is human after all, as we hoped.

The poem's first line, "Alone", sums up what Halton is telling us about Henry's essential dilemma. Love (albeit a selfish, infatuated version of it) made him more vulnerable than it was safe for a king to be, or so he thought. Suspicion, pride, and violence present themselves as the path of true strength, yet in the end the cannon signaling Anne's death gets the last word, an unwelcome reminder that there are some powers even the king cannot intimidate.

Halton builds tension by having the action occur in slow-motion, focusing with painful clarity on each physical step of Anne's progress toward the block...

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/2007/urc_0712halton.php

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