Dancing Poetry Festival Contest
Deadline: April 15, 2018
Sponsored by Artists Embassy International - 25th Year
Three Grand Prize Winning Poems to be Danced and Filmed
- 3 Grand Prizes will receive $100 each plus their poems will be danced and filmed. Each Grand Prize winner will be invited onstage for photo ops with the dancers and a bow in the limelight.
- Six First Prizes will receive $50 each
- Twelve Second Prizes will receive $25 each
- Thirty Third Prizes will receive $10 each
- All winners will receive a prize certificate suitable for framing and be invited to read at our 2018 Festival at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco
The top three poems chosen as Grand Prizes will be choreographed, costumed, and recorded live in an on-stage performance at the Festival. See pictures from our 2017 Festival, and check the other tabs on our website to read winning poems and view photos of the winning poets.
Last year's Grand Prize winners included Constantina Clark, Shirley McPhillips, and Claudine Nash. For poetry, we look for something new and different including new twists to old themes, different looks at common situations, and innovative concepts for dynamic, thought-provoking entertainment.
The entry fee is $5 per poem or $10 for 3 poems, payable to Artists Embassy International. (Poets outside the USA, please send an international postal money order in US dollars or US currency.) Each poem may be up to 40 lines long. Send two copies of each poem. One copy should be anonymous (just title and poem), the other should have your name, address, phone, email address, and where you heard about this contest (e.g. Winning Writers Newsletter). There is no limit on the number of entries. Entries should be typed.
Your entry should be suitable for a general audience since our following is comprised of people of all ages and ethnicities. English translations must be included with non-English poems. Our judges consist of poets, dancers, musicians, and visual artists of various media, all members of Artists Embassy International. Judging is done with the anonymous copies of the poems. Artists Embassy International is a non-profit, volunteer, arts and education organization whose goal is to further intercultural understanding through the arts.
Three poets, the Grand Prize winners, will be rewarded with seeing their poems danced by Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company, a well-known dance troupe that has performed around the world and throughout America. This company is dedicated exclusively to creating new avenues by combining poetry, dance, and music together for presentation and the expansion of poetry with dance in the life of our culture.
To enter the contest, please visit our website at www.dancingpoetry.com or submit to AEI Contest Chair W, Judy Cheung, 704 Brigham Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Questions? Please email Ms. Cheung at email@example.com.
Please enjoy "The God Who Dances" by Constantina Clark, winner of a Grand Prize in 2017:
The God Who Dances
It is silent in the desert, here in Abu Dhabi.
The dark of night calls to me seductively
as I hold myself in its Presence, passionately
beholding the reverence of the Earth's beauty.
Time has stopped, but the stars are in motion,
moving to an unheard rhythm, vibrating, pulsating,
beating in the bosom of undiscovered galaxies,
known only to those who have ears to hear, and eyes
that desire to see the dance of hidden mysteries,
the dance to be found in the ancient darkness of a
tantalizing desert night, the gatekeeper of secrets.
The planets twinkle knowingly, high above the sand dunes.
In the stillness, they hear a symphony, ethereal,
mystical, other-worldly, uniting the entire universe
with all that is above, and all that is below, drawing us
up into the heavens, where all as One become stardust,
entering into the effervescent dance of thousands and
thousands of prayers that rise up, illuminating the night sky.
Slowly ascending, dancingly descending, sparkling stardust
floats earthward, ever so gently embracing the hot waves
of desert heat that envelop Arabian nights, in all their glory.
In luminescent harmony, plumes of stardust unite
heaven with earth, dancing upon innumerable grains
of burning sand, birthing desert energy, swirling,
twirling in ecstasy, like a company of whirling dervishes,
till the stardust midwifes a whirlwind of passionate union
between the Holy and the Beloved, embracing us all
as One. . . with the God who dances.