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Fall Supplement

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Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest
Postmark Deadline: September 30
Open to poems in any style, theme or genre. $2,000 in prizes will be awarded, including a top prize of $1,000. The winning entries will be published. The entry fee is $5 for every 25 lines. Submit online or by mail. 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 Unpublished work is also welcome.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. Guidelines:

Congratulations to Poetry Contest Insider subscriber Dr. M. Lee Alexander, who just won third prize in the Dancing Poetry Contest, an Honorable Mention in The Poetry Society of Virginia contests and a Commended in the Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse. Dr. Alexander writes, "Thanks for the helpful service you provide to poets at all stages, I'm now starting to prepare a chapbook!"

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Award-Winning Poems

By Joan Houlihan
Winner of the 2005 Green Rose Prize in Poetry
Postmark Deadline: September 30
The Green Rose Prize is a prestigious manuscript contest from New Issues for a second book of poetry. Houlihan's characteristically compressed syntax creates poems that strain beneath the weight of unbearable truths, mortality chief among them. Her prizewinning book Cincture will be published in 2006. Her first collection of poetry and criticism, Hand-Held Executions, is available now.

A Microcosmic Society Which Sets an Example to the Rest of America as to How One Should Behave in Large Gatherings
By Tessa Rumsey
Winner of the 2004 Barnard Women Poets Prize
Postmark Deadline: October 15
This is a high-profile contest for a second book by a woman. Rumsey's dazzling montage of images and aphorisms connect the ecstasy of the rock concert to the elusive nature of the self. Rumsey's unique punctuation of her prose-poems allows for multiple meanings depending on whether you read the lines as enjambed or end-stopped. Her prizewinning book The Return Message is published by W.W. Norton & Co.

By Jeff Hardin
Winner of the 2004 Frederick Morgan Poetry Prize
Postmark Deadline: October 31
This first-book contest, formerly known as the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, offers $1,000 and publication. The effortless flow of Hardin's sonnet mirrors the theme of the poem, the glimpse of self-transcendence experienced by singers in a chorus. "Hearing song, one wonders why we bother/ with the lie of self, its insistent claw/ for glory, ache for spark, which never calms". Hardin's prizewinning book Fall Sanctuary is available at Amazon.

By Mary Rose O'Reilley
Winner of the 2005 Walt Whitman Award
Postmark Deadline: November 15
This is a prestigious first-book prize sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. O'Reilley's daring poem looks to nature's self-renewing cycles to redeem the memory of human atrocities such as the Holocaust. "[W]hat is terrible, even, rises." Her prizewinning book Half Wild is forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press in 2006.

Sponsors' Messages

Robert Frost Foundation: Ninth Annual Award - Last Call!
Postmark Deadline: September 15
The Robert Frost Foundation welcomes poems in the spirit of Robert Frost for its Ninth Annual Award. The winning poem will receive $1,000 and an invitation to be presented at the Frost Festival in Lawrence, Mass. on October 22, 2005. This year's judges are Ted Deppe and Annie Deppe. Email submissions are also accepted at Reading fees are $10 per poem (via regular mail, please). Please submit two copies of each poem, one copy with contact information and one copy without any identifying information. All entries must be postmarked or emailed by September 15, 2005. Robert Frost Foundation, Attn: 2005 Annual Award, 439 South Union, Suite 205a, Lawrence, MA 01843.

The Litchfield Review Contest
Postmark Deadline: October 31
The Litchfield Review ( ) seeks original, unpublished poems, essays and short stories for its current contest. 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. 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. We are a new journal offering a forum to 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. See the complete contest guidelines:

Doris Bakwin Award for Gutsy & Talented Women Writers
Postmark Deadline: December 1
Carolina Wren Press seeks submissions of long fiction (novel or short story collection) or memoir. Prize: $2,000 plus publication. Final Judge: Quinn Dalton. Submit a manuscript of 150-400 pages with a $15 entry fee, payable to Carolina Wren Press. Seeking diverse voices. For full guidelines send SASE or visit Mail your entry to Carolina Wren Press, Attn: Doris Bakwin Award, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701.

Utmost Christian Poetry Contest - Open Now
Postmark Deadline: February 28, 2006
The Utmost Christian Poetry Contest seeks poems from Christian poets. Over US$3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded in our 6th annual contest, including a first prize of US$1,000. There are many special categories, including "Best Poem by an Unpublished Poet", which will be awarded US$200. Winning entries will be published at Entry fee is US$15 per poem (Can$15 for Canadians). Entries are now being accepted. Please use the official entry form available at our web site. This is the largest annual poetry prize in North America available exclusively to poets of Christian faith. Rules and entry form:

Writecorner Press sponsors the $1,100 E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction Contest (open October 1 through April 30 each year), a $500 Writer's Scholarship, and $100 Editors' Choice Awards. The 2005 E.M. Koeppel Winner is Megan Somogyi, San Francisco, for her darkly comic story Death and Popcorn. An excerpt:

Sometimes on those quiet mornings before people began filtering into the office, Percy imagined he could feel his individual cells dying, that if he listened hard enough he could hear his body decomposing. Some people, Percy knew, realized life was short and tried to take advantage of what time they had, bungee jumping and taking pottery classes, but Percy liked the contrariness of his choice....

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Contests Affiliated with Winning Writers

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Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest
Postmark Deadline: March 31, 2006
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. Early submission encouraged. Winning Writers is assisting with entry handling for this contest. Guidelines:

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Online Submission Deadline: April 1, 2006
Now in its 5th 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. Judge: Jendi Reiter. Guidelines:

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