WORLD WIDE CALLS FOR ENTRIES; 15th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest; Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Romantic poet Novalis (1772–1801), portrait by Friedrich Eduard Eichens from 1845 / public domain

“Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.” Novalis



The 15th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially began in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month. This year there are five new contest categories:

  1. Who Is The Most Important Person In My Life?”
  2. “What Treasure Would I Like To Discover?”
  3. “What Don’t I Know About You That I Should?”
  4. “What Would I Do If I Ruled The World?”
  5. “Should We Be Thinking About Today Or Tomorrow?”

Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest. Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible. Last year the contest attracted 152 poets from 64 cities in twelve (12) states and six (6) countries—the US, Canada, England, India, Nigeria, and Singapore. Poets submitted 271 poems. Eighty-five (85) young poets submitted 131 poems.

  • Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category.

This year The Lincoln Library and Friends of the Lincoln Library (Placer County, Northern California) are aiming to reach an even greater audience of poets.  All poems must be received no later than Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the address on the Entry Form.

You should be able to print out the Contest Flyer and the Rules and Entry Form using the printer icon below. You are invited to enter the contest. There is no submission fee. Questions or problems printing out the form — contact Alan Lowe at slolowe@icloud.com  Please let Alan know you saw the announcement here or make a note of that on the entry form.

CLARIFICATION/May 2, 2019:

All winning poems are read at the special event in October. If a poet is unable to attend because of distance or a conflicting obligation, her/his poem will be read by a member of the Poets Club of Lincoln. I ask all winning poets to give me an interesting or funny fact, in 3-5 sentences, about them, as poets, or the winning poem or poems they wrote that I can use to personalize their introduction when they come up to read. So, even if they are unable to attend, the audience will learn something about the poet who wrote the poem(s) being read by somebody else.

“Yes, poets are allowed to submit previously published poems. They have to understand that should their poem win, it will be included in the chapbook of winning poetry they will receive, in person or by mail, and, therefore, they need to have the right to allow a previously published poem to be included. In the previous ten contests I have coordinated, we have not had a problem with this.” Alan Lowe


 POETS WANTED

ENTER NOW

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners selected in each contest category

➢ Five (5) categories include:

  1. Who Is The Most Important Person In My Life?
  2. What Treasure Would I Like To Discover?
  3. What Don’t I Know About You That I Should?
  4. What Would I Do If I Ruled The World?
  5. Should We Be Thinking About Today Or Tomorrow?

➢ Poets may submit a maximum of three (3) poems. Select three (3) of the contest categories and submit one poem from each.

➢ Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku, or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.

Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category.  

Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges in Lincoln, CA and can be downloaded from the following website: http://www.libraryatlincoln.org

Contest Deadline: Poems must be received no later than Saturday, July 20, 2019. Early submissions are appreciated.

Questions—contact Alan Lowe at slolowe@icloud.com

Presented by the Poets Club of Lincoln; Sponsored by the Lincoln Library and Friends of the Lincoln Library.



RULES AND ENTRY FORM

POETS WANTED! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be selected in each contest category. 2. The five (5) contest categories include the following:

  1. Who Is The Most Important Person In My Life? What Treasure
  2. Would I Like To Discover?
  3. What Don’t I Know About You That I Should?
  4. What Would I Do If I Ruled The World?
  5. Should We Be Thinking About Today Or Tomorrow?
  • Poets may submit a maximum of three (3) poems. Select three (3) of the contest categories and submit one poem from each. 4.
  • Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku, or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.
  • Poems should be written in English.
  • They should be typewritten and not centered (read left to right). Please use the Arial font 12-point. The title should be listed at the top of the poem and the category should be included at the top right corner of the poem page. The name of the poet should not be indicated on the poem.
  • Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category. Young poets should follow the same rules as noted above. However, they should include their age, grade, and school on the Entry Form.
  • All poems must be submitted on hard copy to the address listed on the Entry Form below and must be received no later than Saturday, July 20, 2019.
  • Early submissions are appreciated. A separate Entry Form should be attached to the hard copy of each poem submitted.

Duplication of the form is permitted. Below you’ll find both the Contest Flyer and the Rules and Entry Form, which you should be able to print out by using the printer icon below. You are invited to enter the contest. There is no submission fee. Questions or problems printing out the form — contact Alan Lowe at slolowe@icloud.com  

The top three winners in each category will be contacted by phone. Winners will be asked to submit their poems  electronically, by email attachment. Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at the Voices of Lincoln event to be held from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m., Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges (Willow Room), 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA. Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.

2019 VOICES OF LINCOLN POETRY CONTEST ENTRY FORM (One Per Poem – PLEASE PRINT)

Name: _____________________________________ Phone: __________________ Email: ______________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________ City: ___________________ State: _____ Zip: ______

Young Poets Only–Age: ______ Grade: ______ School: __________________________________________________________

Contest Categories (Check appropriate category of poem submitted): ___ Who Is The Most Important Person In My Life? ___ What Treasure Would I Like To Discover? ___ What Don’t I Know About You That I Should? ___ What Would I Do If I Ruled The World? ___ Should We Be Thinking About Today Or Tomorrow?

Title of Poem Submitted: ___________________________________________________________________________________

Please insure that poems comply with all contest rules. No names should appear on the poems submitted. Include the title at the top of the poem. Place the category at the top right corner of the poem page. Use a paper clip to attach a copy of this Entry Form (cut along dotted line) to each poem submitted. Mail the poem to Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest, c/o Alan Lowe, 1235 Picket Fence Lane, Lincoln, CA 95648. Poems must be received no later than Saturday, July 20, 2019. Early submissions are appreciated.

Presented by the Poets Club of Lincoln

Sponsored by the Lincoln Library and Friends of the Lincoln Library



Carve Magazine‘s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest HERE, judged this year by Claire Fuller, seeks short fiction from all over the world.

Deadline: May 15. Entry fee: $17.


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NO FEE WERGLE FLOMP HUMOR POETRY CONTEST, GENEROUS AWARDS

The Good Housewife*

at sunrise with its schmears of
cream cheese clouds against the
quince-colored morning light,
Mrs. Goldberg is out of bed ~
a military tactician in war-time,
no dust-bunny is safe, every
grease spot is enzyme-bombed,
the wash thrashed by machine,
then hung or folded, put in place,
her windows wiped, her floors scrubbed
and woe betide wee crawling creatures,
so intent is Mrs. G on genocide

© 2014, Jamie Dedes 

* My losing poem from last year.



ANNOUNCED TODAY: “Our 18th annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest welcomes your entry through April 1. There’s no fee to enter. Jendi Reiter will judge, assisted by Lauren Singer Ledoux. We’ll award $2,250 in prizes. The top winner will receive $1,000 plus a one-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $50 value). The 12 best poems will be published on our website.

“This contest welcomes published and unpublished work. Your poem may have up to 250 lines. One poem only, please. Submit online via Submittable.”


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Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. I currently run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers. My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation PressThe Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman. My poetry was recently read by Northern California actor Richard Lingua for Poetry Woodshed, Belfast Community Radio. I was featured in a lengthy interview on the Creative Nexus Radio Show where I was dubbed “Poetry Champion.”


The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration featuring Fr. Daniel Sormani, Rev. Benjamin Meyers, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi among others

“What if our religion was each other. If our practice was our life. If prayer, our words. What if the temple was the Earth. If forests were our church. If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean. What if meditation was our relationships. If the teacher was life. If wisdom was self-knowledge. If love was the center of our being.” Ganga White, teacher and exponent of Yoga and founder of White Lotus, a Yoga center and retreat house in Santa Barbara, CA

“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton

Whitney Greenaway: A Poet’s Take on Letting Go; Poetry/Writing Contests; Resource on poetry contests with June deadlines

“Come sleep with me: We won’t make Love, Love will make us.” Julio Cortázar



The Cortázar quote is apropos of nothing except that I like his work and thought of that line (so fabulous!) after hearing this last evening on a PBS Brief But Spectacular Take on letting go by the new-to-me poet, Whitney Greenway. Sometimes the mind takes a strange turn on things. I’m getting old.  Anyway … THIS is the only piece of information I found online about her.  I’ll let her piece speak for itself except to say that I like it but have to add that sometimes we women disappoint men as well. The transcript is HERE.


HEADS-UP:

  • This is last-minute but it might work for you if you’re interested and you have something ready to submit: Boston Review’s Annual Poetry Contest closes tonight.  You can submit online or via snail mail, which must be postmarked June 1.  $20 entry fee. $1,500 cash award and publication in Boston Review. Details HERE.
  • THE MASTERS REVIEW, A Platform for Emerging Writers offers a list of fourteen literary magazines and contests with June deadlines HERE.
  • And in from Poet, Editor and Founder of Diaphanous e-Journal, Krysia Jopek“A mix of news / update: instead of a full-length journal of Diaphanous as in 2017, we are shifting gears to “diaphanous micro”: an e-journal of literary and visual art. Each micro issue will feature the work of one artist, often in more than one genre. Stay tuned! diaphanous 2.1 should be launched within the next two weeks! Thank you for all of those involved. It’s been lovely to collaborate with some of the writers and visual artists to be featured. There will be an interview with the artist included in each issue after their poetry, micro/flash fiction, art; links to all their books and some commentary about the work included. The first artist/writer to be featured is J Karl Bogartte; second, Francine Witte.”  Diaphanous Press facebook page and website.
  • From Kallisto Gaia Press team member, writer/journalist Tony Burnett: “Let’s get busy writing. Two new Summer Writing Contests Antonio Ruiz-Camacho judges in Fiction. Carrie Fountain judges in Poetry. $1500.00 in prizes!”

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LATE BREAKING NEWS: Contests from PEN America and (3) University of Arkansas Press

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The PEN Center USA Literary Awards, Calls for Submissions:”… is accepting teleplays by writers living west of the Mississippi River. Entries are reviewed and judged by panels of distinguished writers, critics, and editors. Winners will be announced in the late summer of 2017. Each winner receives a $1,000 cash prize, a one-year membership to PEN Center USA, and two tickets to the Literary Awards Festival in the fall of 2017.” Further Details HERE.


The University of Arkansas Press has deadlines coming up on three contests:

  • $5,000 Miller Poetry Prize deadline is September 30, 2017.  The judge is Billy Collins and the entry fee is $28.  This is for collections. Further details HERE.
  • 2018 $1,000 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize for a second book of poetry in English by a writer of Arab heritage.  “Since its founding in 1996 the Radius of Arab American Writers has celebrated and fostered the writings and writers that make up the vibrant and diverse Arab American community; and the University of Arkansas Press has long been committed to publishing diverse kinds of poetry by a diversity of poets. The series editors are Hayan Charara and Fady Joudah, and the prize is named in honor of the world-renowned poet, novelist, essayist, and artist Etel Adnan.”  $25 entry fee. Hayan Charara and Fady Joudah are judges and the series’ editors. Further detail HERE. April 15, 2017 is the dealine to be considered for the 2018 prize.
  • 2018 $1,000 CantoMundo Poetry Prize for “a book of poetry by a Latina/o writer. Since its founding in 2009, CantoMundo has cultivated and supported a community of Latina/o poets and the poetry they create, and the University of Arkansas Press has long been committed to publishing diverse kinds of poetry by a diversity of poets.” Deborah Paredez and Celeste Gúzman Mendoza are the judges and the series’ editors. $28 entry free. Further detail HERE. April 15, 2017 is the deadline to be considered for the 2018 prize.