Menopause Press Winter of Poetry Competition
Open to free verse poetry of any subject.
Entry Period: December 1, 2010 through February 28, 2011
Length: 32 lines maximum (not including title)
Entry fees: $15 first poem, $12 second poem, $12 third poem. Limit three (3) entries per author.
All entries must be in English and original work written by the submitting author; free verse poetry only (no structured or strictly metered poetry; no minimalist forms; no haiku, senryu, or similar).
Prizes: First, Second, and Third Place entries receive cash prizes, plus publication on Menopause Press.
See Poetry Contest Details for payment and submission information and other sordid requirements.
Winning entries will be creative free verse that touches the soul, shows intense expression, and uses original imagery.
Poetry Contest Details
Deadline: We call it a deadline for a reason. Anything MP receives after the date/time listed in the Contest Announcement will be considered dead to us. (That means itâ€™s disqualified.) Entry fees will not be refunded under any circumstance.
Who may enter: Any writer over age 18. This isnâ€™t a contest for children. Because Menopause Press is a site designed for women readers and writers who have a lot of life experience, we want poetry written by adults with insight. Female authors are particularly encouraged. Yes, we welcome entries from men.
What to enter: Your best poetry of an appropriate length and style that will appeal to women. Remember, poetry should touch the soul, carry emotion, and convey the authorsâ€™ vision to the reader. Sorry, we can only accept entries written in English. See Contest Announcement for length and other specifications for the current contest.
Entry fees: First Entry: $15 (US). Second and third entries: $12 each (US). Limit three entries per author. (Please note: your entry fee is used to compensate winners and support MP administrative costs. This is NOT a reading fee.) Fees are non-refundable.
Paying the fee(s): Pay before you submit your writing! MP cannot stress this enough. We accept entry fees by PayPal only via MPâ€™s shopping cart. No checks or alternative methods are accepted at this timeâ€”so donâ€™t ask! Be sure to note your PayPal confirmation information and PayPal account email address in your entry submission. Failure to do so could result in disqualification if we canâ€™t match your entry to your payment.
Submitting your entry: All entries must be submitted via the official Entry Form (Click here or look for the link with the Contest Announcement). Sorry, we cannot accept snail-mail submissions.
Copy/paste your poems into the boxes provided in the form. Place the TITLE in all capitals and the lined count (like this: LC 00) at the top of each poem. At the end of each poem, please insert the word END in capital letters so we are certain we have received the full text. In the event we do not see the word END, we may or may not contact you to request verification that the final line is the end of the poem .
All poems should be formatted single-spaced with an extra line return between paragraphsâ€”so your poem will be formatted similar to this text.
Verify all your information and that you have included all your entries (with Title/LC at top and END shown at the bottom). Submitting multiple entries at different times when youâ€™ve paid the fees all at once makes it more difficult to pair your payment and your entries and could lead to stories being disqualified.
Important stuff: Limit three entries per author. All entries must be paid at one time to receive multiple entry discount. Paying individually will result in each costing the First Entry fee. Any entries by a single author beyond the third will be immediately disqualified.
Judging & Winners: Judging is by a select panel of humans with taste, experience (writing, editing, and otherwise), and love of poetry. Impress them and you will be rewarded. Winners will be notified approximately 45 days after close of contest. At that time, MP will request details to complete the prize award process. All cash prizes are awarded in US dollars via PayPal. Winners will be required to have a PayPal account (itâ€™s free and easy to create one at PayPal.com). MP is not responsible for exchange rates, fees, local taxes, or similar considerations incurred after prize distribution.
First Place receives $75* US; publication of the winning story on Menopause Press along with authorâ€™s name and location.
Second Place receives $50* US; publication of the winning story on Menopause Press along with authorâ€™s name and location.
Third Place receives $25* US; publication of the winning story on Menopause Press along with authorâ€™s name and location.
Five Honorable Mention entries may be listed on Menopause Press by title, authorâ€™s name, and location. Honorable mention entries may be considered for publication on the site at a later date.
* IMPORTANT: Since contest prizes are based on number of entries, Menopause Press reserves the right to increase or decrease monetary prizes based on participation. Also, in the event more than 100 entries are received, First, Second, and Third Place winners may also receive bonus books on writing or a reasonable alternative for non-US winners.
Legal Junk: All entries should be unpublished either by traditional press or online. For instance, if you post your poetry in your blog, donâ€™t submit it here. If your poem has won a contest elsewhere and been published, donâ€™t submit it here. (Non-published placers and honorable mentions are okay.) Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please notify us by email if the poem is accepted elsewhere so we can remove it from consideration.
Menopause Press reserves one-time digital publication of all winning poems for a minimum of one year. During and after that time, poems will also be available in our archives at the siteâ€™s discretion. MP will consider removing poems from the archive if the author submits a special written request. Please note that such requests will not be considered prior to one year from MP publication date. Authors retain copyrights and may reprint their poems by conventional means at any time, however they may not be republished elsewhere on the Internet for the one year period as specified above.
A generic receipt for a contest entry will be forwarded to author via email. This will be an automated response confirming contact with Menopause Press. It is not a guarantee that your entry is acceptable or complete. Do not contact MP to verify that your entry was received in good order. If there is a problem with an entry deemed not the fault of the author, MP will contact the author for verification or correction.
Entries cannot be altered or updated once submitted. Submitting multiple, revised copies of the same poem will lead to only the first entry being considered. Subsequent submissions of it will be disqualified.
The decision of the judges is final and irrevocable.
Menopause Press is not responsible for published poems appearing on other sites without MPâ€™s permission or the authorâ€™s consent. We do not authorize re-publication of our contest winners. It is the authorâ€™s responsibility to sic the hounds on those who violate their rights.
By paying your entry fee and submitting your work you are agreeing to the terms and conditions set forth in the contest guidelines and rules.
Snowbound Series Chapbook Award
December 1, 2010â€“February 28, 2011
$1,000 cash prize and 50 copies
The final judge for this year's Snowbound Award is Ellen DorĂ© Watson.
Manuscripts are judged anonymously.
Tupelo Press will consider all finalists for publication.
This competition is open to any poet writing in English. Previously published poems with proper acknowledgment are acceptable. Translations are not eligible, nor are previously self-published books. Employees of Tupelo Press and authors previously published by Tupelo Press are not eligible.
Submit 20 to 30 pages (of poems) plus SASE and a $20 reading fee. Manuscripts should be on good quality white paper, paginated consecutively, with a table of contents and acknowledgments, and bound with a clip. Include two cover pages, one with only the title of the manuscript and a second with your name, address, telephone number(s), email address, and title of the manuscript. The authorâ€™s name should not appear elsewhere on the manuscript. Please retain a copy for your records.
* The Snowbound Chapbook Award is open to anyone writing in English, whether living in the United States or abroad. Translations are not eligible for this prize.
* Individual poems in a contest manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, print or web journals, or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished (this includes previously self-published books).
* Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted, as long as you notify Tupelo Press promptly if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
* Before you submit a manuscript to a Tupelo Press competition, please consider exploring the work of the poets we have published.
* Tupelo Press endorses and abides by the Ethical Guidelines of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), which can be reviewed here, along with more about Tupelo Pressâ€™s ethical considerations for literary contests.
Entries must be postmarked or uploaded to the online Submission Manager (see below) between December 1, 2010 and February 28, 2011.
A reading fee of $20 (US) by check or Pay Pal must accompany each submission. If sending a check, please make this payable to Tupelo Press, Inc. Multiple submissions are accepted, so long as each submission is accompanied by a separate $20 reading fee.
Why a reading fee? We are an independent, nonprofit literary press. Reading fees help defray, though they donâ€™t fully cover, the cost of reviewing manuscripts and publishing the many books we select through our competitions.
If mailing your submission, you may include a stamped, self-addressed postcard for confirmation of your manuscriptâ€™s receipt. The online Submissions Manager (see below) automatically confirms receipt.
If you like, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope (SASE) for notification of the winner. An email announcement will also be sent to all entrants. Do not enclose a SASE for return of manuscript; all manuscripts will be recycled at the conclusion of the competition, except those under consideration for future publication.
Kindly refrain from requesting an individual response to confirm our receipt of your manuscript and/or payment. Both the electronic submission manager and the PayPal system offer automated confirmations. For those wishing acknowledgment of a paper manuscript, your self-addressed stamped postcard will serve this purpose. We receive thousands of manuscripts each year and cannot offer individual acknowledgments beyond these. Thank you for your understanding.
Results will be announced in late spring 2011.
Click here to submit electronically. The online submission system will be accepting Snowbound Chapbook Award manuscripts between December 1, 2010 and February 28, 2011.
Online PayPal Payment
Click below to pay the reading fee for online or postal mail submissions:
We also accept manuscripts via postal mail. Please include a check or money-order for the $20 reading fee, payable to Tupelo Press, or utilize our online PayPal option and enclose a copy of the receipt with your printed submission.
You may also include a self-addressed postcard for acknowledgment of receipt of your manuscript and a SASE for notification of the winner, who will also be announced by email.
Mail your submission (and check or PayPal receipt) to:
Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Award
PO Box 1767
North Adams, MA 01247
International submissions only:
Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Award
243 Union Street, Eclipse Mill #305
North Adams MA 01247 USA
All Snowbound entries must be postmarked or certified by our online Submissions Manager between December 1, 2010 and February 28, 2011.
The Florida Review 2011 Editors' Prizes
The Florida Review
The Florida Review
2011 Editorsâ€™ Prizes
in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry
$1000 Award and publication
Submit a group of 3-5 poems, one story, or one essay with a $15 reading fee (which includes a yearâ€™s subscription), payable to UCF/Florida Review.
For each entry, include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, email address, and the title(s) of submitted work. Manuscripts must include the title of the work on each page, but no identifying information about the writer (name, email address, etc.).
This is a blind read.
Writers may enter in more than one genre, but each additional submission requires a separate envelope and entry fee.
Simultaneous submissions to other journals are permissible, but please notify us if the work is accepted elsewhere.
All submissions will be considered for publication. Winners will be announced in summer 2010. For notification, include a SASE.
Postmark DEADLINE: February 28, 2011
The Editorsâ€™ Award (Indicate Genre)
The Florida Review
Department of English MFA Program
PO Box 161346
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida 32816-1346
Please visit our website at: www.flreview.com
Omnidawn Chapbook Poetry Contest
Ben Lerner will judge the 2011 Omnidawn Chapbook Poetry Contest.
Electronic and postal submissions will be accepted from January 1, 2011 to February 28, 2011.
The 2011 Omnidawn Chapbook Poetry Prize is open to any poet writing in English. The prize includes $1,000, Fall 2011 publication by Omnidawn, and 100 complimentary copies of the chapbook. The winning poet and manuscript will also be advertised in American Poetry Review, Poets & Writers Magazine, Writerâ€™s Chronicle, Rain Taxi Review of Books, and other publications. Manuscripts will remain anonymous until a winner is selected. All entrants will be mailed a copy of the winning chapbook. The reading fee for each manuscript is $15.
Two Submission Options:
1. Submit on our web site. (Most submissions are via our web site. This is generally the easiest way to submit.)
2. Submit via postal mail.
Detailed requirements for each method of submission are listed at the end of this web page.
1. The chapbook contest is open from January 1 to February 28. Electronically submitted manuscripts must be received between January 1, 2011 and midnight, Pacific Standard Time, on February 28, 2011. Manuscripts sent by postal mail must be postmarked between January 1, 2011 and February 28, 2011.
2. This contest is open to all writers no matter how many books they have published.
3. Manuscripts must be 20 to 40 pages of poetry (not including the front and back matter).
4. Individual poems in a contest manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, print or web journals, or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. Manuscripts that have been self-published as books or chapbooks are also ineligible.
5. The manuscript must be original and in English. Translations are ineligible. However, we do understand that you may choose to use some words from other languages occasionally in poems. This is perfectly acceptable.
6. Manuscripts by more than one author are ineligible.
7. Friends, colleagues, and students of the judge are not eligible to compete.
8. A reading fee of $15 must accompany each entry.
â€”Manuscripts must include one cover page with title of manuscript only, and a second cover page with title plus your name, address, telephone number, email address, and where you learned about the Omnidawn chapbook contest to the best of your recollection. Please do not include any other identifying information in or with the manuscript. Please do not include acknowledgements page, cover letter, or bio.
â€”Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please notify us with an email to email@example.com if your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere.
â€”Multiple submissions to this contest are acceptable, but each manuscript must be submitted separately, with a separate entry fee.
â€”The manuscript should be paginated.
â€”Please notify us of changes in your contact information with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you submitted electronically you can log in to your account and change the contact information yourself.
â€”No revisions to submitted manuscripts will be allowed during the contest.
â€”All manuscripts will be deleted or recycled at the end of the contest. For entries sent by postal mail, please do NOT enclose SASE for return of the manuscript. You may enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard, which we will mail back to you to confirm receipt of your manuscript. Your cancelled check will also confirm receipt.
â€”We will announce contest results by email, as well as at www.omnidawn.com/contest the Omnidawn blog (http://omnidawn.wordpress.com), and in display advertisements in American Poetry Review, Poets & Writers Magazine, Writers Chronicle, Rain Taxi Review of Books, and other publications.
â€”All entrants will be mailed a copy of the winning chapbook when it is published in the fall of 2011. (Some of our notices about this contest state that a copy of the chapbook will be sent if you include the cost of an SASE. This is no longer necessary and all entrants will be mailed a copy of the winning chapbook.)
â€”Regarding the winning manuscript: The chapbook may not be published in a subsequent book or chapbook by the winning poet for one year after publication by Omnidawn.
How We Judgeâ€”Each Manuscript is Read by at Least Two Editors:
Identifying information will be removed from all manuscripts before they are sent to an editor. All manuscripts will be given a number to associate them with the contact information of their submitters. All personal identifying information will then be removed from manuscripts before these are forwarded to editors. The Omnidawn staff members who remove the identifying information are NOT involved in the reading process.
All manuscripts will then be read by at least two different editors. Only Omnidawn's Senior Poetry Editor and Poetry Editors will read submissions, and these editors will not have access to the identities of the submitters. For the sake of avoiding any conflict of interest, if an editor believes that he/she recognizes the work of a colleague, student, or friend, then that manuscript is given to another editor. The editors will select the semi-finalists to be sent to the judge. The judge will then select the winner and five finalists. If the judge wishes to see additional manuscripts, he may request them; the judge is not, however, permitted to request specific manuscripts. Friends, colleagues, and/or students of the judge are not eligible to compete. The judge is not allowed to choose manuscripts that present a conflict of interest.
Omnidawn abides by The CLMP Code of Ethics. The Council of Literary Magazines and Pressesâ€™ community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our staff, editors, or judges; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines -- defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.
Two Submission Options
Option 1: Submit on our web site. (Usually the easiest way to submit)
Option 2: Submit via postal mail.
Procedures for each of these options are listed in detail below.
Option 1: Procedure to submit on our secure web site.
â€”PLEASE READ AT LEAST THE BOLD TYPE in the directions below before proceeding to the online submissions web page. You will find the button to direct you there at the end of this procedure.
â€”If you have any questions send an email to email@example.com or telephone our toll free number (800) 792-4957. If we canâ€™t take your call immediately, we can usually call you back within 30 minutes.
â€”Electronically submitted manuscripts must be received between January 1, 2011 and midnight, Pacific Standard Time, on February 28, 2011.
â€”The secure online submissions web site has been tested for use with various browsers including Internet Explorer 6.0 and above, Safari 2.0 and above, and all versions of Firefox. Earlier versions may also work. The latest versions of these programs are available for free on the Internet. Your Internet browser must be set to accept cookies and to allow pop-ups in order to use our online submission program.
â€”If you did NOT enter an Omnidawn Poetry Contest last year (2010), or previously this year, when you go to our secure online submission page, you will be asked to enter your credit card billing and contact information, the title of your manuscript, and a six character password of your choice. (Contact information is retained in our database, but credit card numbers are not.)
â€”If you DID enter an Omnidawn Poetry Contest last year (2010) or previously this year, either online or via postal mail, you probably have an account. If so, when you go to the secure online submissions page you can log in using the box on the upper left by entering your email address and your password. If you donâ€™t have your password, click â€śneed helpâ€ť below the login button, and you can have a new password sent to your email address. Once you are logged in you can click â€śsubmit your workâ€ť in the new box on your left, which will take you to a secure web page to submit a new manuscript. (Contact information is retained in our database, but credit card numbers are not.)
â€”You will be able to upload your manuscript on the submissions page. Manuscripts must be sent in one file, not multiple files. Please submit files in .RTF (Rich Text Format) or MS Word .DOC or .DOCX format only. Most word processing programs can save files as .RTF by going to FILEâ€”SAVE AS, and then choosing Rich Text Format in the FORMAT drop-down box.
â€”Please DO use the â€ścommentsâ€ť field to tell us where you learned about the Omnidawn contest to the best of your recollection. You may also add other information you would like us to know, but please do not use this box to share any personal or publication history. These comments will only be read by staff who are not involved in the selection process.
â€”If you want to submit additional work you can login at the end of this process or in the future using the email address and password you entered so that you will not need to complete contact information again.
â€”If when you click â€śContinueâ€ť your credit card is NOT accepted (usually because of a typo) your contact information and manuscript have still been uploaded to our database so that we have everything we need except your payment. You can resolve this by completing the payment in one of two ways:
(a) Mail a check for $15 to the address at the bottom of this web page. Please write your email address and the title of your manuscript on your check (or money order, which is also acceptable). We will send you an email confirming that your manuscript has been entered into the contest when your check arrives.
(b) Enter your credit card info again by going to https://omnidawn.net and using the box on the left to log in using the email address and password you just entered. A screen will appear displaying the contact info you have entered with a record showing the entry you just submitted. In the second field of that record click on the words â€śpay nowâ€ť and a secure screen will appear so that you can enter your credit card information again. If successful you will receive an immediate notification of success and an email notification that your submission has been entered into the contest. If your credit card still does not work you can still use option (a) above by mailing a check.
To go to the secure submissions web page and begin the electronic submission process, please click the button below:
[CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT ONLINE]
Option 2: Procedure to submit via postal mail:
If you have any questions send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone our toll free number (800) 792-4957. If we canâ€™t take your call immediately, we can usually call you back within 30 minutes.
Manuscripts sent by postal mail must be postmarked between January 1, 2011 and February 28, 2011.
Please DO NOT send Fed Ex, UPS, or signature required US Post Office envelopes. These will not be accepted.
Please DO NOT send cover letter, acknowledgements, or bio. These will only be removed before your manuscript is read.
Please enclose the following:
1. Reading fee of $15. This can be either a check or money order. Make checks or money orders payable to Omnidawn. (A reading fee of $15 must accompany each submission.)
2. One title page with your name, contact information, and where you learned about our contest (to the best of your recollection). Please include your mailing address, phone number, and email address if you have one.
3. One title page with manuscript title only and nothing else.
4. 20â€“40 pages of poetry in a manuscript with pagination.
5. (Optional) A self-addressed stamped post card. You may, if you choose, include a self-addressed stamped postcard, and we will mail this back to you to verify that your manuscript has been received. (If you include an Email address, you will also receive an email when we enter your submission into our database. Your cancelled check will also confirm that your entry has been received.)
Send postal submissions via First Class or Priority Mail to:
Omnidawn Chapbook Poetry Prize
1632 Elm Avenue
Richmond, CA 94805-1614
Lester M. Wolfson Poetry Award
Sawtooth Poetry Prize
St. Petersburg Review Poetry Contest
The Washington Prize
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