Thank you for your interest in entering our first Poetry-in-Motion Sonnet Writing Contest. Geoffrey Owens, of The Cosby Show, and RisingStar31 Productions teamed up to launch an initiative which showcases the literary works of talented writers. This first contest is organized to coincide with the holidays and explore the theme, “Holidays Past and Present.”
The writer should submit one sonnet (which commonly consists of 14 lines, each of which has ten syllables written in iambic pentameter). Writers, however, can submit a poem that is similar to a sonnet, even if it’s not entirely structured within a Shakespearean, or otherwise, classical form. A poem with a powerfully inspiring message will still be given consideration.
The winner is awarded a $1,000 Prize and publication in our future RisingStar31 e-Magazine and Web site.
Geoffrey, a Shakespearean actor and drama instructor, has created an exciting new selection of on-line greeting cards with classical sonnets, and brings a wealth of experience to the venture. He will be the judge who selects the winning writer from ten finalists.
Guidelines & Information
Eligibility: Poets writing in English, who either have or haven’t already published a poem. Simultaneous submissions are fine, however, please inform us if there’s a change in your poem’s status.
Opening Date: Thanksgiving Eve (November 23, 2011)
Deadline: New Year’s Eve (Entries must be postmarked by midnight, December 31, 2011)The deadline was extended to February 29, 2012 (Special Leap Year Date)
Entry Fee: $25.00 (to cover reading fees)
Announcement: Winner will be notified by March 31, 2012.
Check the Web site for winner information, or send a SASE with the wording “Results.”
Submissions: Electronic submissions are encouraged, however, writers can mail poems, along with a check or money order to:
P.O. Box 53371
Sarasota, FL 34232
Mailed entries must include a cover sheet with writer’s name, address, e-mail and phone number and be attached to the poem. Please do not place your name on the sheet with the poem. Poems should be printed, double-spaced, with 10-12 font size. Send only a copy; do not mail your only copy, as all materials will be recycled unless return is requested with SASE.
On-line submissions: You may submit your entry by Clicking Below:
Submit to RisingStar31 Productionshttp://www.risingstar31.com/http://www.risingstar31.com/contest.html
Click on the link above and go to the contest official site