Prose Poem Contests

2014 Kids Write 4 Kids – Creative Challenge

Kids Writing Contest – Open to Canadian Residents Kids Write 4 Kids is excited to launch its third annual writing contest!  This year, we are seeking out students in grades 4 to 8 share their creative stories. Selected story (or stories) will be published as an e-book. Over the last two years our panel of judges have selected six authors. Each author has their ebook available on iBookstore, Amazon Kindle and Kobo. Click here to take a look at some of the previously published Kids Write 4 Kids ebooks. The selected story (or stories) will be published as an e-book, and proceeds from its sale will go to support the author’s school. E-books are sold for $3.99 and net proceeds for all KW4K books sold in 2015 will be donated to the school(s) of this year’s author. Entries are accepted online only. View complete contest rules and download Kids Write 4 Kids brochure. ENTRY DETAILS To be eligible, authors must be enrolled full-time in an educational institute in Canada Authors must be in grades 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 Stories must be original and written entirely by the author Only one entry per author will be accepted; all subsequent entries will be disqualified Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories) Stories are accepted in English only Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry Stories will be published in their original format, so please check spelling, etc. prior to submitting There are no entry fee and no purchase is necessary WORD COUNT Story must have a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 7,500 words. The word count includes “a,” “an,” and “the,” but not the words on non-story pages such as the title page or those captions for illustrations or photography. Invented spelling is accepted. FILE FORMAT AND SUBMISSION Story must be typed and submitted as Word .doc Optional images including photography can be submitted to accompany the story but must be original images created by the author All images must be scanned and submitted in .jpg file format Please keep original copies of images, if your story is selected a representative from Ripple Digital Publishing will contact you to obtain original images SUBMISSION Submission deadline: March 31, 2015. Only entries submitted on this online form will be considered for publication. – See more at:...

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Last Call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2014 – 2015

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! And welcome to all having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com Guidelines: Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed. And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed. Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted. Extended Postmark deadline: January 10, 2015, 11:59PM, CST. All contest winners will be announced on February 25, 2015 Prizes: Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100. Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50. Entry fees: $10 per short story, $5 per poem. To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM” Mail to: Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest P.O. Box 3141 Chicago, IL 60654 Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter! No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest...

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The Boston Review: Annual Poetry Contest

Deadline: June 1, 2015 Judge: TK First Prize: $1,500 and publication Complete guidelines: The winning poet will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in the November/December 2015 issue of Boston Review. Submit up to five unpublished poems, no more than 10 pages total. Any poet writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, relative, or close friend of the judge. Mailed manuscripts must be submitted in duplicate, with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, email, and phone number. No cover note is necessary for online submissions. Names and other identifying information must not be on the poems themselves. Simultaneous submissions are not permitted, submissions will not be returned, and submissions may not be modified after entry. Failure to comply with any contest guidelines may result in your submission being disqualified. A non-refundable $20 entry fee, payable to Boston Review in the form of a check or money order or by credit card, must accompany all submissions. All submitters receive a complimentary half-year subscription (3 issues) to Boston Review. Mailed submissions must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2015. The winner will be announced in the fall on the Boston Review Web site. All poems submitted to the contest will be considered for publication in Boston Review. Please enter online using our contest entry manager. This requires payment using a credit card. Or mail submissions to: Poetry Contest, Boston Review PO Box 425786 Cambridge, MA...

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‘At War’ Poetry Competition

‘At War’ Poetry Competition (Free entry) Arts Award Voice is an online magazine created by young people, for young people interested in the arts (artsawardvoice.com). As nations across the globe mark one hundred years since the beginning of the First World War, Arts Award Voice are excited to have launched a poetry-writing competition that will encourage writers to engage with the centenary in a creative way.  We are asking young people aged 11-22 to submit original poems on the theme ‘At War’. The competition deadline is November 11th 2014 – Remembrance Day.  The competition is open to two age categories, 11-16 and 17-22, and the judges are looking forward to reading poems from a wide range of young people. The prize includes a National Art Pass, and feedback from the judges for the winning poems – an invaluable opportunity for any budding writers. We will also publish a selection of poems in an e-book which will have a small print run, and winners will each receive a copy. Arts Award Voice is delighted that Joelle Taylor, Kat Francois and Caroline Bray have agreed to judge the competition.  Joelle Taylor is a spoken word artist and poet, and Founder and Artistic Director of SLAMbassadors UK, the Poetry Society’s national youth slam championship. She worked alongside Caroline Bray (Arts Award Museums, Heritage and Libraries Associate) with Bronze Arts Award students recently on a project which saw them writing poetry inspired by First World War objects and stories from The British Postal Museum and Archive, before performing their work at the Roundhouse in Camden.  Kat Francois is a performance poet. She is the 2005 World Slam Champion and a resident poet at Theatre Royal, Stratford East. She has also written and performed a one-woman play called Raising Lazarus, charting the journey of West Indian soldiers who came to fight for Britain during the First World War. The potential of this poetry competition is far reaching; as Joelle Taylor notes, reading the poetry of young people it “like listening to thoughts from the future. I believe that poetry can affect positive change in the world, and even that these poems can help us erase war and find peaceful ways to end conflict. I can’t wait to read them.” Entries should be sent to voice@artsaward.org.uk, along with name, age and email address. All questions and queries regarding this competition can also be sent to voice@artsaward.org.uk. For more information, please visit this link:...

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THE FIFTH ANNUAL GeminiMAGAZINE POETRY OPEN

THE FIFTH ANNUAL GeminiMAGAZINE POETRY OPEN GRAND PRIZE: $1,000 SECOND PLACE: $100 Four Honorable Mentions ($25 each) ENTRY FEE: $5 (up to three poems) DEADLINE: January 2, 2015 All Six Finalists Will Be Published in The March 2015 Issue of Gemini prose poem rhyme free verse ballad aubade haiku haibun sonnet lyric elegy limerick. . . Doesn’t matter what it’s called as long as it moves us! No restrictions on subject, style or length. We welcome work from new and established poets and everyone in between. Entries are read blind so everyone gets an equal chance. Simply send your best unpublished poems by email or snail mail. How to enter, visit: http://www.gemini-magazine.com/poetryopen.html...

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Announcing a Bibliophilia writing contest:

“What does your avatar say about you?” Ah, the avatar–as forum communities grow, new and creative ways of self-expression flourish. One such way is through the use of avatars, an image that reflects some aspect of the user’s personality. An avatar can either chip away at the bland anonymity of cyberspace or it can symbolize something private to the user–or both at the same time. It can deceive, invent, re-invent, encapsulate, magnify, or downplay. An avatar can relate to a forum member’s username, but it doesn’t have to. It may or may not be obvious to other members of the same forum what that avatar symbolizes. Bibliophilia is running a contest to challenge our members to answer the question “What does your avatar say about you?” Write a fiction or non-fiction piece, or even a poem, that works with the visual component of your avatar and guides us in interpreting your avatar. Entry is free. If you are not already a member of Bibliophilia, you can register for free, upload an avatar, and enter the contest before the November 1, 2014 deadline. General Guidelines: Entrants must be registered members of Bibliophorum.org by the deadline of midnight GMT, November 1; registration is free. Entrants must have posted an avatar to their user profile by the deadline of midnight GMT, November 1, 2014 (see “Avatar guidelines” below). Entrants must write 500 words of prose or less (exclusive of the title) or 40 lines or less of poetry (exclusive of the title) to answer the question “What does your avatar say about you?” Entries may be non-fiction or fiction prose or a poem, and must not be published elsewhere either in print or in any digital form (including online). Entries must have a title. Entries must include a cover letter with the entrant’s username, legal name, pen name (if applicable), mailing address, and email address, as well as a brief (2-3 sentence) bio that will be posted online with the winning entries. Individuals may enter only once, regardless of how many user profiles they have at the forum. In the event that an individual is found to have entered the contest more than once, all entries from that individual will be deemed invalid. Entries must be submitted by email to: bibliophorum1 (at) gmail.com with the required information and the text of the entry pasted into the body of the email. The administrator of Bibliophilia.org and Bibliophorum.org is not responsible for lost entries. Judge’s decisions are final. Judge will not enter into any correspondence with the entrants. No amendments, additions, or changes to an entry are allowed once the entry has been submitted to the above email address. You may withdraw your entry...

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