Literary Hook: More poetry contests to enter

Last week, we began a mini-series on forthcoming poetry contests. Here are more for your consideration.

Harp-Strings Poetry Journal’s William Stafford Golden String Award. Narrative. Between 24-40 lines. $30, $20. Deadline, Oct. 15. Must not have been published or under publication consideration. $2 per poem or 3/$5. Check payable: Madelyn Eastlund (or disqualified) SASE for report, please! Winning poem published in Harp-Strings Poetry Journal (second poem may be published). Two copies, one with name and address of poet. Name of contest in upper left corner on both copies. Entries to Harp-Strings Poetry Journal, Box 640387, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 Attention Debby. Very important: mark envelope: Golden String Award—Note: Golden String makes reference to a poem by William Blake.

Towe Automobile 3rd Annual Automotive Poetry Contest. Postmark deadline Nov. 10. $200/$100/$50 plus museum membership for one year with each award. Entry fee: $10/3 poems. Poem length: 40 lines. Any form/any style. Three copies of poem, one with name, address and phone number in upper left corner. Previously published OK if you hold rights to poem. Entries (and check payable): Towe Auto Museum Poetry Contest, 2200 Front St., Sacramento, CA 95818. Information: 1-916-442-6802 or

A few helpful hints: Be sure to follow the guidelines precisely. If a Web site is listed, access it to get a feeling for the kind of contest it is and the kind of poetry it takes. Always include a self-addressed envelope when sending by e-mail. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t win. Remember that winning is a big deal when you consider your work is usually up against hundreds of others. Be sure to keep a portfolio or résumé of the contests that you win. You can name them in cover sheets to editors when sending your work off for publication. Good luck!

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet who has written several books of poetry and formerly wrote a column called “The Writer’s Garret” for this newspaper.

From the Sept. 6-12, 2006, issue

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