Literary Hook: Poetry contests coming up

Strophes, the newsletter of the National Federation of Poetry Societies, has an extensive listing of forthcoming contests. The next two issues of “Literary Hook” will list them. Contests are a way for writers to receive praise and monetary awards for their work. Both beginning and seasoned writers enter these contests. Awards usually include a monetary prize as well as publication.

Here are a few contests you poets might like to enter:

Poets’ Club of Chicago, annual Helen Schaible Sonnet Contest. Deadline Sept. 1. One entry only. Must be unpublished. Either Shakespearean or Petrarchan. Two copies double-spaced; one copy with ID, one copy without. All rules printed here. No fee. Awards: $50, $35, $15, 3 HM, SASE for winners’ list. To: Tom Roby, 1212 S. Michigan Ave., Apt. 2702, Chicago, IL 60605.

Missouri State Poetry Society’s Summer Contest: Deadline postmark Sept. 1. Two copies, only one with name & address of poet; 40-line limit; 5 categories: (1) rhymed verse or blank verse, (2) free verse, (3) humorous verse, (4) any form, summer subject, (5) any form, any subject. Fees: non-members $1/poem, members $1/two poems—same category. For winners’ list: SASE or name and e-mail address on 3 x 5 index. Entries to Janice Kroll, 4018 S. Woodlands Ave., Independence, MO 64052.

Poets’ Forum Magazine’s Madeline Eastlund Gencorelli Memorial Award: Subject: Relationships (family). Form: Any. 24-36 lines. $25, $15. Deadline: Oct. 15. Must not have been published or under consideration for publication. Entry fee: $2 per poem or 3/$5, check payable: Madelyn Eastlulnd (or disqualified). Two copies, only one with poet’s name and address. Name of contest in upper left corner on both copies. SASE for report, please! First place published in Poets’ Forum Magazine (second may be published). Entries to: Poets’s Forum Magazine, Box 640387, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 Attention: Debby. Very important: mark envelope: Relationships.

Good luck, and may the muse be with you!

From the Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2006, issue

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