Looking for information about poetry contests? Here are two excellent contests. The Journal, the literary magazine of the Ohio University Press, published a full-length manuscript of poetry each year by the Ohio State University Press. A $3,000 prize (the Charles B. Wheeler Prize) is given along with the publication of the book.
To enter, manuscripts must be at least 48 typed pages, original and postmarked during the month of September. If this appeals to you, its time to start creating your manuscript. The manuscript cannot have been published elsewhere in their entirety, with the exception of chapbooks (small, brochure-like little books that poets often start with); poems, periodicals, magazines, journals and anthologies. Poems that have appeared in these can be used with acknowledgement. A $25 non-refundable fee must accompany the manuscript, check or money order to Ohio State University Press. All entrants will receive a subscription to The Journal.
You must always include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the results, though the manuscripts themselves will not be returned. The winning entry will be announced in January 2007. For more information, see www.ohiostatepress.org, or write to: Poetry Editor, The Ohio State University Press, 180 Pressey Hall, 1070 Carmack Rd., Columbus, OH 43210.
In addition, the Illinois State Poetry Society announces its 13th annual contest. Categories include: 1. Free Verse; 2. Formal Verse; 3. Humor. Prizes are $50, $30, $10, and three honorable mentions. To enter, you must submit two copies of each poem, first copy with name, address, e-mail and category in upper left corner; second copy with category ONLY. Entry fees: non-members, $5 for three poems; members, $3 for five poems. No previously published work of any sort is acceptable. Poems will not be returned. Send snail mail to Marilyn Huntman Giese, 2572 Westminster Lane, Aurora, IL 60506. Postmark by Aug. 30. Check Illinois State Poetry Society Web site for winners, www.illinoispoets.org.
Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet who has written several books of poetry and formerly wrote a column called The Writers Garret for this newspaper.
From the June 7-13, 2006, issue