Local poetry/prose contest deadline approaches

The Rockford Writers’ Guild announces its Second Annual National Ides of March Poetry and Prose Contest. Original unpublished poetry (up to 50 lines) and prose (up to 1,300 words) are eligible for submission and for cash prizes. Entries that express the theme of the contest, “The Cutting Edge of the Human Condition,” will stand the best chance of winning. This means that entries should offer fresh insights into the universal challenges that individuals face.

The entry fee is $5 for every three poems entered and $5 for each piece of prose entered. All fees will be returned as prizes. The amount and number of prizes awarded will depend on the total entries. In addition, winners will be considered for publication in the summer issue of The Rockford Review and will be invited to the Guild’s GALA Celebration and Reading in July.

Each entry must be typed. All entries will be judged anonymously. An entry consists of only the title and the text. Each entry must be accompanied by a cover sheet with the contestant’s name, address, phone number, e-mail, title of work, and a brief bio statement. You may submit multiple entries. If you want a copy of the winners list, include a SASE. Entries will not be returned. Youth entries, for contestants 18 and younger, must also include age and name of school.

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2005 (The Ides of March!). Winners will be announced April 15, 2005.

Last year’s Ides of March Contest attracted 128 entries by writers from coast to coast. Awarded were 21 prizes ranging from $10 to $50. Nine of the winning works were published in the 2004 summer edition of The Rockford Review.

Make your check payable to Rockford Writers’ Guild, and mail your entries to: The Ides of March Contest, P.O. Box 858, Rockford, IL 61105

More info: e-mail President David Ross at daveconnieross@aol.com or phone him at (815) 963-2098.

Don’t forget The Rock River Times’ invitation to submit poems (10 to 20 lines), prose (400 words) and serialized stories (from 1,500 words to 2,500 words) for publication the second Wednesday of each month in its “Vibe” section. Editor & Publisher Frank Schier wants to receive a variety of viewpoints on the human situation.

Send submissions to: The Rock River Times, Editor Frank Schier, 128 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61101.

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