Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Tools Poets Can Use: Poetry Contests

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.
—Mark Strand, “Eating Poetry,” Reasons for Moving, 1968

Are you interested in entering poetry contests? Winning Writers provides a free e-newletter that provides information on 150 of The Best Free Poetry Contests. If interested, you can enter its famous Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, which searches for the “best humor poem that has been sent to a ‘vanity poetry contest’ as a joke.”

If you enjoy using The Best Free Poetry Contests, you can upgrade to Poetry Contest Insider. The $7.95 quarterly membership fee gives you access to their online database that reviews over 750 quality poetry contests. The detailed contest profiles tell you how to enter, who’s judging and who’s winning. The database is updated nearly every day with new contests and contest changes. You can search and sort contests by name, deadline, prize, fee, genre and more

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