posted by: Kevin McFadden
Help to “sing the body electric” in this call for submissions seeking a poem about energy. Make it a crisis, make it a storm: just tap something more kinetic than potential. The power can come from anywhere—words, chemistry, wind, water, oil, storms—but its force must move the reader.
Supported by Poetry Daily and the Virginia Arts of the Book Center, the Power Poems contest offers a prize of a limited-edition letterpress broadside created by VABC artists and an appearance on Poetry Daily’s internationally reviewed website. See previous winning broadsides HERE.
30 limited-edition, letterpressed broadsides, created by artists at the VABC, and special publication of the winning poem on Poetry Daily (poems.com).
Submission size: Two poems per submission. Each submission should have a separate entry form. Multiple submissions may be sent in the same entry packet, with appropriate forms and fees enclosed.
Entry fee: $15 per submission made payable to the “Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.” (The VABC is a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.)
Entry form: Found online HERE. For a printed form, send an SASE to: Power Poems / Virginia Foundation for the Humanities /145 Ednam Drive / Charlottesville, VA 22903. Submissions received without a completed entry form will not be eligible.
Eligibility: Contest open to any poet(s) living and writing in the United States who are not employees, affiliates, or students of Poetry Daily, or the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Rights to works must reside with the submitting poets, though they may have been previously published. Poems must be original work by eligible submitters.
Considerations: No poem should be longer than one 8.5”x11” page in 12 pt font. Poems should be stapled together and submitted “blind,” with no identifying information in the poem and contact info appearing only on the entry form. Winning poems and honorable mentions may be made available online for a limited time on the VABC website, pending permission of the author.
Deadline: Submissions must be postmarked by September 15, 2012.
Notification: Winners will be announced by January 2013.
Judges: Poets and artists of the Virginia Arts of the Book Center. Selections will be made on literary merit, engagement of theme, and potential for visual interest as a broadside. Judges are poets whose backgrounds are in poetry, publishing, and book arts. Each has experience with nationally recognized journals, anthologies, prize committees, and annual VABC broadside contests.
Filed under: Announcements on May 10th, 2012