No Entry Fee, Poetry Contest, Deadline 02.28.2014

Writing Contest

Port Yonder Press is pleased to announce its First Annual Zero Bone Poetry Prize Contest.

Named in honor of the distinguished American poet Emily Dickinson, the competition welcomes submissions of unpublished, original poems. This competition is open to all poets – those with or without previous publishing credits and from anywhere in the world. Winning manuscripts will reflect the thoughtful humanity and careful craftsmanship of Emily Dickinson’s poetry, though not necessarily her style. Nature themes are especially welcome as are all styles of poems such as villanelle, sonnet, confessional poetry, haiku, prose, ode, elegy, sestina, Fibonnaci, abstract, etc. All genres except erotica.

In keeping with our mission to provide strong emotive literature to a broad audience, please focus on artistry sans graphic depictions of gore, sexuality, and foul language. Any such must be used judiciously and expertly.

$100 First Prize
$25 Second Prize

Reading Period: February 1, 2014 – February 28, 2014

Reading Fee: NONE.

Submission Guidelines

Number of submissions – Please submit up to 3 poems of up to 40 lines each. Each must be submitted on a separate sheet of paper, no author’s name or other identifying marks on pages. (Cover page will identify you.)

Simultaneous Submissions – Poems may be under consideration elsewhere, but please inform ZBP if a poem is accepted for publication.

Poems will not be returned. Please do not send your only copy.

Eligibility – The poems must be unpublished. Authors and staff of Port Yonder Press and their families are not eligible for this award.

Submission Period – Entries must be received (not postmarked) February 1, 2014 to February 28, 2014 to be considered.

Submission Address – Poems should be one to a page with no identifying author name or address on each. Include a cover page with author name, address, email, phone number, and list of poem titles. A short bio is also welcome. Send to:

Zero Bone Poetry Prize
c/o Port Yonder Press
6332 – 33rd Avenue Drive
Shellsburg, IA 52332

Name of judge: Ann Struthers.

Competition Results – Results will be posted online in mid-April, 2014.

Notifications – We inform the finalist and the winner by email, phone, or mail.

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