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  • Poemhunter Moderator (2/17/2014 7:42:00 AM) Post reply

    Association of Writers & Writing Programs
    Award Series

    Deadline: February 28,2014
    Entry Fee: $30
    Website: http://www.awpwriter.org/contests
    E-mail address: supriya@awpwriter.org

    Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a novel and a book of creative nonfiction. For the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages; Joy Harjo will judge, and the University of Pittsburgh Press will publish the winning collection. For the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages; Alice McDermott will judge, and the University of Massachusetts Press will be the publisher. For the novel award, submit a manuscript of at least 60,000 words; Mary Gaitskill will judge, and New Issues Press will be the publisher. For the creative nonfiction award, submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages; John Phillip Santos will judge, and the University of Georgia Press will be the publisher. The entry fee for each award is $30 ($20 for AWP members) . Using the online submission system, submit manuscripts between January 1 and February 28. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

    Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Award Series, George Mason University,4400 University Drive, MSN 1E3, Fairfax, VA 22030. (703) 993-4308. Supriya Bhatnagar, Director of Publications.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (2/17/2014 7:14:00 AM) Post reply

    Tupelo Press
    Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Contest
    Deadline: February 19,2014
    Entry Fee: $20
    Website: http://www.tupelopress.org
    A prize of $1,000 and online publication in Tupelo Quarterly will be given twice yearly for a group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $20 entry fee by February 19. All entries will be considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

    Tupelo Press, P.O. Box 1767, North Adams, MA 01247. (413) 664-9611.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (2/17/2014 7:02:00 AM) Post reply

    Blue Mountain Arts

    Announces Its Twenty-fourth Biannual Poetry Card Contest
    Deadline: June 30,2014
    1st prize: $300 * 2nd prize: $150 * 3rd prize: $50

    In addition, the winning poems will be displayed on sps.com.

    Poetry Contest Rules
    All entries must be the original creation of the submitting author. All rights to the entries must be owned by the author and shall remain the property of the author. The author gives permission to Blue Mountain Arts, Inc. to publish and display the entry on the Web (in electronic form only) if the entry is selected as a winner or finalist. Winners will be contacted within 45 days of the deadline date. Contest is open to everyone except employees of Blue Mountain Arts and their families. Void where prohibited.

    You can get the latest details at http://www.sps.com/poetry/

  • Mac Adrone Adonay (2/17/2014 12:58:00 AM) Post reply

    Imagine you're in the middle of the forest
    Where angry beasts surround you
    Hungry teeth will devour the trembling meal
    And bones of yours shall touch the ground
    Leopards, bears, and panthers celebrate
    A new visitor is welcomed by their milling caves

    Imagine you're in the sinking ship
    With your family and friends
    And yes, finding a way how to survive
    But what if just a little hope is there
    And the mighty waves will tell the next scene?
    You will be drowned, a tragic end of your story.

    Imagine scenes that you would die
    That night becomes your day
    That desperations and weariness flow through your veins
    And a tomb waits for your sleep

    What will you do?
    Simply stop imagining.
    Did you see how far can thinking goes?
    It is the attitude of the mind that
    can change many things.

  • Bob Chen (2/12/2014 7:55:00 PM) Post reply

    'Would You"


    If I said I love you

    would you say it back

    if I held your hand

    how would you react

    if I wanted to be close

    would you push me away

    or would you hold me closer

    and tell me I should stay

    if I saw you crying

    and I gave you a hug

    would you slap me in the face

    or would I be your cuddle bug

    and if I wrote this poem

    special just for you

    and now I said I love you
    would you say I love you too

  • Bob Chen (2/12/2014 7:55:00 PM) Post reply

    'Would You"


    If I said I love you

    would you say it back

    if I held your hand

    how would you react

    if I wanted to be close

    would you push me away

    or would you hold me closer

    and tell me I should stay

    if I saw you crying

    and I gave you a hug

    would you slap me in the face

    or would I be your cuddle bug

    and if I wrote this poem

    special just for you

    and now I said I love you
    would you say I love you too

  • Donald Goodside (2/11/2014 7:50:00 PM) Post reply

    Pawned Guitar ___

    Once we were as two strings on the instrument of Life's vibration.
    Each different in composition and position,
    Resonating one to the other in sympathetic harmonics.

    A simple and pleasant chord of quiet discretion,
    Far from the cacophonies of dissonance
    That filled the chaos surrounding us.

    Now it appears to our tone deaf ear,
    That we too, have taken up noise as our chosen song.
    Our once lullaby of love, can no longer be heard.

  • Hira Akhtar (2/10/2014 6:16:00 AM) Post reply

    Together
    Hands in hands
    will go through
    critical problems
    If i fall,
    you'll be for me
    to console and hold
    You are the one
    cherishing from;
    hot and cold

    'BAZAAR' of love
    'I' and 'You'
    shall conquer
    Ruling others hearts
    promoting an example
    anyone saw neither,
    nor thought

    Enjoying love ride
    being your newly bride
    Every time out shall we go
    talking and taking
    hands in hands

    Without you
    I " DON'T" desire
    a single breath
    'YOU' I need dire
    in every second
    Torment ocean
    together shall cross;
    boarding the ship
    Of faith and trust
    both enfolding
    hands in hands

    On every b'day, mine
    you'll hug me and kiss
    craving for my life, long
    but let me tell you
    word 'LIFE'
    for me is 'YOU'
    To shine and tarnish
    with each other
    I lust keeping,
    hands in hands

  • Prateek Khard (2/6/2014 9:29:00 AM) Post reply

    'The Selfish Street’

    I fight,
    Till the first Sunlight,
    To cover the black under white,
    But that’s not right,
    Because I am fighting with the ‘Cheat’,
    By living under the ‘Selfish Street’.

    Why?
    I do not deserve this!
    And I do miss,
    My innocent time,
    Which vanished like a Rhyme.

    Now I weep,
    Inside very deep,
    And I cannot sleep,
    Till I sweep,
    This Mess,
    Which are making us ‘Less’.

    And I will not stop,
    No matter what I have to face,
    Because I have joined a Race,
    To be shown,
    And to prove that,
    In this Street I am not all alone.

    And at last we will experience together,
    That this Selfish Street teaches us to differentiate
    The ones which are ‘Ours’ with the ‘Others’.

  • Ameya Deshpande (2/5/2014 7:14:00 AM) Post reply

    It's OK

    Deep down into my mind
    There is some peace to find

    Deep down into my soul
    There is something that I seek as a goal

    Now I have started to understand something a bit
    That I must & must live with a grit

    Living with a grudge or a set-back can be a mistake
    You must let go of everything for your own sake

    Deep down into my thinking
    There is a great belief that has started to sink-in
    That it's Ok

    It's Ok to be who you are
    & it's Ok to be what you want to be

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