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Contest DL: April 15 postmark: Mulberry Poets & Writers Association

The Mulberry Poets & Writers Association (MPWA) announces its Seventh Annual Regional Poetry Contest. The overall winner of the contest will receive a $150 cash prize. Two other winners will share $150 in cash prizes -- $100 for 2nd place and $50 for 3rd place. Several poets will be recognized with an Honorable Mention. Judges will be Dr. Richard Brook, Jim Warner, Jennifer Diskin, Susan Jaffer, and Jerry Grealish.

The postmark deadline is April 15, 2008. Winners will be notified by May 15, 2008. All winners will be invited to present their poetry at a public reading on or about Saturday, June 7, 2008 at the AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave in Scranton. All winning poems will be published in the 2008 edition of The MPWA Journal. For further information, contact the contest coordinator, Richard Aston of Wilkes-Barre, at 570-829-3163 or by e-mail at astonrj@yahoo.com.

Contest Rules:
~Open to former and current residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
~Each entrant is limited to a maximum of three poems.
~The entrance fee is $2 for each poem submitted.
~An individual may win in only one of the first, second, or third place categories. If more than one of his or her poems rank in a winning category, only the highest will be counted for that person.
~Each poem must be original and unpublished.
~Each poem should be typed on 8½ x 11" paper, single spaced, except for intentional spacing. Each new poem should start on a new sheet of paper. If it exceeds one page, please staple the pages together. Each poem should take a maximum of 3 pages.
~List the title(s) of your poem(s) in a cover letter including your name address, email, and phone. If untitled, use the first several words.
~Do not put your name on the poem.
~Keep a copy of your poem. Submitted poems will not be returned.
~Send submissions and check to: MPWA Poetry Contest; PO Box 468; Scranton, PA 18501

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