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8th Annual MPWA Regional Poetry Contest: March 30 DL

8th Annual MPWA Regional Poetry Contest

The Mulberry Poets & Writers Association (MPWA) announces its Eighth Annual Regional Poetry Contest:
  • The overall winner of the contest will receive a $100 cash prize.
  • Two other winners will share $75 in cash prizes -- $50 for 2nd place and $25 for 3rd place.
  • Several poets will be recognized with an Honorable Mention.
  • Judges will be Tara Shoemaker Holdren, Dr. David Elliott, and Susan Jaffer.
  • All winners will be invited to present their poetry at a public reading on or about Saturday, July 11, 2009, in Scranton, PA.
  • All winning poems will be published in the 2009 online 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, except for MPWA Board members and previous first place winners.

  • 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  • Each poem must be original and unpublished.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 a 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 to: MPWA Poetry Contest; P.O. Box 468; Scranton, PA 18501.

  • The contest postmark deadline is March 30, 2009.
  • Winners will be notified by June 1, 2009.