THE WEDNESDAY CLUB
Entry deadline is February 1, 2018
April 11, 2018 at 1:oo pm
ORIGINAL POETRY CONTEST
ELIGIBILITY: *Adults over 18; living within a 50-mile radius of St. Louis.
*Any person having won first prize in the contest twice within the last five years is ineligible for further cash awards but may be cited for honors.
RULES: *Submit TWO TYPED COPIES of TWO poems, which have never been published or won an award.
*Use 8 1/2 x 11 paper with no more than one poem to a page.
*Sign with pseudonym ONLY.
*Type real name, address, e-mail address and telephone number on a separate sheet of paper and enclose with poems. No manuscripts returned.
SEND TO: Marilyn Sumner, ORIGINAL POETRY CONTEST, 42 York Drive, St. Louis, MO 63144
PRIZES: $500, $300, $150
JUDGE: GEORGE BILGERE
*author of six collections of poetry
*his seventh collection “Blood Pages” is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2018
*appeared frequently on Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac” and “ A Prairie Home Companion”
*received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pushcart Foundation, the Witter Bynner Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council
*winner of the Midland Authors Prize and the May Swenson Poetry Award
*lauded by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins as “a breath of fresh air in the house of contemporary American poetry”.
JUNIOR POETRY CONTEST
ELIGIBILITY: High School Students in Grades 9 through 12 in the St. Louis Area
RULES: :Entries must be submitted through the English Department. Each student must submit TWO copies of TWO original poems, one per page, signed with a pen name along with one completed official entry form per student.
FOR ENTRY FORMS OR QUESTIONS:
Junior Poetry Contest Entry Form or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SEND TO:Nan Starling, Junior Poetry Contest, 14 Upper Conway Lane, St. Louis, MO 63017
STUDENT PRIZES: $200, $150, $100, $80, $50, and up to five $25 honorable mentions
TEACHER AWARDS: $200, $150, $100 (Applies to teachers of first three student winners)
JUDGE: MARJORIE STELMACH
* St. Louis poet and high school English teacher for 30 years
* Publications include Falter (2017), Without Angels, Bent upon Light, A History of Disappearance, Night Drawings and recently in anthologies Boulevard, American Literary Review, Ascent, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, River Styx, Spoon River Poetry Review and many other poetry journals
* Winner of the Marianne Moore Prize, the first Missouri Biennial Award and the first Chelsea Award, the Beloit Prize for best poem published in 2016, the Malahat Review Long Poem Contest and the Stanley Hanks Memorial Prize.
*Served as the director of the Howard Nemerov Writing Scholars Program at Washington University and as visiting poet at the University of Missouri at St. Louis.