Original & Junior
Poetry Writing Contest
THE WEDNESDAY CLUB OF ST. LOUIS
Entry Deadline – February 1, 2020 • Awards Reception – April 08, 2020 at 1:oo pm
ORIGINAL POETRY CONTEST
- 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.
- 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.
Dr. Genie McKee
ORIGINAL POETRY CONTEST
PO Box 31605
St. Louis, MO 63131
EMAIL: Not available at this time
PRIZES: $500, $300, $150
JUDGE: Teri Ellen Cross Davis
- Author of Haint published by Gival Press
- Winner of 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry
- Poetry Coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D. C.
- Member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective
- Received fellowships to attend Cave Canem, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Hedgebrook, Community of Writers Poetry Workshop and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown
- Published in anthologies including: Not Without Our Laughter: poems of joy, humor, and sexuality; Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam
- Published in journals including: Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Mom Egg Review, Natural Bridge, Poet Lore, Harvard Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and Tin House
JUNIOR POETRY CONTEST
- High School Students in Grades 9 through 12 in the St. Louis Area
- 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
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: Lynn Levin
- Winner of The Wednesday Club Junior Poetry Contest as a high school student
- Instructor, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, receiving the Adjunct Award for Teaching Excellence
- Author of Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets, Second Edition; Miss Plastique; Fair Creatures of an Hour; Imaginarium; a few Questions about Paradise
- Translator of poems by Odi Gonzales, Besnik Mustafaj
- Finalist for Next Generation Indie Book Awards and Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award