From my very first post I wanted to pay homage to the speech which inspired the title of my blog, Ain't I a Woman? by Sojourner Truth. Such a beautiful speech, such a beautiful name, such a beautiful woman. It is one of my favorite pieces. I strive to emulate this style in my own work. Poetic and powerful. Honest and unafraid. Memorable. And I like brevity. It too is beautiful. This is the standard I wish to be held to as I explore the question with you ~ ain't I a writer?
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Poetry Contest

     I was recently asked to serve as the contest coordinator for the Poetry Society of New Hampshire's twice yearly national poetry competitions. I am thrilled that Lauren K Alleyne, Poet-in-Residence and Assistant Professor of English at the University of Dubuque has accepted my offer to serve as judge of the November contest. For more info about Professor Alleyne see http://laurenkalleyne.com/bio.html.
     Here are the guidelines for entering the contest open to all. I look forward to finding your poems in my mailbox on or before November 15th!
 
 
National Contest Coordinator
Tammi Truax
187 Meadow Rd
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Please note limit is forty lines. Name and address must appear in the upper right hand corner of the copy on which they appear. NO identification is to appear anywhere on the second copy.
The Poetry Society of New Hampshire sponsors two National Contests open to all poets, members or not. Judges for the contests are not members of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire. Prizes are awarded to four places, 1st place, $100, 2nd place, $50, 3rd and 4th places $25 each. Winning poems will be published in our quarterly magazine, The Poets Touchstone, and winning poets will receive one copy of the issue in which their poems appear. Rights revert to the author after publication.
Guidelines
Entries that do not meet the guidelines will not be considered or returned. Poems must be postmarked by the deadline date.
  • Subject and form are open.
  • Length limited to 40 lines.
  • One poem per page.
  • Poems must be typed.
  • Two copies of each poem, one with NO identification (no name, no address), the other with the name and address in the upper right corner.
  • #10 SASE for winners list only. Poems will not be returned.
  • Entry fee is $3 for the first poem, and $2 each for others. Entries limited to 5 poems per poet per contest.
  • Poems must not be previously published, have won a prize, nor be currently entered in another contest.
  • Poems must be postmarked by the deadline date. Deadlines are: May 15th and November 15th.
  • Mail poems and check payable to the Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH) to the coordinator at the address above.

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