This year, the total prize pool of $5,250 will include a fabulous First Prize of $2,000, yet entry fees for the Poetry Contest remain pegged at $6 for every 25 lines. There are no limits on the number of lines or number of poems you may submit.
When I was a contestant, I would always submit at least three or four entries. It's hard to tell what will appeal to the judges. Reading up some of the judges' own work certainly helps, as does a careful examination of the poems that have won prizes in the past. All the same, there were occasions when I won a major prize for a poem that I didn't think particularly highly of myself. The judges picked what I would call the runt of the litter, rather than a poem on which I'd spent a great deal of time and thought.
And it's always good to keep a poem circulating. Better it's sitting on a judge's desk rather than gathering dust in a bureau drawer.
It's also a good idea to submit entries as early as you can. Nearly half the entries to most literary contests are received in the last two or three weeks. As the judges are reading entries as they come in, obviously they are fresher and have more time to read your entry carefully if you avoid the last-minute rush.
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If entrants so desire, winning poems will be published at no charge in a printed anthology. The latest anthology of prize-winning poetry is "Sailing in the Mist of Time". This beautifully printed, large format book actually contains 106 poems, including 50 major award winners, and retails at the publishing house for $16.50. Currently it is "on special" at Amazon and some other stores for only $9.95.
Only $9.95 at Amazon: SAILING IN THE MIST OF TIME: Fifty Award-Winning Poems
Keep on sharing your poems. Professor Konrad and I look forward to reading your entries!