The Contest will not re-open until December 1, 2008, so this is your last chance to submit an entry for the 2008 awards.
By midnight, we mean midnight, Pacific time, if you lodge entries on-line; or entries bearing a postmark no later than October 1, if you send them through the mail.
Here is a quick rundown of the rules for this year's Tom Howard Prize:
Total prize money of $5,250 includes a First Prize of $2,000, a Second Prize of $1,000 and a Third Prize of $500. At the moment, there are 14 cash prizes in all, but the judges may award extra cash prizes at their discretion.
Entry fee is $6 for every 25 lines (or part thereof). THERE IS NO LINE LIMIT.
THERE ARE ALSO NO LIMITS ON THE NUMBER OF POEMS YOU MAY SUBMIT.
We will accept both unpublished verse and published verse (so long as you are able to give us permission to publish your winning poem on the Winning Writers website). Free print publication will also be available in our next printed anthology, but winners are not obliged to accept this offer.
All cash prize-winners will be offered traditional print publication in a book of similar size and quality to SAILING IN THE MIST OF TIME.
If you wish to check out "Sailing in the Mist of Time", this beautifully printed, large format book which usually retails for $16.50, is still being vigorously promoted at Amazon and other stores for only $9.95. You'll find a link to the list of selected poets and their works at http://poetrycontests.exactpages.com
Only $9.95 at Amazon: SAILING IN THE MIST OF TIME: Fifty Award-Winning Poems
You'll find full details for the Tom Howard Poetry Contest at http://www.poetrycontests.exactpages.com
For alternative sites, you can click http://tomhowardpoetry.bravepages.com OR http://www.geocities.com/rastar330/poetry.htm
FORMATTING: We have no special rules regarding the formatting of your work. Basically, you can please yourself. As email is not kind to formatting, the judges disregard formatting when judging submissions. In any case, please be aware that many of the changes in formatting occur only in the copy that is emailed back to you for confirmation. Many entrants go to the trouble of re-submitting their entries, but in most cases the "reformatted" version is exactly the same as the one the judges actually received.
Please note that all subjects, including humorous poems and comic verse, are most welcome in this contest. Humorous poems are currently in short supply, even though such entries have won awards in the past.