This Newsletter provides updates on the 2009 Tom Howard Poetry Contest for Verse in All Styles and Genres, the Margaret Reid Prize for Traditional Verse, and the Tom Howard Short Story, Essay and Prose Contest.
If the judging of the Short Story, Essay and Prose Contest proceeds smoothly, I hope to publish the Tertiary Short List in this Newsletter on June 15 next. Making the Tertiary Short List is quite an achievement. It means that your work has been selected for a Second Reading by the judges. Authors who figure on this list are obviously doing all things right. In a smaller contest, such gifted and talented authors would undoubtedly win a prize -- or at least a High Commendation.
The Final Results of the Prose Contest will be published on September 15. Authors who have won Cash Prizes will be contacted by email (or by post or phone, if they have no email address) around mid-August 2009.
The 2010 Prose Contest will open on July 15. The entry fee will remain at $15 and the same limit of 5,000 words will apply.
If you have any comments, please let me know. All contributions to this Newsletter, such as letters and comments, personal experiences and even gripes, are most welcome. There is, alas, no monetary payment, and I do not guarantee to publish all submissions, although each one will be carefully considered.
Both The Margaret Reid Poetry Prize for Traditional Verse and the Tom Howard Poetry Contest for Verse in All Styles and Genres are currently open for entries. This year, the prize pool for each of these contests has been increased to $5,350 (including a First Prize of $2,000), yet entry fees remain pegged at $7 for every 25 lines. There is no line limit, nor is there any limit to the actual number of entries you may submit. Published poems and verses that have won prizes in other contests are eligible, as well as original, unpublished poetry. However, if you win a prize, you must be able to give Winning Writers permission to publish your winning entry on their website.
You'll find full details at http://poetrycontests.exactpages.com
Alternative sites are http://www.geocities.com/rastar330 (for traditional poetry), and http://www.geocities.com/rastar330/poetry.htm (for poetry in all styles and genres).
All subjects and genres are welcome in our Contests. But the judges are human beings, not robots, so I recommend taking a look at some of our previous prize-winning entries:
For poetry, it would be difficult to go past SAILING IN THE MIST OF TIME. This book is currently "on special" at many bookstores, including Amazon, for only $9.95, which is marvelous value for a large-format, 194-page book containing no less than 106 prize-winning and commended entries (don't take any notice of the "50" in the title) from previous Margaret Reid and Tom Howard Poetry Contests. Just click the above link for Amazon.
Also recommended is a previous anthology (more expensive, but it does include 133 poems in its 268 well-designed pages) entitled ACROSS THE LONG BRIDGE
Finally, a new, expanded edition of my "Write Ways to WIN WRITING CONTESTS" has just been published. The book has been completely revised, re-written and re-set. Despite all this, and an additional 20 pages of helpful text, the price has been lowered to only $12.50!
Some good news on this front is that, thanks mainly to the support of readers of this Newsletter, the Distributor has reversed his previous decision and the revised edition of "Write Ways to WIN WRITING CONTESTS" will become available in other bookstores in about 6 weeks time. At present, it is only available at Amazon.
Write Ways to WIN WRITING CONTESTS: How To Join the Winners' Circle for Prose and Poetry Awards, NEW EXPANDED EDITION