Religious Poetry Contest - Open to All

  • Poems must be in English and unpublished.
  • Poems may not be entered if they have won earlier cash awards from Poets & Patrons.
  • Do not enter the same poem in two categories.
  • Line limit: 60 lines. Miniature poem: 12 lines.
  1. Type or computer-generate on 8 ½” x 11” standard paper, using font size 12 or up.
  2. Use no unusual fonts or graphics.
  3. An entry consists of 2 copies of the poem. In the upper right-hand corner of each copy, place number, category, form of poem (for Formal) and the title of the poem.
  4. At the top left of one copy, place name and address of the poet.
  5. Do not staple pages together. Exception: should your poem necessitate a second page, staple these together and label them p. 1, p. 2.
  6. Assemble your entries by category number, the identified copy, then unidentified copy.
  7. Send all entries flat, in a single mailing, using first class mail, postmarked no later than September 1, 2011.
  8. Be sure to enclose your check for $12.00 ($10 for members), made payable to Poets & Patrons, Inc. Entry fee covers one poem in each category. Each additional poem costs $1.
  9. If you want a winners’ list, enclose SASE.
Send entries, inquiries, and fees to: Barbara Eaton, Contest Chair, 416 Gierz

Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515-3838.

Poet keeps all rights. Poems will not be returned. Judges are out-of-state professionals, and their decisions are final.

Winners will be notified in early October, and awards will be presented at the annual Court of Awards in late October.



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