4th Annual Maine Postmark Poetry Contest

4th Annual Maine Postmark Poetry Contest: open to Anyone in Maine this Summer!   The Maine Postmark Poetry Contest, a statewide competition, is happening again this year in conjunction with the 9th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival, to be held October 18 & 19, 2013 (www.belfastpoetry.com).  Maine residents and everyone with access to a Maine post […]

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4th Annual Maine Postmark Poetry Contest: open to Anyone in Maine this Summer!

 

The Maine Postmark Poetry Contest, a statewide competition, is happening again this year in conjunction with the 9th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival, to be held October 18 & 19, 2013 (www.belfastpoetry.com).  Maine residents and everyone with access to a Maine post office or mailbox this summer are invited to enter.  Citizens, residents, and visitors to our great state are all welcome: the only rule is that all entries must bear a Maine postmark.

To enter, submit entries of up to two (2) total pages of poetry (a separate page for each poem, so either two short poems or one longer poem); each entry must be accompanied by a $5 reading fee.  Proceeds will be used to support the festival.  Entrants may submit more than one entry, but each additional entry is an additional $5.
The Belfast Poetry Festival Committee will screen entries and forward finalists to an outside judge, a poet of national reputation, who will choose first, second, and third place winners.  Winners will be invited to read the winning poem and be honored at the Belfast Poetry Festival in October 2013; winning poems will also be announced and published in the Maine press. The first place winner will also receive a $50 cash prize.
Submissions are welcome from now until August 1, 2013; only submissions received with a Maine postmark dated August 1 or earlier will be read.  Poems should be sent without the poet’s name on the poem and accompanied by a cover letter listing the poet’s name, contact information (address, email, and phone), and the title of the poem(s) submitted so that poems can be read anonymously. Cover letters need not include biographical information.  Poems sent without a cover letter will be disqualified.  All poems must be original and previously unpublished.  Poems will not be returned, so please do not send originals or an SASE. Winners will be notified by September 15; other confirmation of receipt should not be expected.
Send entries—up to two poems and no more than two pages total, accompanied by a cover letter with contact information and a check for $5 made out to the City of Belfast—to:
Jacob Fricke, Belfast Poetry Festival
Attn: Maine Postmark Poetry Contest
P.O. Box 911
Belfast, ME 04915

 

For more information contact Jacob Fricke at jacob@belfastpoetry.com or check out the website at www.belfastpoetry.com.

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