ARIZONA STATE POETRY SOCIETY PRESENTS
“Poetry: A Garden of Diversity”
Rcognizing the infinite expression of the muse, ASPS lists here topics which will nurture the poet’s artistic choice. We look forward to reading a whole garden of variety in this year’s Fall Contest.”
2013 ANNUAL CONTEST CATEGORIES
Arizona State Poetry Society thanks all our sponsors for their generous support.
1. MY GARDEN GROWS LIKE THIS
Diversity in life, in romance, in the world around us. Wax poetic in your own individual way.
Any format. 60 line limit. Sponsor: Anonymous ASPS Poets. Prizes: 1st - $250, 2nd - $150, 3rd - $100
2. ASPS LEGACY AWARD
Any form. Any subject. Sponsor: Arizona State Poetry Society. Prizes: 1st - $100, 2nd - $65, 3rd - $35
3. FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH
Commentary on the poetic life and contribution to our world. Dedicated to Priscilla White and Eleanor Cummings, Mothers & Poets Emeritus. Any form / Any subject. Sponsor: Christy White and Carol Hogan. Prizes: 1st - $100, 2nd - $65, 3rd - $35
4. EXPRESSING BELIEFS IN ALL WAYS
Any subject - 80-line limit. Long free verse, any form. Sponsor: Molly Saty. Prizes: 1st - $50, 2nd - $35, 3rd - $15
5. STIRRING THE POT
Current events, state of the world, criticisms or politics. Any form - 60 line limit. Sponsor: Ameriprise Financial, Sun City. Prizes: 1st - $50, 2nd - $30, 3rd - $20
6. POETIC POSTINGS
Original poetry posted by author on Face-book. The date posted on their wall must be noted in parenthesis after title. Any form. Sponsor: Glendale Poets. Prizes: 1st - $50, 2nd - $30, 3rd - $20
7. THE SKY IS FALLING
Wax poetic about any kind of weather; it’s happening all around us. Any format. Sponsor: Mustang Poets, Scottsdale. Prizes: 1st - $50, 2nd - $35, 3rd - $15
8. RHYMING POETRY
Any subject. Any rhyming form. Sponsor: Sun City Poetry Society. Prizes: 1st - $25, 2nd - $15, 3rd - $10
9. HUMOR – In good taste
Any form. Sponsor: Northern Arizona Poets. Prizes: 1st - $25, 2nd - $15, 3rd - $10
10. VACATION TIME
Any subject, Any form. Sponsor: East Valley Poets, Tempe. Prizes: 1st - $25, 2nd - $15, 3rd - $10
11. SHORT FREE VERSE
Any subject. 24 Line limit. Sponsor: Tucson Poets. Prizes: 1st - $25, 2nd - $15, 3rd - $10
12. PICK YOUR FORM
Any subject. Any recognized form (excluding free and open verse). Sponsor: Carol Hogan. Prizes: 1st - $25, 2nd - $15, 3rd - $10
ASPS 2013 ANNUAL CONTEST GUIDELINES / RULES
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all poets and aspiring poets. All are welcome here.
QUALIFICATIONS: Any original, unpublished poem not currently submitted to other contest(s). Poems which have previously won $10.00 or more are not eligible for submission. Submissions must observe specified subjects, forms, line limits and format as specified in the category description. There is no refund for disqualified entries. All entries should be titled. (The use of the first line of any poem may suffice for a title.) Any number of poems may be entered in each category, but each individual poem may be submitted only once per entire contest. Submit entries at any time; all entries need not be sent in at one time. Fees must accompany submissions.
FORMAT: Submit two (2) clearly typed copies of each poem (in English only), on 8-1/2"x11" white paper, without lines or illustrations. Submit each poem on a separate page; no staples, unless an individual poem exceeds one page. No entries will be returned. Please read instructions carefully. Call or email if you have questions.
PAGE LAYOUT EXAMPLE: (First line is directions; DON’T put this in the corners of your submission)
UPPER LEFT CORNER:
COPY 1 & COPY 2
UPPER RIGHT CORNER
ONLY ON COPY 1
Joe Smith (Your Name)
1234 Any Street (Your Address)
Smallville, IL 00000
123-456-7890 (Your Phone Number)
Email if you wish
LINE LIMIT: Unless otherwise specified in the contest description, each entry has a 40-line limit,. Spaces or breaks between stanzas or for effect will not count as a line. Introductory or editorial remarks, quotations, dedications, etc. will be counted line by line in the total line count. Free verse may be submitted without line or paragraph breaks. Lines for this format of entry will be determined by the margin settings of Sandcutters and category line count will be enforced.
*** SPECIAL FOR MEMBERS ONLY: $2 DISCOUNT ON Categories 1, 2 and 3!
*** ENTRY FEES: Per poem:
Category 1 . . . . . . $7.00
Category 2 & 3 …. $5.00
Categories 4 thru 7 $3.00
Categories 8 thru 12 $2.00
Make checks or money orders (US funds only) to: ASPS Annual Contest
DEADLINE: Received by 11:59 pm, September 28, 2013. Send First Class or Priority Mail only (not Registered or any form of delivery requiring signature). Mail entries and #10 (business) self-addressed stamped envelope to:
Carol Hogan, Contest Chair
ASPS Annual Contest 2013
10401 N. Cave Creek Rd. Lot 116
Phoenix, AZ 85020
JUDGES: Qualified non-ASPS members. Decisions are final. List of judges to accompany results sent via SASE provided by contestant at completion of competition.
PRIZE WINNERS: Awards (certify. & prize checks) not claimed at the ASPS Annual Fall Conference, November 16, 2013, will be mailed to winners. Winners: please deposit checks as soon as possible. First, second, and third prize-winning poems will be read at the Annual Fall Conference of the Arizona State Poetry Society and published in the ASPS journal, Sandcutters. Winners will receive a copy. Sandcutters claims first publication rights. Poets receiving Honorable Mentions will be listed in Sandcutters. (Publication of HMs’ poetry will depend on space, discretion of the editor of Sandcutters and permission of the author.) All awardees will receive certificates. (Non-winning poems will be destroyed.)
Arizona State Poetry Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1966 in Phoenix, Arizona, and is a member of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Membership is $20.00 per calendar year. Membership information is available at www.azpoetry.webs.com
Special membership discount for those submitting poetry to this contest; discount available to renewing members also: $18 - good through 2014.
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