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spacer.gif   Letter To The Contemporary American Poetry Prize Contestants
Posted by : cj on Monday, March 26, 2012 - 01:11 PM
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Chicago Poetry Letters Section .
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March 26, 2012.

Dear Contemporary American Poetry Prize Contestants,

Thank you for entering the inaugural CAPP contest with over $700 in cash prizes.

In all, 126 poems have been received for consideration. Out of these poems . . .

One GRAND PRIZE winner will be selected and the author will receive $524.

One SILVER PRIZE winner will be selected and the author will receive $131.

One BRONZE PRIZE winner will be selected and the author will receive $65.50.

The prize money is based upon percentages of the total entry fees, as detailed at poetryaward.org.

In addition, three poems will be selected as HONORABLE MENTIONS.

The six poems chosen for the above categories will be permanently published at ChicagoPoetry.com and at PoetryAward.org during mid-April (National Poetry Month).

In addition to that, a minimum of twenty poems will be selected as RUNNERS UP to be included with the other winning poems in a special issue of Poetry Cram Volume 13, a publication that will be given away free to the public on Saturday, April 28, at the Poetry Fest at Harold Washington Library in downtown Chicago. If you are unable to attend the event, a complimentary copy of Cram 13 will be mailed to you upon request.

Presently, all poems are being prepared for blind judging by the contest judge, Charlie Rossiter. Charlie Rossiter is an NEA Fellowship recipient and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. He is the author of four books of poetry and numerous chapbooks, including The Night We Danced With the Raelettes and All Over America: Road Poems (FootHills Publications, 2009). He is also the co-author of the book Back Beat, of which Lawrence Ferlinghetti said: "Back Beat beats everything for being beater than the Beats."

Winners will be announced mid-April. You will receive an email announcement and also the winners will be announced at ChicagoPoetry.com, PoetryCram.com and at PoetryAward.org.

Since the judging process is blind, we will be unable to give feedback on any poetry that doesn’t get chosen in any of the above categories.

I want you to know that I have browsed through the poetry and Charlie has his work cut out for him. The contest received a volume of quality work. In my opinion, you are all winners as we all share in the love of poetry. So I wish you all good luck, and I thank you for helping to make the first ever Contemporary American Poetry Prize such a huge success. I am honored to have your participation and proud that the first ever contest can boast one of the largest cash prizes for poetry in the Chicagoland area.

Thank you,

CJ Laity
Publisher, ChicagoPoetry.com



Note: CJ Laity addresses the contestants for the first ever CAPP contest. Click here.

 
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