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ChicagoPoetry.com is pleased to announce the
2007 Chicago Summer Poetry Contest with $200 in prizes.
TWO CATEGORIES: ENTER ONE OR BOTH
--Poetry Submissions will be accepted for this contest in two categories.
Category One: Poetry about Chicago.
Category Two: Poetry about poetry.
THREE LEVELS OF WINNING
1) TWO FIRST PRIZE WINNERS: There will be two First Prize winners, one from each category. One poem from each category will be chosen as the First Prize winning poem of that category. First Prize winning poets will receive $100 each, an award certificate, and publication of the winning poem at ChicagoPoetry.com. Winners will be offered a featured slot in the 2007 Chicago Poetry Fest, to happen on Saturday, August 25, 2007, from 3 to 7:30 PM, at Mercury Cafe, 1505 W. Chicago Ave, during which cash prizes will be distributed. (Prize money will be mailed if winner is not able to attend award ceremony.) Details about the award ceremony are at the bottom of this page.
2) TEN HONORABLE MENTIONS: Five poems from each category will receive an honorable mention. Poets receiving honorable mentions will receive an award certificate and will have their poem published at ChicagoPoetry.com.
3) ALL POETS WILL GET THE CHANCE TO BE PUBLISHED: ALL poems submitting into this contest will get the chance to be published in an online anthology at ChicagoPoetry.com, to be published on the internet in August of 2007.
CATEGORY ONE: POETRY ABOUT CHICAGO
--Your poem about Chicago can be about Chicago as a city, a particular Chicago neighborhood, the people of Chicago, a person from Chicago, Chicago traditions, food, weather, Lake Michigan, landmarks, history, or any aspect of Chicago the author chooses to explore. Your poem about Chicago does not necessarily need to include the word "Chicago" in it. Use your imagination.
CATEGORY TWO: POETRY ABOUT POETRY
--Your poem about poetry can be about the process of writing poetry, poetry as a personification, poetry about a poet, poetry inspired by a famous poem, the academics of poetry, a parody of a poetry style, or whatever your imagination can come up with, as long as it is a poem about poetry. Your poem about poetry does not necessarily need to include the word "poetry" in it. Use your imagination.
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR BOTH CATEGORIES
--Poems submitted into this contest must be the original work of the submitting author.
---Poems can be written in any form or style, including freestyle, rap, rant, haiku, sonnet, prose--there are no limitations.
--Poets do not have to live in Chicago to participate in this contest. We encourage submissions from anyone, anywhere in the world.
--Poets may submit up to three poems per category (total of six poems). All poems will be considered separately and equally. (See below for entry fee instructions.)
--Please specify if your poem has been previously published.
--All poets who enter this contest must have an active e-mail account, as all correspondence regarding this contest will be done through e-mail.
--DEADLINE: Entries must be received by July 31, 2007. Please (and we can't stress this enough), in order to make the judging easier and more accurate, do not wait until the deadline to send in your poems; send in your entries today. Winners will be announced in August. Winners will be invited to (but not required to) read as part of the 2007 Chicago Poetry Fest, Saturday, August 25, from 3 to 7:30 PM, at Mercury Cafe, 1505 W. Chicago Ave. Click Here for some scenes from a previous ChicagoPoetry.com sponsored event.
HOW TO ENTER BY E-MAIL
--Submissions for the 2007 Chicago Summer Poetry Contest can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
--Entry fee is $10 per poem. Before emailing poem(s), CLICK ON THIS LINK RIGHT HERE to pay the entry fee by credit card, debit card or e-check. Please make sure you fill out where it says "price" with a dollar amount to include all your entries. Example: if you are submitting one poem, the entry fee is $10. Two poems, $20. Up to six poems (three poems maximum per category); six poems would be a $60 entry fee. Type in correct amount where it says "price".
If you have any problems paying the entry fee through PayPal please let us know immediately.
--Submissions of poetry should then be sent in an email as a microsoft word attachment. If you do not understand what this means or if you have questions, write to email@example.com. If you send the work in the "body" of the email (rather than as an attachment) you risk losing the form of the poetry.
--Author's name and e-mail address must be included at the top of each page of poetry.
--Also specify either "Category 1" or "Category 2" at the top of each poem.
--In the body of the email, confirm that you have paid your entry fee through PayPal, and state the name by which the entry fee was made, if it is different than your own.
--Title e-mail "Summer Poetry Contest".
HOW TO ENTER BY "SNAIL" MAIL
--Poems should be typed or printed on 8 ½ x 11 white paper in a plain, black font.
--Poems that have more than one page should be stapled together or held together with a paperclip, and pages should be numbered.
--The author's name and email address must appear at the top of all pages of poetry.
--Also specify either "Category 1" or "Category 2" at the top of each poem.
--Send one copy of your poem(s), postage paid, to:
Chicago Poetry Contest
c/o C. J. Laity
3345 N. Marshfield #301
Chicago, IL 60657
IMPORTANT: Do not forget to include the entry fee, which is $10 per poem.
--Include a check or money order for the appropriate entry fee ($10 per poem); that is, $10 for one poem, $20 for two poems, and so on, up to a maximum of six poems ($60)—three poems per category. Check or money order must be made out payable to the order of C. J. Laity.
*Entry fees into this contest will be considered gifts to ChicagoPoetry.com and will be used by its publisher, C. J. Laity, to fund the prize money and will also go toward the publication of ChicagoPoetry.com in general and the live poetry events it sponsors. Entry fees are not considered payment for any service or product.
**DEADLINE: Entries must be received by July 31, 2007. Please (and we can't stress this enough), in order to make the judging easier and more accurate, don't wait until the deadline; send in your entries today. Winners will be announced in August. Winners will be invited to (but not required to) read as part of The 2007 Chicago Poetry Fest, Saturday, August 25, from 3 to 7:30 PM, at Mercury Cafe, 1505 W. Chicago Ave.
***All rights revert back to the author and author keeps all copyright of the work after publication at ChicagoPoetry.com.
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Note: ChicagoPoetry.com is pleased to announce the 2007 Summer Poetry Contest, with two contest categories and $200 in cash prizes. Click here for details.