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Apr
3
Fri
2020
Sandy Library Poetry Slam @ Sandy Public Library
Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm

The Sandy Library Poetry Slam will be held on April 3rd, 2020 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Refreshments provided. Friends and family are encouraged to attend to support the poets. ONLY ONE POEM can be entered into the contest; there will be time to share additional poems later in the evening.

Please fill out the Entry Form at https://www.ci.sandy.or.us/library-programs by Tuesday, March 31st. If you don’t register, you can still participate but your name will not appear in the program.

Basic Rules:
• Poets and performers, ages 8 and up, are welcome to work in groups or individually.
• Poems must be appropriate for an all-ages audience.
• It is best if the poems are memorized, but not essential.
• Each presentation must be limited to 3 minutes.
• A panel of judges will choose the winners; contestants will be judged on creativity and presentation.
• Participants must write the poems they present.
• The contestant must be present to win.
The winner in each category will receive $25; the Grand Prize winner will receive $100 cash.

Apr
10
Fri
2020
Friends of the Columbia Gorge Spring Haiku Contest through April 15th
Apr 10 @ 1:30 am – Apr 15 @ 5:00 pm

In celebration of National Poetry Month and International Haiku Poetry Day on April 17, Friends of the Columbia Gorge is launching a Spring Gorge Haiku Challenge. While we all refrain from connecting to the Gorge physically, for the greater good, we can still stay connected virtually and celebrate the Gorge’s wonders from home by writing three simple but meaningful lines of verse.

More…

https://gorgefriends.org/newsroom/blog/2020-04-09/friends-announces-spring-gorge-haiku-challenge.html

May
10
Sun
2020
Montreal International Poetry Prize @ McGill University, Montreal, Canada
May 10 @ 2:30 pm – Jun 1 @ 1:11 am

The Montreal International Poetry Prize, initially founded with assistance from Leonard Cohen, awards $20,000 CAD to the writer of a single poem. Click here to learn more about the Montreal Prize and its new ways of thinking about the arts in a time of global crisis.

Deadline June 1st: submit online at the link above.

Jun
29
Mon
2020
Call for Submissions: Sensations Magazine Best Newcomer Contest @ Sensations Magazine
Jun 29 all-day

Sensations Magazine, now in its fourth decade of publication, is sponsoring a Best Newcomer contest for its next issue, which will carry the theme “Global Warming.” The entry fee is $10 for up to three poems. The deadline is June 29. The contest is open solely to poets who haven’t appeared in Sensations Magazine. For details, visit www.sensationsmag.com and click on “Contest.”

Aug
8
Sat
2020
OPA Pandemic Anthology
Aug 8 @ 2:02 am – Sep 1 @ 5:00 pm

Deadline September 1st. For details and to submit, click here.

Oct
15
Thu
2020
Submissions Open for The Poeming Pigeon @ via Submittable
Oct 15 – Dec 15 all-day

“FROM PANDEMIC TO PROTEST”

Due to 2020 spinning completely out of control, we decided to memorialize-in-print the great poetry that is being written about the issues that have occupied our minds and our hearts this year. We are looking for poetry about the COVID-19 Pandemic, Black Lives Matters Protests, Presidential Election, Fires, Hurricanes, Murder Hornets, and everything in-between. We welcome all voices and styles of poetry written in response to these issues, including how we cope and find hope. If hindsight really is 20/20, then let this issue serve as an important reminder of what truly happened…before history becomes altered or white-washed as it has so many times before.

Submissions Open: Oct 15 – Dec 15, 2020

This issue scheduled for release in Fall 2021.

Feb
1
Mon
2021
The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize-2021 @ via Submittable
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day

THE POETRY BOX CHAPBOOK PRIZE – 2021

It’s time for the fourth annual Poetry Box Chapbook Prize.
Submission Period: Feb 1 – 28, 2021

First Prize:
$500 and 10 copies of their published chapbook PLUS distribution of their winning chapbook to ALL contest entrants.
Second Prize:
$100 and 5 copies of their published chapbook.
Third Prize:
$50 and 5 copies of their published chapbook.

This year’s judge will be Annie Lighthart.
The contest is open to poets residing within the United States and the winner will be announced in July.
Entry fee is $25 and all entrants receive a free physical copy of the winning chapbook mailed to them.

All guidelines and details on how to enter can be found at:

https://thepoetrybox.com/the-poetry-box-chapbook-prize-2021

PAST WINNERS

2020:
1st Prize: The Day of My First Driving Lesson by Tiel Aisha Ansari (Oregon)
2nd Prize: My Mother Never Died Before by Marcia Loughran (New York)
3rd Prize: Off Coldwater Canyon by C.W. Emerson (California)

2019:
1st Prize: Moroccan Holiday by Lauren Tivey (Florida)
2nd Prize: Hello, Darling by Christine Higgins (Maryland)
3rd Prize: Falling into the River by Debbie Hall (California)

2018:
1st Prize: Shrinking Bones by Judy K. Mosher (New Mexico)
2nd Prize: November Quilt by Penelope Scambly Schott (Oregon)
3rd Prize: 14: Antologia del Rio Grande by Christopher Bogart (New Jersey)
(tie) Fireweed by Gudrun Bortman (California)

Questions? Email [email protected]om

PLEASE NOTE ALL SUBMISSIONS VIA SUBMITTABLE ONLY.

Apr
25
Sun
2021
Call for poems in response to a painting and/or a song
Apr 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This year the Mid-Valley Poetry Society’s spring Poetry in Performance program will be a Zoom event, held Sunday, April 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. It will focus on the theme “Healing Fractures” and will feature presentations by Salem painter and writer Cynthia Herron and singer-songwriter Kristen Grainger of the folk-bluegrass group True North.

In anticipation of this program, the MVPS is inviting poets to write poems in response to a visual work, “Low Field with Mended Oak Leaf,” by Cynthia Herron and/or a song, “The Ghost of Abuelito,” by Kristen Grainger. (Abuelito is Spanish for grandpa or granddad – an affectionate variant of abuelo/grandfather.) Then attend the April 25th event and perform the poems during the open mic segment of the program.

Three images of Herron’s work are attached – one showing the entire painting and two showing details of different areas. What the images on a flat screen can’t show: It’s 24” W x 20” H and nearly two inches thick; the niche in the center is six inches square and about an inch and a half deep.

To hear Grainger’s song in a performance with the True North band, enter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awdcRGNcOzA in your web browser.

These two works, the visual piece and the song, inspired the idea of a Poetry in Performance program on the theme of “Healing Fractures.” We hope that one or both will inspire you to write a poem in response and that you will share the poem(s) during the open mic segment of the April 25th program.

Please share this call with other poets you know. More information on the entire program will follow soon.