Kelsay Books Women's Poetry Contest 2022

Sponsored by Kelsay Books
in partnership with the
International Women's Writing Guild
 
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WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER: Women poets

CONTEST DATES:

Entry: September 15 – November 30, 2022

First-round reading period: December 1–14

Finalist reading period for the judge: December 15–31

Winners announced: January 2023

ENTRY FEE: $15 for three poems

submit fee at the bottom of this page

(Enter as many times as you wish) 

A limited number of International Women’s Writing Guild entry fee scholarships are available for those financially unable to pay the fee; please contact writers@iwwg.org for eligibility information.

  

JUDGE: Katie Manning

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Katie Manning is the founding editor-in-chief of Whale Road Review and a professor of writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She is the author of Tasty Other, which won the 2016 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, and her sixth chapbook is How to Play (Louisiana Literature Press, 2022). Her poems have appeared in American Journal of Nursing, december, The Lascaux Review, New Letters, Poet Lore, and many other venues, and her poem “What to Expect” was recently featured on the Poetry Unbound podcast from The On Being Project. Find her online at www.katiemanningpoet.com.

PRIZES:

First Place: $500, feature in virtual reading, plus featured poet publication in The Orchards Poetry Journal June 2023 issue, a contributor copy of the print issue, no reading fee for one future manuscript submission to Kelsay Books.

 

Second Place: $100, plus publication in The Orchards Poetry Journal, a contributor copy of the issue, no reading fee for one future manuscript submission to Kelsay Books.

 

Two Honorable Mentions: Publication in The Orchards Poetry Journal, contributor copy of the issue, no reading fee for one future manuscript submission to Kelsay Books.

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SUBMISSION METHOD: email

NOTES: No revisions after submission.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: No

FORMS: Poetry, any form, up to 30 lines in length.

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED: Previously published poems

are accepted as long as the author retains rights.

JUDGING METHOD: We are judging with names redacted. Remove your name from your poetry document.

We accept word documents; no PDFs, please.

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSION:

  1. First, pay the entry fee (see below).  For 1-3 poems, the cost is $15.00

Multiple entries are allowed. Submit your payment and email

1-3 of your poems in one Word document.

 

  1. Include your PayPal transaction ID inside the body of your email.

The transaction ID is emailed to you once the Paypal

payment has been accepted.

 

3. Write CONTEST in the subject line of your email.

 

4. The body of the email should contain the titles of your poems and your name, address, and 50-word biography.

 

  1. Submit your 1-3 poems in ONE word document attached to the email.

If you send multiple entries, you must pay new submission fees

and submit a new Word document for each group of poems.

 

  1. Do NOT put your name in the Word document containing your poems.

We are judging with names redacted.

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  1. Now Closed to submissions

kelsay.karen@gmail.com

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