Kelsay Books Women's Poetry Contest
Sponsored by Kelsay Books
in partnership with the
International Women's Writing Guild
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER: Women poets
Entry: September 15 – November 30, 2021
First-round reading period: December 1–14
Finalist reading period for the judge: December 15 – 31
Winners announced: January 2022
ENTRY FEE: $15 for three poems
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org for eligibility information.
JUDGE: Karen Craigo
Karen Craigo is a business reporter at the Springfield (Missouri) Business Journal and was Missouri’s fifth Poet Laureate. She has five poetry collections, including Passing Through Humansville and No More Milk (Sundress, 2018 and 2016) and three chapbooks, and she is also a freelance writer and editor. She lives in Springfield with her husband, Michael Czyzniejewski, and their two sons.
First Place: $500, feature in virtual reading, plus featured poet publication in The Orchards Poetry Journal June 2022 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.
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 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.
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.
2. 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.
2. Write CONTEST in the subject line of your email.
3. The body of the email should contain the titles of your poems,
and your name, address, and 50-word biography.
4. 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.
5. Do NOT put your name in the Word document that has your poems.
We are judging with names redacted.
6. EMAIL YOUR SUBMISSION TO:
~Please pay the $15.00 entry fee below~