Kelsay Books Women’s Poetry Contest 2023

We are now closed for submissions.
Thank you to everyone who submitted their work!
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For results of the 2022 contest, click HERE
 
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WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER:

Women poets

 

CONTEST DATES:

Entry: November 1, 2023 – February 15, 2024

First-round reading period: February 15–Feb 28

Finalist reading period for the judge: March 1–15

Winners announced: March 15, 2024

 

PRIZES:

First Place

$500

Feature in virtual reading

Featured poet publication in The Orchards Poetry Journal Summer 2024

Free print contributor copy of the Summer 2024 issue

No reading fee for one future manuscript submission to Kelsay Books

 

Second Place

$100

Publication in The Orchards Poetry Journal Summer 2024

Free print contributor copy of the Summer 2024 issue

No reading fee for one future manuscript submission to Kelsay Books.

 

Two Honorable Mentions

Publication in The Orchards Poetry Journal Summer 2024

Free print contributor copy of the Summer 2024 issue

No reading fee for one future manuscript submission to Kelsay Books

 

ENTRY FEE:

$15 for three poems

Submit fee at the bottom of this page

(Enter as many times as you wish)

  

JUDGE:

Allison Joseph

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Allison Joseph lives, writes, and teaches in Carbondale, IL, where she is on the creative writing faculty at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Born in London, UK to parents of Caribbean lineage, she has lived in Toronto, Canada and the Bronx, NY. She holds degrees from Kenyon College and Indiana University. Her many books of poetry include Confessions of a Barefaced Woman (Red Hen Press), Lexicon (Red Hen Press), and Professional Happiness (Backbone Press). Her honors include a nomination for the NAACP Image Award in Poetry, fellowships from the Breadloaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences, and being selected as the Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She is the widow of the much-missed poet and editor Jon Tribble.

 
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WHAT TO ENTER:

Poetry, any form, up to 30 lines in length

File Type: Word documents (no PDFs, please)

Simultaneous Submissions: Not accepted

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

Note: No revisions after submission

 
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HOW TO ENTER:

1. First, pay the entry fee (see below).  For 13 poems, the cost is $15.00.
Multiple entries are allowed.

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.

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.

5. Submit 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.
Send a new email for each batch of submissions.

6. Do NOT put your name in the Word document containing your poems.
We are judging with names redacted.

     

    SEND SUBMISSIONS HERE:

    womenscontestsub@gmail.com

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