How To Enter:
PLEASE do not
submit poems in person, at the store, or at a festival!
Tess and Matthew
Avelland will be judging the poems, and don't wish
to be influenced
at all, even by knowing who is entering the contest.
More on anonymity:
All poems, whether submitted by email or US mail,
will be opened by
a third party, who will make the entries anonymous before
they are given to
the contest judges. Identifying numbers will be assigned,
so that each poem
can be traced back to the poet's contact information.
Send your name,
address, phone number, preferred email address,
and your poem(s)
The contest email address
will be checked
ONLY by our volunteer, who is not involved in the judging.
payment of $1 per poem to the same email address
If you do not have PayPal, you may also send
cash (or a money
order made out to Midnight Muse) to the address below.
accompanied by the correct entry fee(s) will not be eligible
for the contest.
Via US Mail:
If submitting your
poems via US mail, please enclose the following:
1) A typewritten
cover sheet with your name, address, phone, email, and
the title and
first line of each poem you are entering.
2) Your poem(s),
typewritten, on separate sheets with no identifying info.
3) The entry fee
of $1 per poem. You may send cash, or a money order
made out to
Midnight Muse, or if you prefer you can pay for your entries
via PayPal (send
payment to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please address any
snail mail as follows:
ATTN: POETRY CONTEST
Tower Place Mall
28 W. 4th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Entries will not
be returned to you after the judging, unless you enclose
RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
~There is no age
requirement, but all poems will be judged on adult
merit. If the best
poet ends up being fifteen, so be it, but there will not
be a separate
category for the poetry of children or adolescents.
~Poems must be in
English, but people from any country may enter.
~We recommend that
poems be shorter than 40 lines, but if your best
poem is longer,
don't cut it down to size -- just go ahead and send it in.
~There is a $1
entrance fee per poem. The fee is not refundable. There is
no limit to the
number of poems you can enter.
~You do not need
to send all your poems at once -- because who knows
when the Muse will
speak to you? You can send a poem now, another in
a week, and
another right before the deadline if you like.
~Poems remain the
property of the poet, of course, but the winners will be
published in a
future Midnight Muse newsletter, and on the Midnight Muse
accreditation, of course, your name appearing as you choose).
~Any poem type is
acceptable. Rhyming poems are not required, and in
most cases not
even recommended, since expression can be limited by
structure, especially for less experienced poets.
~Poems should be
on a Midnight Muse theme: gods and goddesses,
faeries and nature
spirits, mermaids, mythology and legend, magic and
night, magical animals, sacred sites, seasonal folklore.
submissions is December 22, 2007 ~ the Winter Solstice.
Winners will be
announced December 31,
2007 ~ New Year's Eve.
don't wish to participate in the contest, but would like
contribute a donation towards the winners' gift certificates,
us. The more entries and donations we receive,
more prizes we can offer to the poets!