"Vanitas Still Life" by Edwaert Collier2018 Poetry Competition Announced The Society September 1, 2017 Poetry Contests 46 Comments Submit three to five poems, each of which does not exceed 50 lines. Email as a word file or in the email body to email@example.com. Put “Poetry Competition Submission” in the subject line of the email. There is no submission fee, no age requirement, and no country restriction. For the high school prize, only one poem in any theme is required and indicate what high school you are enrolled in to qualify. Translations should not exceed 50 lines. The poems must be within the four themes used by the Society, and at least one poem must be in the Issues of Our Age theme: (1) The Issues of Our Age: A. Human Rights in China. In a globalized world, the human rights violations in China are essentially in our own backyard. Particularly heinous is the persecution of the peaceful meditation practice Falun Gong. B. Terrorism and Communism. Terrorists, communists, and their ideologies plague the world like hate-filled cancers that do not seem to go away. How can the world defeat such insidious foes? C. The Environment. Though debate remains over climate change and GMOs, environmental pollution undeniably compromises our water and air. Nature’s beauty and purity is victimized by technology and industrialization. (2) Beautiful & Sublime: Beauty in human nature, culture, the natural world, classical art forms, and the divine. (3) Humor & Riddles: Clean humor only please. (4) Great Culture: Good figures, stories, and other elements from classical (pre-1900) history and literature. Submission deadline for competition: December 31, 2017 Winners announced: February 1, 2018 Prizes First Prize: $500 Second Prize Third Prize Fourth Prize High School Prize: $100 Essay Prize (Topic must demonstrate the value of classical poetry) Translation Prize: $100 Hudson Valley, New York Poetry Prize: $100 (Orange, Sullivan, Ulster, Rockland, Duchess, and Putnam counties of New York State) Additional Details Metered and rhymed poetry is preferred but not required. We usually do not publish love poems, free verse, or overly dark poems that don’t teach a positive lesson. Poems are judged based on both form and character. The poem should ideally be written in 2017, but does not have to be. It is okay if you have submitted it to other contests or posted it on your blog, or if it’s been selected for publication in another journal. Feedback on poetry is not provided, but common feedback can be found here. Learn how to write classical style poetry here. We note that you will retain ownership of your poetry. By submitting it to the Society for publication or for inclusion in the contest, you give the Society the rights to possibly publish it online on this website, in a Society of Classical Poets journal, or in the Epoch Times newspaper (online and in print), but we would not be able to sell your individual poem on its own or have any further rights over it beyond these forums. You could publish it anywhere else or sell it to any publication as desired. The first step in publishing is to have it published on the Society’s homepage and we will check with you first to confirm if we have your permission to do so. At that time you may indicate that we do or do not. Alternatively, when submitting you may add a note stating “do not publish if not a winner.” Translations should be of Romantic period or earlier poetry. The topic does not matter. Translations are in addition to regular poetry submissions. You may submit up to three translations in addition to five original poems. The competition is judged by Evan Mantyk, President of the Society, and other participating Executive Staff. You do not have to be a member of the Society to participate. Any submissions for the Hudson Valley Prize automatically compete for the general prize as well. If you want to qualify for the Hudson Valley prize, please indicate so in your submission and include your address. Advisory Board members may participate. Past Winners 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 46 Responses Morgan Downs September 1, 2017 Can we submit poems which have been published here if we consider it our best? Reply The Society September 1, 2017 Yes. Reply Joseph September 10, 2017 Can Canadian poets submit? Reply The Society September 10, 2017 Yes. Reply Mary May 18, 2018 GOLD Though all the gold you give my heart With my soul I shall never part. A dress of stars I rather wear. And moon light shining in my hair. And dreams of rainbow spun and spun. Nothing is equal under the sun. To finding the pearl of great price. If you miss it -you have blinked twice. Divers can dive under the sea. They will all fade in memory. They can bring me castle and keys. I found the key I need for me. World keep your pomp and pompous pride I with the canopy of starlight ride. I dance with the moonlight romance. I play in fields where butterflies prance. From star to star, I hang my head. The clouds for my mind are my bed. I found a place where sorrows shed. You can’t sell me what to me is dead. Money is cold and lies grow old. I have the lamp and she I hold. Above my head , she is unfurled. She isn’t just another girl. I don’t compete and I don’t fight. In my own class and my own right. There is no prize but living in light. The Statue of liberty another height. I swapped all of the world, the world. For one great and mysterious pearl. She fears not even at world’s end. On her I can always depend. -Anastacia Fearless omenka October 12, 2017 Can Nigerian poets submit? Reply The Society October 12, 2017 Yes. There is no country restriction. Reply Satyananda Sarangi October 16, 2017 Greetings! If we can send poems already published on the Society’s website, then do we have to mention which ones are those and which ones are fresh? ( For instance, one may send two previously published poems along with two other unpublished ones. In that case, do we need to mention?) Regards Reply The Society October 16, 2017 It is not necessary to do so. Reply Lorraine October 20, 2017 Are there cash prizes for the second to fourth winners? Reply J. Simon Harris November 7, 2017 Are translations of classical poetry (e.g. Homer, Dante) valid for submission to this contest? Reply The Society November 7, 2017 Dear J. Simon Harris, The guidelines have been updated to include a Translation prize. Translations should not exceed 50 lines. Excerpts of longer works, such as those by Dante or Homer, may of course be submitted. Reply J. Simon Harris November 8, 2017 That’s great news! Thank you for the quick response. prerna November 13, 2017 Will we get the email regarding our poems been selected or even rejected? Reply The Society November 13, 2017 You should receive an email confirming that your poems were received. Other than that, you should check this website on February 1, 2018 for the results. Reply Chika Ojukwu November 14, 2017 Can you submit for both the high school prize and the general prize? Reply The Society November 15, 2017 Sure. Just indicate so on your submission email. Reply judith December 7, 2017 should the poems be submitted anonymously or information like name, country of residence, etc be attached? Reply The Society December 7, 2017 Your name is enough. The other information is good but not required. Reply Debbie December 9, 2017 Do you submit each poem separately or as one email? Reply The Society December 9, 2017 One email is preferred. Thank you. Reply Maya December 11, 2017 If i am romanian, for example, do my poems need to be translated in english? Reply The Society December 11, 2017 Yes. Reply Lenore December 18, 2017 Please clarify..do I send my poems via email ..no attachments just the poems ? (I’m tech challenged so sending them just typed into a regular email is preferable). Thanks. Reply The Society December 18, 2017 Yes, that’s fine. Send them in your email body and/or as an attachment. Reply Lenore December 27, 2017 Is it permissible to add the my name and the words ‘copyright 2017’ after each poem? Reply Lenore December 27, 2017 Please advise regarding if it’s ok to add my name and ‘copyright 2017’ following each poem? Also is there a preferable or required font type/size? Thank you. Reply The Society December 27, 2017 You may put the copyright. Poets retain copyright over their poems. Times New Roman, 12 point font is good, but not required. Lenore December 27, 2017 I would like to submit in several categories ..should I identify the categories before each poem submitted? Reply The Society December 27, 2017 Identifying categories is optional. Reply Lenore December 28, 2017 My apologies for asking so many questions…I appreciate your patience, time, and responses ..submitting online is new for me. One last question…Is email the only way we will be contacted in any case” Thank you again. Reply Naja Barnes December 28, 2017 How will we be able to get the prizes? Reply Janice Canerdy December 28, 2017 I clicked on “terrorism” (above in instructions) and found information about Islamic terrorists. Must poems about terrorism be about Islam? Thank you. Janice Reply The Society December 28, 2017 Not necessarily. Reply Lenore December 29, 2017 I submitted yesterday. Is it possible to get confirmation that our submissions are received? Thank you. Reply Sara December 31, 2017 Hello, I already submitted my 3 poems but I just noticed that one poem shouldn’t be longer than 50 lines. However, some of the “lines” in my poem are only 1-5 words so they are not at all the length an actual line. Is this still acceptable? Thank you! Reply The Society December 31, 2017 In theory it should be okay in that case, since a standard line of classical poetry is usually at least 8 – 10 syllables. Reply TOSO December 31, 2017 Submtted yesterday, but I’ve not been sent any message that shows that my poems have been received. i feel unassured! My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply The Society December 31, 2017 The confirmation email can take two to three weeks. If you don’t receive within two weeks, please contact us. Then, if it turns out that we didn’t get, you may still forward us the email from your sent box (to prove you sent on Dec. 31 or before) and you will still qualify. Reply Michelle Palmer January 3, 2018 Water is a source of strength a vital role in our society now it this vital strength was stripped of all its good intentions the position filled the sea from leaking cargos are core treatment was stolen in a vast storm now what lay in are reach was anxiety and disease are normal society dead like bird flu a vaccine was a distant ray of hope and reality was mute but simple a glimpse of care was a permanent. Remedy to remember. Reply Nel January 15, 2018 Unfortunately, i just saw this competition and I have missed the deadline I wanted to know when this competition will take place again Reply Sr. fatimanayaki.A.C January 23, 2018 As eighteen year old Meena was gazing at the Coffin of her Mother, That was placed in the hearse; she stood still like a pillar not moving further The hearse was moving, the procession of the sympathizers Too were moving, empathetically following the hearse. Meena just 28 a Tamil girl, the elder daughter of the two, Was loved by Mr. & Mrs Rohan too, Traumatized with the sudden death of her Mother; When she bade farewell leaving her with her Sister and ailing Father. She needed befriending with the Touch of the Human and the Divine, While the Funeral procession continued to move in line; She was still standing as a rock It was a sight for all and real shock. Sr. Shanthi put her hand around Meena and led her gently To the Cemetery to bid farewell to her Mother gently She responded generously and poured out her grief to weep In sighs and tears till her mother was laid in the grave to sleep. Years sped and time healed the sorrowing Meena As Sr. Shanthi got a Wedding Invitation and she went in haste “In His Time He makes all things beautiful, it was her belief As Meena wedded Malik and brought her great relief. Yes! Malik was a Sinhalese boy in whose house, Mr. Rohan – a Tamil, heart patient, rented an annex with his spouse, While Meena‘s mother, taking to the hotel cooked meals, for sale, A container collided with the Auto and she died – a horrifying tale. It was also a time of Ethnic war in a swing Revenge and violence at rampant on a wing Malik turning twenty was sympathetically moved When he decided to take Meena as his life partner. There is no barrier, caste, Nationality and creed When your heart opens up to compassionate need We need to break the fetters of all darkened areas As the world needs you and me to make a difference. By :Sr. Fatimanayaki.A.C Contact Mobile: Whatsapp: 0771090772 Carmel Hill Convent, Ampitiya Sri Lanka Reply Sr. fatimanayaki.A.C January 23, 2018 Thanks for publishing it,is a true story & an event – But names are hooked ones Reply Gangadhar Sivaswamy February 1, 2018 I have gone through the questions and answers and interested in participating in the next i.e. forthcoming competition. Will you inform me when it will start in 2018,last date for submission etc. Reply The Society March 16, 2018 September 1. Reply Ayodeji April 8, 2018 If I submit my peom, those that means am automatically into the contest, or they is still a step I have to follow? Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.