"Apollo and King Midas" by Simon FloquetThe Society of Classical Poets 2022 Poetry Competition The Society September 1, 2021 From the Society, Poetry, Poetry Contests 13 Comments “Select, all ye who write, a subject fit, A subject not too mighty for your wit! Before you lay your shoulders to the wheel, Weigh well their strength, and all their weakness feel!” —Horace (65-8 B.C.) First Prize: $2,000. Publication on the Society’s website and Journal. . Submission Fee: $20 (The fee comes with a free subscription to our monthly e-Newsletter.) . Submit: One to three poems on any topic. All together, the poems should total 108 lines or less. First click here to pay the submission fee, then email as a Word file or in the email body to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Poetry Contest Submission” in the subject line of the email. Poems must contain meter (beginners and students may simply count syllables). Rhyme and other traditional techniques are encouraged as well, but not required. (To learn how to write poetry with meter, see a brief beginner’s guide on common iambic meter here or a more elaborate beginner’s guide to many kinds of meter here. See a guide to poetry forms here.) You may alternatively mail a check made out to the Society of Classical Poets to Evan Mantyk, Society of Classical Poets, 11 Heather Ln. Mount Hope, NY 10940. . Deadline: December 31, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EST. Winners announced February 1, 2022 on our e-Newsletter and on the Society’s homepage. . High School Prize: $200. See details here. . Translation Prize: $100. See details here. . Judges: Joseph S. Salemi, acclaimed New Formalist poet, editor of TRINACRIA, essayist for Expansive Poetry Online, professor, New York University, Hunter College James Sale, poetry critic, award-winning British poet, Arts columnist, The Epoch Times Evan Mantyk, editor of the Society of Classical Poets Journal and website . Judges Sale, Salemi, and Mantyk (L-R) Who May Participate? Anyone from any country of any background. If you are outside the United States, you would need to have a PayPal account to receive the prize money should you win First Place. . Additional Details The poem should be written in 2021. They may be previously published. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Past First Place winners and the Society’s executive staff are prohibited from participating. You do not have to be a Member of the Society to participate. You will retain ownership of your submitted poetry. By submitting it to the Society for publication or for inclusion in the contest, should it rank among winners or receive an honorable mention, you give the Society permission to publish it online on this website, in the Society of Classical Poets Journal, and in publications promoting the SCP’s mission or this annual contest, but the SCP would not be able to sell your individual poem on its own or have any further rights over it beyond these purposes. You could publish it anywhere else or sell it to any publication as desired. You can enter up to three submissions, each containing one to three poems, not exceeding 108 lines in total per submission. Each submission requires the standard entry fee of $20. . Past Winners 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 . Poetry Writing Resources A Simple Guide to Forms and Examples from the Society of Classical Poets “Freeware Prosody” by Expansive Poetry Online How to Write Classical Poetry by the Society of Classical Poets “The Hard Edges of a Poem” by Joseph S. Salemi The Prosody Handbook: A Guide to Poetic Form by Robert Beum and Karl Shapiro Writing Metrical Poetry by William Baer . . 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We’re glad that you’re ineligible And cannot send your poems in. They would be so intelligible That once again, no doubt, you’d win. Reply Michael Pietrack November 30, 2021 I guess we all must now assume That James will use a nom de plume, And with a little judge’s grease, Submit the contest’s winning piece! Reply James Sale December 1, 2021 Michael: A nom de plume I’ll not; Too happy with the name I’ve got! James Sale September 3, 2021 The Poets taking liberties with names! It’s Jim Sale, then? Hell it is – call me James. But still The Tweedie means well indeed: So glad my work’s intelligible to read! Reply Sally Cook September 3, 2021 Dear James Sale — No matter what a state I’m in — New York, PA, Midwest, West Coast, — Depressed, elated, or confused, You’ll find no adjective misused, No awkward line whence I begin, No weeping, and no foolish boast, Consider my work just perfection — A joy for your august inspection, A fine creation meant to last With rhyme and reason tight and fast. Should you not like it, think it’s wrong I’ll make for you a better song. Reply James Sale September 4, 2021 Thanks Sally – I can see my simple ditty is inspiring poets across the USA – perhaps further? – to sharpen their saws: practising their technical skills in order to push further forward towards that tempting prize!!! Hmmm!!! God bless you all. Reply Paul Freeman September 4, 2021 ‘Tis time to poetically shine; on my word-perfect verse you shall dine. It’s like diamonds and gold, or the finest joint rolled, or a bottle of Cabernet wine. Reply James Sale September 5, 2021 Cabernet great, Paul – but never been a ‘finest joint rolled’ kind of a guy!!! Thanks for the thought, though. Reply Ravi Choks October 9, 2021 Hi, One of my poem for submission is a Glose or Glosa, a Spanish form. It starts with an epigraph of four lines taken from another poet’s work. These four lines act as a refrain in the actual poem. Now my query is, will you count these four epigraph lines as part of the overall 108 lines count? Reply The Society November 10, 2021 No. Epigraphs do not count. 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.