CONTEST ALERT! National Poetry Month starts in April. To celebrate, I am hosting a poetry contest! To enter, send in your original poems on the subject of mental illness or any other issue you are struggling with (relationships, addiction, grief, etc). I will post the submissions on this blog over the course of National Poetry Month and announce the SIX winners the first week in May.
FIRST PRIZE is a signed Advanced Readers Copy my new book, You Are Not Here (ARC = early copy of the book. You'll have it months before it goes on sale!) and a signed copy of I Don't Want to Be Crazy.
FIVE RUNNERS UP will win a signed copy of I Don't Want to Be Crazy.
For more info and guidelines, see below.
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How do I enter?
1) Email ONE poem to
2) Put “Poetry Month Contest” in the subject line.
3) Copy and paste the three questions below into the top of your email. Then fill in the answers.
Do you want to post anonymously? ______________
If not, how would you like your name to appear? (first name only, full name, initials, etc.) ______________
What is your age? ______________
What are the guidelines?
Keep poems to under 500 words.
Posts must be original. By submitting to this contest you are certifying that this work is yours.
Submit only about topics relating to mental illness or other issues you are struggling with (relationships, addiction, etc). Posts that are off topic will NOT be posted.
Take care and pride in your post. Please review your submission carefully before emailing me.
What else should I know?
You post will appear sometime during National Poetry Month (April 2010)
Your post is yours. By posting you are NOT giving me any rights to your words.
I will put links to this contest and the submissions Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc.