Friday, June 21, 2013

Opportunities for Poets - Contests

 In the large, bustling city of Santiago, in the Dominican Republic, an older man sits quietly on a bench reading about his city.  He isn't phased by the traffic and tourists rushing by around him. He doesn't move or shift his focus from the page. Probably that's because he's made of metal.  He is a replica of Manuel Del Cabral -- one of the Dominican Republic's most well-known poets.

In his honor we're sharing opportunities for Poets this week on Writermorphosis.

Many wordsmiths feel they're swimming up hill when they attempt to get their poems published.  It seems there are very few book editors looking for poems, unless you manage to get one accepted into one of the occasional anthologies of poems for children or adults.  It also may seem that there are very few magazines and hardly any legitimate contests accepting poetry today 

But Poets, please don't panic!   

There are more opportunities out there than you think!

Let's start with the CONTESTS...

I was going to pull together a list of great Poetry Writing Contests for you, but our friend "Creative Genius" has already put together a truly fabulous list of 2013/2014 opportunities:

So I'd encourage all poetry writers to check it out this week and mark your calendars for these
great opportunities.

Now, to remind us why we all love poetry -- and why it's so important, and SO difficult to write, here are a few quotes about poetry, from famous poets and authors:

A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep. --  Salman Rushdie 

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary. -- Khalil Gibran

Poetry: the best words in the best order.Samuel Taylor Coleridge 

One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose. -- Voltaire 

Always be a poet, even in prose. --  Charles Baudelaire 



Joy Acey said...

Fabulous post. Children's poets need all the help we can get. Thank you.

Joy Acey said...

Fabulous post. Children's poets need all the help we can get. Thank you.

Janelle said...

Thanks Joy, You're so right!

And I feel like Poetry lovers out there might be interested in seeing your blog. :) So here it is:

Linda A. said...


Getting a story, poem, or book accepted for publication does remind me of a swim uphill. Good one.