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The 2020-2022 winners can bee seen on the contest winner page here.
2023 Contest Judges
Grand Prize Judge
Matt Forrest Esenwine
1.Poems be written on the theme of "WINTER" (Click here for ideas that fit the theme). At the same time vulgar, profane and adult content is not permitted. Every submission that follows the rules outlined here will be considered for publication.
2.More then one poem may be submitted (Maximum 3) but must be entered as a separate submission and entry fee.
3.The submitted work must be the words of the submitter.
4.Before you submit, please remove any identifying information, such as your name, from your manuscript.
5.Poem must be 35 lines or less, including stanza breaks not including the title. Lines may not be more than 50 characters across, including spaces.
6.Capital letters should be used at the start of each line and follow proper capitalization rules unless being used to emphasize something. DO NOT write the entire poem in caps.
7.Please proofread your submission for grammatical errors.
8.DO NOT use "texting lingo". Properly spell all words.
9.To ensure proper lineation, please use the "Enter" key to start a new line, indicating intended breaks.
10. There is a small fee of $6 to enter the contest. This fee will help provide the cash prize(s) that will increase as more people submit. A single cash prize can be from $20-$600. See below for cash prize breakdown.
11.Winning poems will be published in A Year of Poetry Tea Time Winter and must be an original work by the person entering the contest. Plagiarism is against the law with serious consequences.
12.All individuals poem will remain the property of the author. A Year of Poetry Tea Time (formerly Little Rabbit Trails) will have the right to publish winning submissions with no additional obligation to pay any royalties.
Conflicts of Interest: Anyone who is a direct relative of a judge
may not enter in that age group they are judging.
Fees collected from submissions will be used to award cash prizes in addition to publishing, printing and mailing prizes.
It will also cover additional costs to run this contest.
All scale levels include being published in the poetry book A Year Of Poetry Tea Time: Spring.
The Grand Prize winner, top 3 poets in each age group, PLUS 7 Author's Picks (or more), will be published
# of entries Grand Prize First Place Second Place Third Place