POETRY: 3-5 poems. Please submit only once per reading period. Reading period: October 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020.
FICTION: Short stories up to 5,000 words. Submit only one story per reading period. Reading periods: October 2019 and January 2020.
THE FRANK O'HARA PRIZE, the Worcester County Poetry Association’s annual poetry contest, has an extended deadline of April 30.
Please read complete contest guidelines before entering. Entries not meeting the guidelines will be disqualified, and we cannot refund the submission fee for entries that do not meet the guidelines.
Who Is Eligible:
Only current members of the Worcester County Poetry Association (WCPA), residents of Worcester County, or those who work or attend school in Worcester County are eligible to enter. Entries from people who do not meet these criteria will be disqualified. Previous first place winners are not eligible.
Poems must be the original work of the entrant, in English, and not previously published.
PLEASE DO NOT put your name anywhere on your manuscript. If your name appears anywhere on the manuscript, your entry will be disqualified.
WCPA Members: There is no entry fee for active WCPA Members. Submit up to 3 poems. If you enter as a member but our records indicate that you are not a member, your work will be disqualified.
Non-WCPA Members: Submit up to 3 poems for a fee of $8.00. Note that if you are not a WCPA member, you are only eligible if you reside, work, or attend school in Worcester County.
You may also join WCPA now to be eligible to enter without a fee. To become a member of the WCPA, visit our website and follow the instructions: https://worcester-county-poetry-association.square.site.
As long as your membership form and check arrive by April 30, your work will be eligible.
Judging and Awards:
The 2020 judge is Doug Holder, http://dougholderresume.blogspot.com/. WCPA does not pre-screen poems. All entries are seen by the judge.
First Place: $100 / Second Place: $50 / Third Place $25
Winning poems are published in The Worcester Review, after which all rights revert to the poet.
Winners will be notified by phone. All other entrants will be notified of the results electronically. Contest winners will be announced to the public in June 2020.
All winners are invited to the Winners' Reading and Award Reception in their honor, which will take place in September 2020.
How to Enter:
WCPA Members: Enter in the "WCPA Member Contest Entry" genre. In the "submitter’s comments" field, enter your name, complete street address, and phone number so that we may verify your membership status. Be sure your name does not appear anywhere on your manuscript.
Non-WCPA Members: Enter in the "Non-Member Contest Entry" genre. In the "submitter’s comments" field, enter your name, complete street address, and phone number. If you work or study in Worcester County but do not live in Worcester County, please indicate that as well, so we can verify your eligibility. Be sure your name does not appear anywhere on your manuscript.
The Worcester Review reserves First Publication Rights for all submissions chosen for publication. Payment will be two copies upon publication and (when budget allows) a small honorarium. Because we are slow to respond, we encourage simultaneous submissions. Please promptly withdraw any submissions that find homes elsewhere.