The O'Hara prize deadline is April 1.
Also on April 1, The Worcester Review reopens for regular submissions. Read all guidelines very carefully.
THE WORCESTER COUNTY POETRY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST: THE FRANK O'HARA PRIZE
STOP AND READ COMPLETE CONTEST GUIDELINES BEFORE ENTERING!
ENTRIES NOT MEETING THE GUIDELINES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. 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 this 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.
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. Submissions from people who do not meet this criteria will be dismissed. We cannot refund the submission fee for those who fail to read these directions.
JUDGING AND AWARDS:
The 2017 judge is poet Lori Desrosiers
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
Contest winners will be announced June 2016
The Winners' Reading and Award Reception will take place in September 2016
Winners will be notified by phone. All other entrants will be notified of the results electronically.
WCPA does not pre-select poems. All entries are seen by the judge.
HOW TO ENTER:
WCPA MEMBERS: Enter in the "WCPA Member Contest Entry" Genre. In the "submitters 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 "submitters 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, indicate that as well, so that we can verify your eligibility
for this contest. Be sure your name does not appear anywhere on your manuscript.
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What do editors of The Worcester Review want to read?
"I want rhythm, pace, and cadence in a poem." -- Carle Johnson
In poetry, we seek arresting and original imagery, sound-play, and meaningful line breaks. We want poetry that is not only personal, but also touches something bigger than the individual life of the poet; in other words, not cathartic poetry or diary-entries-with-line-breaks, but poetry that speaks to the human condition.
In prose, we seek stories that are not merely competently written, but that elicit an emotional response. We receive many stories that are well-written, but if they do not also have resonance, they are not yet ready for publication.
Open Submissions Periods:
April 1 - June 30
October 1 - December 15
April 1 - June 30
October 1 - November 30
What you can submit:
POETRY: 3-5 poems. Please submit only once per reading period.
Short stories up to 4,000 words. Submit up to two stories per reading period.
For advice about formatting and preferred styles, please read this page. While some of the advice here is specific to use at TWR, there is also good information about typical typesetting rules and grammar. You can improve your chances of acceptance by carefully following our suggestions.
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.