WCPA 2012 Annual Poetry Contest: The Frank O’Hara Prize


Please pass this invite on! Deadline April 1, 2012.

2012 Judge:
We are pleased to announce that Pulitzer Prize winning author, critic, poet and scholar Lloyd Schwartz is our 2012 judge. This NPR Commentator is a good friend of the WCPA and just joined us for this past year’s Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Celebration with a wonderful reading at WPI. Winning Poems are also all published in the 2012 Edition of the nationally recognized journal The Worcester Review.

Submission Guidelines:
– Poems must be the original work of the entrant, in English, and not previously published.
– Submit no more than THREE (3) poems in any form.
– Manuscripts should not be stapled or attached in any way.
– Poems must be typed on 8 1/2″ x 11″ white bond paper. Clean and clear photocopies are acceptable. Email submissions will not be accepted.
– Do not put your name on the individual poems!
– Include a cover sheet with your name, address, telephone number, and the title of each poem.
– Mail contest submissions to: WCPA Poetry Contest 2012, 1 Ekman Street, Worcester, MA 01607

(More details under the fold.)
Who is eligible?
– Residents of Worcester County, or WCPA Members in good standing or
Students or employees of institutions within Worcester County.
– First Place winners of previous WCPA annual poetry contests are not eligible.

Entry Fee
– Non-WCPA members: $5.00 to submit up to 3 poems (not per poem). Make checks payable to: Worcester County Poetry Association. You may join the WCPA or renew your membership with your entry: $12 Student/Elders/Low Income Membership; $30 Individual Membership. Go to Membership Page for additional membership categories.

Contest Deadline:
All entries must be postmarked by April 1, 2012 (Note: April 1st is a Sunday this year so please make sure your submissions are postmarked by end of day on Saturday). Follow contest guidelines carefully; entries not in compliance may be disqualified.

Judging and Awards:
First Place $100 – Second Place $50 – Third Place – $25. Winning poems published in The Worcester Review, after which all rights revert to poet. Contest winners announced June 2012. Winners’ Reading & Award Ceremony to be held September 2012. WCPA Poetry Contest does not pre-select poems: all entries are seen by the contest judge

Additional Notes: Submissions will not be returned. Entrants who wish to be notified of contest results must enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope with their entry.


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