95th ANNUAL POETS’ DINNER/CONTEST– Awards at Benicia City Park
Entry Fee $20 Open to All Poets
Presence Required to Claim Awards
Lunch: Sat., June 4, 2022 Noon to 4 p.m.
THEME: “DISCOVERY” (ICC website: https://coolpoetry.org)
GUEST SPEAKER: devorah major
CONTEST DEADLINE: April 6, 2022 (POSTMARKED BEFORE MIDNIGHT) NO CERTIFIED OR REGISTERED MAIL
CATEGORIES (8 topics):: BEGINNINGS & ENDINGS, HUMOR, LOVE, NATURE, PEOPLE, POET’S CHOICE, SPACES & PLACES, THEME (“DISCOVERY”)
Poems must be original, unpublished in any “juried” way, in English, not previous cash prizewinners (Honorable Mentions OK). (Grand Prize & other winning poems may be included in a future anthology. Others will be destroyed after 6/4/22.) 42-line maximum, any form, any style. NUMBER OF ENTRIES: Up to four (4) per person; one (1) per category
1. Type entry on ONE side only of 8 1⁄2 x 11 white paper.
2. Type category topic in upper right-hand corner of each page.
3. DO NOT put your name, etc., ANYWHERE on any entered poem.
4. Send three (3) clear copies of EACH entry (with no illustrations).
5. AUTHOR MUST ATTEND TO CLAIM ANY AWARD.
6. BRING: a Chair, a Lunch, Drinks (water, sodas, wine or beer), Sun Hat, Title and First Line of Poems Submitted.
MAIL ENTRIES and FEE ($20 checks made out to POETS DINNER) TO OUR CONTEST CHAIR:
Judy Bebelaar, 3027 Hillegass Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705
Questions? email@example.com or Dinner Committee member Johanna Ely firstname.lastname@example.org
PRIZES: One POETS DINNER GRAND PRIZE: $100 -- To be chosen from among the first three prize winners in each category. For each CATEGORY: Three Prizes --- $50, $25, $15, plus three Honorable Mentions.
Last Year’s Grand Prize Poem will be read by the author, Robert Eastwood
AWARD PROCEDURE: Winning entries will be read and awards presented ONLY at this 6/4/22 lunch. On slips provided at thelunch, write your name, the title and first line of each poem submitted. Use the slip to claim a winning poem after it is read. If there is NO CLAIM, the prize will go to the next ranked submission. Judges’ decisions are final.
NOTE: The Ina Coolbrith Circle invites all those interested in poetry to its September meeting (place and date TBA) where all winners are invited to read their winning poems.
DONATIONS: Books and monetary contributions to sustain awards may be sent to AWARDS CHAIR, Natica Angilly - 1515 Poplar Ave., Richmond, CA 94805-1662. (Donor calls only, please): (510) 235-0361.
POETRY BOOK TABLE: Please pre-arrange sale space for your books by contacting BOOK TABLE CHAIR, Sandra Anfang, before May 31, 2022, at email@example.com – SPACE LIMITED. Our 75th Anthology, Remembering, will be available.
LOCATION: Saturday, June 4, 2022. 12:00 p.m. at Benicia City Park. 150 Military West, Benicia, CA 94510
Tear off this slip and enclose with entries and entry fee check
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