Annual Poetry Contest

April 9, 2014, 1:00 p.m.



ELIGIBILITY: *Adults over 18; living within a 50-mile radius of St. Louis.

*Any person having won first prize in the contest twice within the last five years is ineligible for further cash awards but may be cited for honors.

RULES: *Submit TWO TYPED COPIES of TWO poems, which have never been published or won an award. 

*Use 8 1/2 x 11 paper with no more than one poem to a page. 

*Sign with pseudonym ONLY. 

*Type real name, address, e-mail address and telephone number on a separate sheet of paper and enclose with poems.  No manuscripts returned.

SEND TO: Marilyn Ortinau; ORIGINAL POETRY CONTEST; 1156 New Ballwin Oaks, Dr., Ballwin, MO 63021

PRIZES:  $500,  $300, $150


*Author of two award-winning books of poetry, Old and New Testaments and The Zone of Paradise
*Author of new book of nonfiction, Framing Innocence:  A Mother’s Photographs, A Prosecutor's Zeal, and a Small Town’s Response
*Recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council
*Published in literary journals, such as The Paris Review and Poetry, and in numerous anthologies, including 180 More:  Extraordinary Poems for Everyday and recent edition of The Norton Introduction to Literature
*Worked extensively as a Poet in the Schools and has taught as a visiting writer at Cornell University, University of Akron and Oberlin College




ELIGIBILITY: High School Students in grades 10 through 12 in High Schools in St. Louis and the St. Louis area.

RULES: Submit TWO original poems. Send THREE copies of each poem, one poem to a page. Students should sign each poem in the upper left hand corner with a PEN NAME. On a separate sheet of paper, student should sign REAL NAME, STREET ADDRESS, ZIP CODE, EMAIL ADDRESS, NAME OF SCHOOL, TEACHER'S FULL NAME and EMAIL ADDRESS and seal in envelope with PEN NAME ON OUTSIDE.

Entries must be submitted through the school’s English Departmentand must follow the rules.  No manuscripts will be returned.

SEND TO: Betty Smith, Junior Poetry Contest, 555 Couch Avenue, Apt. #323, St. Louis, MO 63122, 314-394-1478

EMAIL: bettyjs@charter.net

PRIZES:100, $60, $40, $20, and $10


 *Author of six books of poetry:  Here and Hereafter (2005); Pelican Tracks (2003); Winter Amnesties (2000); Color Photgraphs of the Ruins (1992); Tropical Depressions (1988); Relics (1994)
*Won the Arkansas Poetry Award as well as the Ohioana Poetry Award
*Awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Ohio Arts Council
*Served as editor of the Akron Series in Poetry at the University of Akron Press
*Teaches at University of Akron