Poetry Prize Awards ’20

Closed For Entries

MAIN CATEGORY

  • Round 1

After the nomination period is over, the Jury will read through the entries and select the BEST 50 entries from the lots to move on to the next round.

***The number of qualifiers is subject to change based on the number of entries we receive — it can be more or less.

  • Round 2

At this round, thorough readings and judging will be done by the Jury to scale the number to the BEST 25 entries from the lots to move on to the next round.

***The number of qualifiers is subject to change based on the number of entries we receive — it can be more or less.

  • Round 3

SPECIAL CATEGORIES: These are extra categories attached to the main PPA ’20 to give out more awards to many poets who might not be part of the winners of the main award.

  • People’s Choice Award

This category is a special category and not the MAIN category.  Winners of this particular special category will be based solely on the court of public opinion. The higher your votes, the higher your chances of winning.

Poets can choose not to participate in this category. It is optional but mind you, there are prizes to be won.

Any poet who will opt to have their entry run in this special category should be ready to get people to vote for their entry when the time is up. Details about this category and how the voting will be given out when the nomination process is over.

  • Jury’s Choice Award

This category is a special category and not the MAIN category.  Nominees of this particular special category will be asked, aside from their entry, to do extra tasks by the jury.  It can be anything!

Poets can choose not to participate in this category. It is optional but mind you, there are prizes to be won.

Any poet who will opt to have their entry run in this special category should be ready to get an email from the Jury on the task they must do.

Details about this category and how to go about it will be given out when the nomination process is over.

  • New Poet’s Awards

This category is a special category and not the MAIN category.  Nominees of this particular special category should be new poets who have only ONE year of experience as a poet.

Any poet who will opt to have their entry run in this special category should be ready to get an email from the Jury to provide proof to their claim.

Details about this category and how to go about it will be given out when the nomination process is over.

DEADLINE: 20th January 2020

Read these carefully and make sure you follow each and every one of them to make you eligible.

  • Only submit ONE poem, ONE time. Submitting multiple poems will cause disqualification. Only one poem per poet will be accepted.

 

  • No restrictions on form, length, subject or style. Let your creativity run wild!

 

  • Previously published poems, including those that have appeared on websites, blogs, and personal home pages, are not eligible. To enter, write a new poem!

 

  • Avoid plagiarism. Any submission you make should be your own work!

 

  • Your work should be in English.  Your work must be thoroughly edited before being sent to us. This will also be a deciding factor for our selections. Be sure to proofread your poem for any grammatical errors. Do not use “texting” lingo. Properly spell out all words.

 

  • The poets whose works are selected will retain the copyright of their works.

 

  • You need to fill-up the form provided below to submit your entry.

 

  • No entry fee required.

 

  • We encourage all individuals to share this contest [not mandatory]

NOTE:

Incomplete and late applications will not be considered. Make sure you have followed these guidelines or your application may be rejected. All applications must be submitted via the application form below.

 

Due to the number of entries we receive, only selected poets will be contacted. 

Our editors will not be able to communicate with poets whose entries are not selected on areas of improvement in their works.

Check back later for full details on prizes.

 

 


ll entries for the Poetry Prize Awards ’20 will be judged based on the following criteria.

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  • Form/Style —

The character of the poem, like Rhymed and Metered (RM) or Free Verse (FV). Each poem will looked at for what it is and not compared to others.

  • Rhyme/Rhythm —

Whether rhyme and/or rhythm are a characteristic of the poem, and if so, whether the rhymes are natural and sensible or artificial and forced, and whether the rhythm (which also applies to free verse) is consistent with the character of the poem.

  • Poetic Devices —

The number and effectiveness of those poetic elements that raise poetry beyond prose — there are at least 15 of them, including rhyme, alliteration, personification, and so on. Without their use, the writing becomes prose.

  • Comprehension/Coherence

Do the ideas presented hang together to create a whole? Is there “meaning” to the writing, and is that meaning realized?

  • Mood/Imagery

Does the poem illustrate its message — can we feel the feelings and/or visualize the images presented? How significant are those images to the purpose of the poem?

  • Word Selection

Has the writer chosen the words of the poem to enable the poem to reach its intent? Are there clichés or overused imagery (we know the sky is blue) to weaken the conveyance of meaning?

  • Scope/Significance

Does the poem deal with the human experience, and if so, to what extent is the poem successful in adding to our understanding?

  • Line Endings/Line Breaks

Are these visual aids used successfully to create emphasis and to carry the reader to the main significance of the writing? In free verse, are the line endings used to create emphasis, and are the line breaks used to create a longer pause that is significant?

  • Punctuation/Spelling/Grammar

Does the poet respect  language conventions and provide punctuation to aid the reader in understanding of the poem? Do spelling errors interrupt the flow of the poem’s language? Are there distortions of word order that seem artificial and obscure meaning?

  • Content Realized

The poem had a purpose when it started out — did the poem realize its intentions? Does it lead naturally to its conclusion?

  • Universality —

Is the subject matter of the poem meaningful only to the poet, or does it apply to the human condition? If it were translated into another language — German, French, Spanish, Italian, Afrikaans, etc. — would it still be meaningful to a reader in that language?

 

Based of the judging criteria set by

http://www.chaparralpoets.org

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