Thursday, July 17, 2008

BORDERS 2nd Open-Door Poetry Contest Through July 2008

BORDERS 2nd Open-Door Poetry Contest
Judged by BILLY COLLINS, former U.S. Poet Laureate

The second Borders Open-Door Poetry Contest is open for submissions! Former U.S. Poet Laureate, and renowned poet Billy Collins will judge the contest and welcomes your poem submissions. The top 10 (5 adult, 5 student) poems submitted, in text or in video, will be published on our site right alongside a poem by Billy Collins in an upcoming episode! Billy will also read and give feedback on the poems he selects as best. All finalists’ poems will be considered for publication in our annual “Best of” book, which will highlight the many talented poets in the Borders community!

Contest Updates and Details:

Poetry contest submissions for our 2nd contest being judged by Billy Collins are open through July, 2008.

Two winners will be chosen! A student/teen (age 13-18) winner as well as an adult winner (age 19+).

The top 5 poems from teens (age 13-18) and the top 5 poems from adults (age 19+) submitted to the Borders Open-Door Poetry contest will be published on our site alongside a poem by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins.

The contest is open in both subject and genre, and is completely free of charge.

Each entry must be original and otherwise unpublished in any format (print or online publication).

Submissions from the first contest will carry over and be considered for this 2nd contest, so you needn’t resubmit the same poem.

You can submit as many original poems as you’d like, but please submit each one separately by clicking the button below. A pop-up form will appear for your entry.

Poems in text should be a maximum of 500 words. Poems submitted as video readings should be submitted in any common format not exceeding 12MB. Please submit your poem’s text along with your video reading, within the same entry form.

All entries will be considered by the Student Publishing Program’s Advisory Board—a panel of top authors, editors and educators from the world of poetry—and then our celebrity judge will read the contest finalists and choose the winner.

You must be over 13 years of age to participate.

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