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Monday, March 4, 2013

TGCW Poetry Contest

Texas Gulf Coast Writers presents its first poetry contest. Judging will be done by qualified professionals and may include comments and suggestions on each entry with a possible score sheet. Rules are below. Submission deadline is March 31, 2013. Winner(s) will receive a certificate and the option to post your winning entry on the TGCW blog: http://www.texasgulfcoastwriters.blogspot.com/ All entrants are invited to read their poems at the April 20th poetry reading at the Miller Library in Beaumont, Texas.


Poetry: rhymed or unrhymed up to 20 lines

COVER SHEET: Use a separate cover sheet for each entry. Put your name, complete address, telephone number, and email address (if applicable) in the upper left-hand corner. In the upper right- hand corner, list number of words or lines (whichever is applicable). Double space six times and center the title. Double space again and type the first line of your story/poem (to avoid confusion in case of a title being used by more than one member). DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON ANY OTHER PAGE! Cover sheets will be kept in a special envelope by the President for identification of the winning entries and will not be sent to the judges with the submissions.


Entry Fee: $5 per poem for paid TGCW members and $10 per poem for non members.

This must be your original unpublished work. Publication on the Internet is publication.

Poems must be typed but may be single-spaced and may begin at the top of the page. Use font size 12 and Times New Roman only.  Fasten cover sheet to your submission with a large paperclip. DO NOT STAPLE ANYTHING!

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS March 31, 2013 – anything received after this date will not qualify!

Emailed entries are not accepted. You may turn entries in to Laurie Kolp or Sylvia Ney at the March 11 meeting OR mail in your submission(s) to TGCW PO Box 252 Bridge City, Texas 77611.

Entries which do not conform to these rules will be disqualified and not judged. Judges often write comments directly on the submission. Each entry will be judged but we cannot guarantee all judges will write comments on either the score sheet or submission. Decisions of the judges are final.

Winner(s) will be announced at the April 20th poetry reading at the Miller Library in Beaumont, Texas. Anyone interested can read and share their poetry that day.


Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Thanks very much for this information. I have some poems that I'd like to submit. This is helpful.

Unknown said...

Hi Sylvia,
I live in Australia. Would I still be able to enter this contest or is it only open to America? It sounds really good though. I would love to enter!

Sylvia Ney said...


The contest is open to ANYONE interested. We just ask that we have the poem mailed to us by the deadline with the entry fee paid in US currency. GOOD LUCK!