SOCIALLY ENGAGED & SATIRICAL POETRY CONTEST #1
Wax Poetry and Art presents
Socially Engaged & Satirical Poetry Contest #1
Deadline to enter: Sunday, October 30, 2016.
Number of pieces: Up to 3.
Number of lines: No limit.
Cost to enter: Free.
Open to: Everyone. (Residents and non-residents of Canada).
Number of Winning Poems: 1.
Prizes: 1st place: $50 CAD.
Publication date: Early 2017.
Simultaneous submissions: No.
Poetry has a role to play in shaping the discourses around the most
pressing issues of our time. Engaging with serious topics is the most
challenging, most exhausting, and most important poetic work. But it can
also be a lot of fun to celebrate our right of free expression by speaking
truth to power.
Wax Poetry and Art invites all socially engaged and aware poets to
participate in this free contest.
For the purpose of this contest, we shall consider the widest possible
definition of "socially engaged". (Read the About page at Eleventh
Transmission for some of the topics.)
Please read the guidelines carefully before making your submission.
The work submitted must be wholly original to the person submitting
Simultaneous submissions are not allowed for this contest. Please do not
submit the same poems anywhere else until the contest results are
The poem(s) submitted must be previously unpublished in print format or in
any publicly accessible online format such as an online magazine, personal
website, or blog. Work viewable on private forums, such as a private
Facebook post, is not considered as published.
Submit up to 3 poems. There is no restriction on the number of lines.
Please title your poems, unless they are in a form which do not usually have
Include a biographical note of 100 words or fewer. Including your website
and any social media contact information you wish to share, if applicable.
Ensure your submission is complete prior to submitting. Your submission
Entries must be received by midnight of Sunday, October 30, 2016.
Submissions must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use
the subject header, "Socially Engaged Poetry Contest #1".
Include all materials in one document or in a single email. For documents,
please use a format compatible with MS Word. PDFs are not acceptable.
Copyright remains with the original artist at all times.
Wax Poetry and Art obtains the right to the first publication of the work,
as well as the right to republish the work on our website and also on our
accounts on third party platforms such as email, Facebook, and other
social media, specifically for the purpose of promoting the work and the
artist to more people. We also obtain the right to republish the work in our
own anthologies, either online or in print, without additional compensation
required. The artist may refuse inclusion in any future anthologies.
Although we strive to apply a light hand when it comes to editing, Wax
Poetry and Art reserves the right to make whatever edits are deemed
necessary at any time, with utmost respect to the artists, to ensure that
The winner receives payment of $50 CAD, to be paid after publication.
The winning poem will be published and featured on the main page of Wax
Poetry and Art.
Wax Poetry and Art is a free publication. Winners are expected to share
their publication success with as many people as possible.
We will notify all participants of the results prior to publication.
Top entries that do not win First Place will be offered publication as regular
submissions in Eleventh Transmission (a publication dedicated to socially
engaged work). Regular submissions do not pay and you are under no
obligation to accept.
Judging will be based on two criteria: Quality of writing and effectiveness
of the poem, as determined by the editor. Please edit carefully.
Writers submitting work to Wax Poetry and Art assume all liability
if situations arise due to any misrepresentations on the part of the writer,
especially in regards to copyright violations.
Questions or comments? Please email email@example.com.
About the Editor
Kirk Ramdath is the publisher of Wax Poetry and Art, Weekly Poem, Axil
Poetry and Art, Phoenix Photo&Fiction, Eleventh Transmission, and Wax
Poetry & Art International. Kirk has created space for hundreds of poets,
writers, visual artists, musicians, and photographers in print, online, and on
stage. As the organizer of Passion Pitch Poetry, he organized over sixty
events in Calgary. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English, with Distinction,
from the University of Calgary. Kirk is the author of Love in a Handful of
Dust. He has received three writing grants from Canada Council for the Arts,
and is working on a new manuscript. Kirk is a full member of the League of
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