Wax Poetry and Art: Socially Engaged Poetry Contest #3

Wax Poetry and Art presents
Socially Engaged Poetry Contest #3

Deadline to enter: Extended to Sunday, October 15, 2017.
Number of poems: Up to 3.
Number of lines: No limit.
Cost to enter: 1 poem, free; 2 poems, $5 CAD; 3 poems, $6 CAD.
Submissions in English are welcome from everywhere on Earth.
Number of Winning Poems: 3.
Prizes: 1st place, $70 CAD. 2nd place, $20 CAD. 3rd place, $10 CAD.
Intended Publication date: Late 2017.
Simultaneous submissions: Not allowed.
Contact: Publisher & Editor, Kirk Ramdath:

Poetry has a role to play in shaping discourse around the pressing issues of
our time. Poetry can record history, deepen our understanding, and express
withering critique, in ways that other writing and art cannot. Whatever the
human journey, let the record show that poets were there.

Wax Poetry and Art invites all poets to participate in Socially Engaged
Poetry Contest #3. Submissions in English are welcome from everywhere
on Earth.

For the purpose of this contest, we shall consider the widest possible
definition of "socially engaged". (Read the
About page at Eleventh
for some of the topics.)

Please read the guidelines carefully before making your submission.

45 Poems: Reflection and Response

Contact us to sponsor this contest: info@waxpoetryart.com

The work submitted must be wholly original to the person submitting
the work.

Simultaneous submissions are
not allowed for this contest. Do not submit
the same poems anywhere else until the contest results are announced. At
that time, participants who did not win the contest may submit the work

The poem(s) submitted must be previously unpublished in print format or in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.

Up to 3 poems may be submitted. Poets can win all 3 prizes with 3 poems.

1 poem may be submitted for free. 2 poems may be submitted for a
payment of $5 CAD. 3 poems may be submitted for a payment of $6 CAD.
Payment can be made via PayPal, using the buttons shown below, or by

There is no restriction on the number of lines.

Include a biographical note of 100 words or fewer. If applicable, include in
your biography your website and social media pages.

Ensure your submission is complete prior to submitting. Your submission
must contain:
-Payment (if submitting more than 1 poem)
-Biography (100 words, or fewer).
-Mailing address.

Entries must be received by midnight of Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Please remember that simultaneous submissions are not allowed for this

Copy and paste your entire submission, including poetry, biography, and
mailing address, to the body of a single email. Do not attach your

Submissions must be sent by email to info@waxpoetryart.com. Use
the subject header, "Socially Engaged Poetry Contest".

All participants will be added to the email list.
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Submission Fees

1 Poem: Free

2 Poems: $5 CAD.

3 Poems: $6 CAD.

Cheques in Canadian funds (CAD) may be sent to the address shown
below. Anyone who finds it easier to send cheques in USD can do so, in the
same amounts shown. So, $5 USD for 2 poems, and $6 USD for 3 poems.

Cheques must be payable to "Kirk Ramdath", and sent to:

Wax Poetry and Art
Socially Engaged Poetry Contest
512, 919 Centre Street NW
Calgary, AB T2E 2P6

Please ensure that cheques are posted in well in advance of the contest
Publication Terms
Copyright remains with the original artist at all times.

Wax Poetry and Art publisher Kirk Ramdath 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, and considering the continuously
evolving nature of the Internet. We also obtain the right to republish the
work in our own anthologies, either online or in print, without additional
compensation required. In addition to being published online,
Wax Poetry
and Art
publisher and editor, Kirk Ramdath, will perform and record a video
reading of all three winning poems, and make the video accessible to
everyone, such as in a YouTube video, although exact format to be

If the winning poets and Wax Poetry and Art come to future agreements
regarding this work that will result in additional compensation beyond the
initial prize, the initial prize shall serve as an advance on future royalties.

Although we strive to apply a light hand when it comes to editing,
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
publication occurs.

The Winners
First Place:$70 CAD
Second Place: $20 CAD
Third Place: $10 CAD

Payment will be sent within two weeks following publication, via PayPal
(preferred), or cheque sent via regular post. Payment is made in Canadian

All three winning poems will be published individually and featured on the
main page of
Wax Poetry and Art, with publication intended for late 2017.

The First Place poem only will be published in print format, in letters sent to
subscribers of
Wax Poetry and Art Socially Engaged Poetry Contest. The
poet who wins First Place will receive 1 copy of the issue containing their
work, sent by regular post. Additional copies can be purchased. Details will
be provided to the winner.

The First Place poem only will be entered into both components of the
Poetry and Art
World's Best Poem Contest. Winning the World's Best
Poem contest results in an additional cash prize and republication as the
World's Best Poem. Guidelines are being finalized and will be posted later.

We will notify all participants of the results prior to publication and within two
months following the close of the contest.

Judging will be based on two criteria: 1. Quality of writing and editing, and
2. effectiveness of the poem. Both, as determined by the editor. Please edit

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

About the Editor
Kirk Ramdath
is the publisher of Wax Poetry and Art, United States Poetry
Magazine,  Calgary Poetry Magazine, and other publications. Kirk is the
author of
Love in a Handful of Dust. He has been a poet and publisher since
Wax Poetry and Art Contests
Poetry Contest #13
Socially Engaged Poetry Contest #2
Calgary Poetry Contest #1
Poem of the Year

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