|United States Poetry Magazine: Submission Guidelines
|United States Poetry Magazine Contests
United States Poetry Magazine invites all poets living on Earth to participate
in the United States Poetry Contest. Prizes will be awarded for First Place
and Top USA Poet. Winning these prizes also wins entry into the Wax
Poetry and Art World's Best Poem contest.
The format of this contest is intended to create a cultural exchange
between the international community of poets and poets residing in the
Published and edited by Kirk Ramdath.
A project of Wax Poetry and Art.
United States Poetry Contest Submission Guidelines
United States Poetry Magazine presents
United States Poetry Contest #1
Deadline to enter: EXTENDED TO Sunday, October 1, 2017.
Number of poems: 1 to 3.
Number of lines: No limit.
Cost to enter: 1 poem, free. 2 poems, $4 USD. 3 poems, $5 USD.
Submissions in English are welcome from everywhere on Earth.
Number of Winning Poems: 2.
First Place: $50 USD
Top USA Poet: $50 USD
Intended Publication date: Late 2017.
Simultaneous submissions: Not allowed.
Wax Poetry and Art
Calgary Poetry Magazine
Contact us to sponsor this contest: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The poem(s) submitted must be wholly original to the person submitting
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The poem(s) submitted must be previously unpublished in print format or in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.
As many as three poems may be submitted. One poem may be submitted
for free. Two poems may be submitted for a fee of $4 USD, and three
poems for a fee of $5 USD. Payment can be made via PayPal, using the
buttons shown below, or by cheque to the address shown below.
There is no restriction on the number of lines.
Include a biographical note of 100 words or fewer. If applicable, include your
website and professional social media pages.
Ensure your submission is complete prior to submitting. Your submission
-Payment (if submitting more than 1 poem)
-Biography (100 words, or fewer).
Entries must be received by midnight of Sunday, October 1, 2017.
All participants will be added to the Wax Poetry and Art email list. You can
easily remove yourself at any time, or let me know.
Please remember that simultaneous submissions are not allowed for this
Copy and paste all materials in the body of a single email. Do not include
Submissions must be sent by email to email@example.com.
Use the subject header, "United States Poetry Contest".
1 Poem: Free
2 Poems: $4 USD.
3 Poems: $5 USD.
Cheques in USD must be payable to "Kirk Ramdath", and sent to:
Wax Poetry and Art
Attn: United States Poetry Contest
512, 919 Centre Street NW
Calgary, AB T2E 2P6
Please ensure that cheques are in USD and are posted well in advance of
the contest deadline.
Copyright remains with the original artist at all times.
United States Poetry Magazine 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. The publisher 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,
United States Poetry Magazine publisher and editor, Kirk Ramdath, will
perform and record a video reading of both winning poems, and make the
video accessible to everyone, such as in a YouTube video, although exact
format to be determined.
If the winning poets and the publisher 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, 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
First Place:$50 USD
Top USA Poet: $50 USD
If a poet residing in the USA wins First Place, they also win Top USA Poet,
for a total prize of $100 USD. In that case, an additional award of Second
Place will be granted for a second poem, with a prize of $10 USD.
Payment will be sent within two weeks following publication, via PayPal
(preferred), or cheque sent via regular post.
Both winning poems will be published individually and featured on the main
page of United States Poetry Magazine, with publication intended for late
Both winning poems will be published in print format, in letters sent to
subscribers of the United States Poetry Contest. Each winning poem wins
the author 1 copy of the print issue containing both winning poems. Additional
copies can be purchased. Details will be provided to the winner.
The poems winning First Place and Top USA Poet receive entry into the
Reader's Choice component of the Wax Poetry and Art World's Best Poem
Contest. The First Place poem ONLY receives entry into the Editor's Choice
component. Click here for the World's Best Poem contest guidelines.
Participants will be notified 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 United States Poetry Magazine 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
2005. He lives, works, and writes, in Canada.
Receive an advertisement-free letter with the winning poems, in print, mailed out two weeks prior
to the poems being published online. Receive the First Place poem only, or receive both the First
Place poem and the Top USA Poet. Price includes postage to all possible locations on earth.
Read complete details on the Subscribe page. All subscriptions for next issue only.
US Poetry Contest Subscription - First Place only: $4 USD
US Poetry Contest Subscription - First Place + Top USA Poet: $5 USD