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This contest closes at midnight on Sunday. The next contest starts immediately following the end of the current contest, Monday morning.
These guidelines have been specially crafted to make running a weekly contest easier, therefore it is essential that you follow these guidelines when making your submission.
The contest runs weekly from Monday morning at 12:01 AM, to Sunday night, 12:00 midnight, every week, unless otherwise posted on this page.
The winner will be chosen and published within 1 week following the close of each contest. Participants will receive notice that the winner has been published via email. This email will also serve as a prompt to enter the current week's contest. If you do not wish to receive the next week's notice, click the Unsubscribe button. Otherwise, you will continue to receive notices whenever a new winner is published, even if you do not enter the contest.
Since the winner will be published within a week of the contest closing, there will never be more than two weeks from the time you submit until the time the winner is published. Therefore, please do not send queries until two weeks have passed from the time of your submission.
If fewer than three publishable entries are submitted, no winner will be published. In that case, submitters will be notified that their poem is no longer being considered. To participate again, send a new poem, or indicate that you want to run the same poem again.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Submit 1 original, unpublished, titled poem, along with a biography and your mailing address (including country and postal code). Include social media information in your biography, if applicable.
The entire submission (poem, biography, mailing address) must be copied and pasted into the body of a single email and sent to the email address shown below. Do not include any part of your submission in an attachment.
Send your submission via email by midnight on Sunday. Use, "The Weekly Poetry Contest" as the subject header of your email. Send your email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions will not be reviewed upon receipt. Incomplete or improperly formatted submissions will be disqualified at the start of review.
Winning The Weekly Poetry Contest The winner receives publication in Weekly Poems. There is no financial compensation. However, the poet with the most weekly wins at the end of 2017, having won at least 5 weeks, shall receive entry for one winning poem of their choice into the Reader's Choice component of the Wax Poetry and Art World's Best Poem Contest. That contest does have a cash prize.
The winner grants publisher Kirk Ramdath the right to the first publication of the poem, as well as the right to republish the poem in Weekly Poems & Wax Poetry and Art anthologies, online or in print, without additional permission required. The publisher warrants that if the winning poem is ever collected into an online or print anthology, authors shall receive an appropriate share of 50% of all online sales and 15% of all print sales. Royalties will be shared equally among all contributors, and paid out annually in January, to anyone who $25 CAD or more is owed.
The winner also grants the publisher the right to publish parts or all of the work on third party platforms such as Facebook, specifically for the purpose of sharing the work with more people, and considering the evolving and experimental nature of the Internet.
About the Publisher & Editor Kirk Ramdath is the publisher and editor of Wax Poetry and Art, Eleventh Transmission, Weekly Poems, and other publications. He has been an artist and arts activist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, since 2005. Kirk has received numerous writing grants from Canada Council for the Arts. His first book is Love in a Handful of Dust.