Africa Poetry Magazine - Poets of Africa Contest #1

Submission Guidelines - Poets of Africa Contest #1
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Africa Poetry Magazine & Wax Poetry and Art present,
Poets of Africa Contest #1

- This is a free contest. You must live in Africa to submit.
- Current contest closes Sunday, November 24, 2019. The winner will be
published on or before Monday, December 9, 2019.
- This contest is a
Wax Poetry and Art Champions Cup qualifying event.
Click here to read information about the Poetry Champions Cup.

Africa Poetry Magazine invites all poets living in Africa to submit to the
Poets of Africa Contest #1.

Submission Guidelines
Please read these submission guidelines carefully. Adherence to the
submission guidelines is now part of the review process. Participants
will receive email acknowledgement that their submission has been
received. Incomplete or improperly formatted submissions will be
disqualified at the beginning of the review process. Therefore, you must
ensure that you follow these guidelines carefully.

To send a corrected or new submission, simply send an entirely new
submission, prior to the submission deadline. Your previous entry will
be discarded and your most recent submission will be used for the

Poets who require notice of whether of not their submission is correctly
formatted can pay a fee of $5 CAD.
Click here to purchase a Contest
Formatting Acknowledgement for this contest. (The link opens in a new
window so you can keep your place on this page.)

You must agree with the terms on this page in order to submit poetry to
this project. Your submission will be taken as proof of your agreement
and as such, no additional contract will be required for publication to

Your email will be added to the
Wax Poetry and Art Email list. You will
receive only a few emails per year, and you can leave the list at any time
by replying to a message and asking to leave the list. To ensure you
receive messages, you can add "" to your saved
email addresses.

You must include the following statement in your submission: "I agree
with the terms of the Poets of Africa Contest and to be added to the Wax
Poetry and Art email list."

The Poets of Africa Contest #1 closes on Sunday, November 24, 2019.

This is a free contest and submissions are open to all persons residing in
Africa. Submissions in a language other than English must include an
English translation as well as the name, biography, and mailing address
of the translator (if not the author). In such cases, royalties are shared
equally between the poet and translator.

Use of indigenous language in the poems is acceptable, as long as
translations for words used are provided.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed. However, you must contact me
immediately if your poem is accepted elsewhere, to let me know to
remove your poem from consideration.

Submit 1 original, unpublished, titled poem, along with a biography and
your mailing address (including street address, city, province / state,
country, and postal code). Include social media information in your
biography, if applicable.

The maximum number of lines is 35, including line breaks and title,
which are counted as lines.

Winning the Poets of Africa Contest #1
The winning poem will be published online in Africa Poetry Magazine
on or before Monday, December 9, 2019 . Please note, participants will
not be notified by email when the winner is published, except the winner
who receives additional information. To find out who won, and to read
the winning poem, visit one of the following web pages on Monday,
December 9, 2019:
Africa Poetry Magazine
Wax Poetry and Art
Africa Poetry Magazine Facebook Page (external link)
Wax Poetry and Art Facebook Page (external link)

Use your smart device to set a reminder to, "Check the winner of the
Poets of Africa Contest on December 9." The winner may be published
earlier, so feel free to check the websites mentioned above earlier than
December 9.

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
Africa Poetry
Magazine & Wax Poetry and Art
anthologies, online and in print, without
additional permission required.

As part of being published in
Africa Poetry Magazine, the winning poem
will be included in a category for the nation in Africa where the poet
resides. If the poet is the first winner from that nation, they will inaugurate
the category for their nation.

The winning poet also wins one entry into the
Wax Poetry and Art
Champions Cup
, also known as the Poetry Champions Cup. More details
about the
Poetry Champions Cup will be announced soon.

When published, an Official Print Version of the poem will be made
available for sale. The Official Print Version will be limited-edition,
numbered, and printed on cardstock in a format similar to a greeting
card. The winner will receive a 20% royalty on all print sales, as well as
a 50% royalty on electronic sales, such as of .pdf documents and tip-jar
payments. If the poem is ever collected into an online or print anthology,
the same royalty rates apply, and royalties will be shared equally among
all contributors, based on contribution. Royalties will be paid out annually
in January to anyone who is owed $10 CAD or more. There is no initial

Every poem published in this and all
Wax Poetry and Art publications
qualifies for the
Wax Poetry and Art Readers Choice prize of $50 CAD.
When your work is published, share the link with your social network.
The poem receiving the most unique page views during the calender
year of publication, of all poems published on the
Wax Poetry and Art
, will be awarded a prize of $50 CAD. Poems published after
December 1st will be included in the next year's competition. Please note,
the eight finalists for the
Wax Poetry and Art Poetry World Cup are not
eligible for this prize, as they will participate in their own Readers Choice

The winner also grants the publisher the right to publish parts or all of the
work on third party platforms such as Facebook and other social media,
specifically for the purpose of sharing the work with more people, and
considering the evolving and experimental nature of the Internet.

Submissions must include:
-Agreement statement: "I agree with the terms of the Poets of Africa
Contest and to be added to the Wax Poetry and Art email list."
-Poem (titled, 35 lines maximum).
-Biography, maximum 100 words, including social media and www links,
if applicable.
-Your complete postal mailing address including street address, city,
province, country, and postal code.

The entire submission (agreement statement, poem, biography, and
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.

Use, "The Poets of Africa Contest" as the subject header of
your email. Send your submission by midnight of Sunday, November 24,
by email to:

About the Editor
Kirk Ramdath is the publisher and editor of Wax Poetry and Art, Eleventh
Transmission, and other publications. He has been an artist and arts
activist since 2005, originally in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His first book
Love in a Handful of Dust. Kirk now lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia.
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