Wax Poetry and Art – Featured Poet Contest

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Wax Poetry and Art – Featured Poet Contest

Wax Poetry and Art invites all artists who have been published in a Wax Poetry and Art publication between September 1st, 2021, and todays date, to submit to the Featured Poet Contest. Submissions are accepted from everywhere on Earth, from all artists that meet this and other criteria, explained below.

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Featured Poet Contest Submission Guidelines

Please prepare your submission carefully.

You must agree with the terms on this page to submit to this Contest. Your submission will be considered proof of your agreement and as such, no additional contract will be required for publication to proceed.

Criteria for Submitting

The Featured Poet Contest is an opportunity for artists who have already been published in a Wax Poetry and Art publication to showcase a selection of three new poems.

Artists must have been published in a Wax Poetry and Art publication at least once between September 1st, 2021 and today's date. Additionally, artists who have previously won the Featured Poet contest must wait until 12 months following their publication date to enter this contest again.

Contest Deadline
Submissions close on Saturday, September 14th, 2024.

Essential details:
– Free to enter.
– First Place will be chosen.
– The winner receives publication and potential future royalties.
– Simultaneous submissions are not allowed.
– You will be informed of the result by November 15th, 2024.

Submissions must include the following five components.

1) Qualifications

Provide the link to your work that has been published in a Wax Poetry and Art publication between September 1st, 2021 and today's date.

2) Agreement Statement

You must include the following statement with your submission:
"I agree with the submission guidelines for the Wax Poetry and Art Featured Poet Contest."

3) Three Poems

Submit three original, unpublished poems. The poems must be completely the creation of poet submitting the work.

4) Biography

Include a short biography, 75 words maximum. It is not necessary to list more than five previous publications. Long biographies will be truncated at the Editor's discretion. If you have an artist website, Instagram, etc., you can include links at the end of your biography.

5) Postal Mailing Address / Address of Residence

Name:
Street Address:
City:
Province/State:
Country:
(Optional) Phone / WhatsApp:

Submission Checklist

Use the following list as a checklist. Copy and Paste your submission into the body of the email. Attachments are not permitted.

1) Qualifications:

2) Agreement Statement:

3) Three Poems:

4) Biography:

5) Postal Address:

Selection of Winners

Poems will be assessed by the Editor on the basis of artistic merit, clarity of voice, and quality of writing. One Featured Poet will be selected: First Place.

Publication Date

Winners will receive publication in Wax Poetry and Art Magazine on January 15th, 2025.

Terms and Conditions

Copyright of the work remains with the original artist.

Upon acceptance, the artist grants the publisher, Kirk Ramdath, the right to the first publication of the work, as well as the right to republish the work in Wax Poetry and Art anthologies and collections, online and in print, without additional permission required.

If the work is ever collected into a book or made available for sale in any other print format, the artist will receive a minimum 20% royalty. If the work is included in a collection with other artists (as is most likely), the 20% royalty is shared equally among all artists, based on the number of works contributed. If the work is ever made available for sale in a digital format, a 50% royalty will be given, and shared as necessary. Royalties are paid out annually in January if a minimum of $10 CAD is accrued.

There is no initial payment.

The artist also grants the publisher the right to publish part 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. This does not obligate the publisher to make social media posts.

The editor reserves the right to make whatever changes are deemed necessary, at any time, to ensure that publication occurs. Publication is perpetual. However, the artist may appeal any change within 30 days of publication. If artist and publisher cannot reach an agreement, the work will be unpublished. This preserves the artistic integrity of both the work and the publication.

Copy and Paste (Do Not Use Attachments)

The entire submission 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.

Subject Header of Email

Use the following as the subject header of your submission email:
"Featured Poet Contest".

Send your submission by email to info@waxpoetryart.com.

About the Editor
Kirk Ramdath is the publisher, editor, and designer of the Wax Poetry and Art Network of publications. He has read and performed at poetry events in many Canadian cities. He also organized many poetry events, back in the day. Particularly, open-mic poetry events. Kirk's first book, Love in a Handful of Dust, was published by Frontenac House in 2011. He has an English degree (with Distinction) from the University of Calgary, in Canada. Kirk was born in Trinidad and Tobago. He now lives and publishes from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.

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