Wax Poetry and Art – Featured Poet Contest #4


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Wax Poetry and Art – Featured Poet Contest #4

Wax Poetry and Art invites all dedicated and established poets to participate in Featured Poet Contest #4. Submissions are accepted from everywhere on Earth, from all poets who meet the criteria outlined below.

Published, edited, and designed by Kirk Ramdath in Sooke, British Columbia, Canada, on the traditional and unceded territory of the T'Sou-ke and Scia'new First Nations.

Featured Poet Contest #4 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 intended to showcase new poetry by dedicated and established poets. Poems on all topics are welcome. Submissions are open to poets from everywhere on Earth who meet the following criteria.

This criteria is intended to allow a wide range of practicing poets to submit. However, poets may not list any publications where they have editorial responsibilities or events where they are an organizer (aside from the final criteria). Meeting the criteria on just one line is sufficient. Submit only the requested information, not your entire CV. Publication requirements are inclusive of both print and online formats.

– The poet has 12 poems published.
– The poet has read their poetry in public on 10 occasions.
– The poet has 4 poems published, AND has read / performed their poetry in public on 4 occasions.
– The poet has 4 paid publications.
– The poet has 3 paid readings / performances.
– The poet has 2 paid publications AND 1 paid reading / performance.
– The poet has 2 paid readings / performances AND 1 paid publication.
– The poet has 1 book of poems published that is not self-published.
– The poet has won 2 poetry slams or has been the Featured Performer at a poetry event.
– The poet has self-published at least one book, zine, or audio album and they have sold at least 250 copies.
– The poet has 2500 followers on any poetry-related social media account, AND 1 publication or 1 reading / performance.
– The poet is currently, and has been, the primary editor or organizer of an active publication or event that has a publication / event record dating back at least 4 years.

Contest Deadline
Submissions close on Sunday, January 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 March 15th, 2024.

Submissions must include the following five components.

1) Qualifications

List the publications, readings, or other information that fulfills the requirements in the submission guidelines.

2) Agreement Statement

You must include the following statement with your submission:
"I agree with the submission guidelines for Wax Poetry and Art Featured Poet Contest #4."

3) Three Poems

Submit three original, unpublished poems. The poems must be completely the creation of poet submitting the work. AI generated text is not permitted.

4) Biography

Include a short biography, no longer than 75 words. If you have an artist website, Instagram, etc., you can include links at the end of your biography. Long biographies will be truncated at the Editor's discretion.

5) Postal Mailing Address / Address of Residence

Street Address:
(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 May 15th, 2024.

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 #4".

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

About the Editor
Kirk Ramdath is the publisher, editor, and designer of Wax Poetry and Art, Eleventh Transmission, and other publications. He has been an independent poet and publisher since 2005. Kirk lives in Sooke, British Columbia, Canada. He was born in Trinidad and Tobago.

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