Socially Engaged Poetry Contest #4 - Guidelines
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and Art Submissions page.

Wax Poetry and Art presents,
Socially Engaged Poetry Contest #4

- This is a free contest, open to everyone on Earth.
- This contest closes on Sunday, September 20, 2020, at midnight. The
winner will be published on or before Monday, October 5, 2020.
- This contest is a
Wax Poetry and Art Champions Cup qualifying event.
Click here to read information about the Poetry Champions Cup.

Wax Poetry and Art invites all poets on Earth to submit to the Socially
Engaged Poetry Contest #4. This contest will consider a wide
definition of "socially engaged", including activist and protest poems,
as well as poems that interrogate the nature of human societies in
meaningful ways.

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

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. To ensure you receive
messages, you may add "" to your saved
email addresses.

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

The Socially Engaged Poetry Contest #4 closes on Sunday,
September 20, 2020.

This is a free contest and submissions are open to everyone on Earth.

Submissions must be primarily in English. Use of indigenous
languages in the poem is acceptable, as long as English translations
are provided.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed. However, please withdraw
your submission from this contest immediately, if your poem is to be
published elsewhere. Please note that poems may not be
simultaneously submitted to more than one
Wax Poetry and Art
submission stream. You must submit a different poem to every Wax
Poetry and Art
submission opportunity.

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 your social media information
in your biography, if applicable.

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

Winning the Socially Engaged Poetry Contest #4
The winning poem will be published online in Wax Poetry and Art on
or before Monday, October 5, 2020 . Please note, participants will not be
notified by email when the winner is published, except for 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,
October 5, 2020:
Wax Poetry and Art

Use your smart device to set a reminder to, "Check the winner of the
Socially Engaged Poetry Contest on October 5, 2020." The winner
may be published earlier, so feel free to check the websites mentioned
above earlier than October 5, 2020.

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

The winning poet also wins one entry into the
Wax Poetry and Art
Champions Cup
, also known as the Poetry Champions Cup. Click here
to read complete details about the Poetry Champions Cup 2020.

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 booklet-
sized 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 payment.

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.

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

The editor reserves the right to make whatever changes are deemed
necessary, at any time, to ensure that publication occurs. Unless an
error has been made, the editor's decision is final.

Submissions must include:
-Agreement statement: "I agree with the terms of the Socially Engaged
Poetry 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
to share, 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 Socially Engaged Poetry Contest" as the subject header of
your email. Send your submission by midnight of Sunday, September 20,
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.
Kirk now lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia.
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