Wednesday, April 25, 2012

2012 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize - Six Days Left to Enter


Only Six Days Left to Enter!


2012 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
$2,500 for a First Book of Poems


This prize is offered annually to a poet who has not previously published a full-length collection of poems. The prize awards the winner with $2,500 and publication of his or her first full-length book of poetry by the Kent State University Press. The winner and the competition's judge will give a reading together on the Kent State campus. The 2011 winner was Wet by Carolyn Creedon, chosen by Edward Hirsch; the 2012 winner will be chosen by Dorianne Laux.

Entry requirements:
  • The competition is open to poets writing in English who have not yet published a full-length collection of poems (a volume of 50 or more pages published in an edition of 500 or more copies).
  • There is a $25 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to the Wick Poetry Center.
  • Submissions must consist of 50 to 70 pages of poetry, typed on one side only, with no more than one poem included on a page. Only clean, legible copies are acceptable.
  • The poet's name is not to appear on the manuscript. Two title pages should be included. The first must include the poet's name, address, e-mail, telephone number, and the title of the manuscript; the second should list the title of the manuscript only. Entries are judged anonymously.
  • The manuscript may be submitted simultaneously to other publishers, but the poet must notify the Wick Poetry Center immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • All manuscripts will be recycled after judging. For notice that the manuscript has been received, enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard. For notice of the winning selection, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The winner will be announced that summer.
  • Manuscripts must be postmarked between February 1, 2012, and May 1, 2012. No late entries will be read.

Submit Electronically or mail entries to:


Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
Wick Poetry Center
301 Satterfield Hall
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

2012 William Redding Competition winners announced - plus The Poetry Forum's schedule for the rest of the season

From Steve Abbott:

The Poetry Forum is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 William Redding Competition:

First Place: Ellie Swenson, Columbus
Second Place: David Nichols, Columbus
Third Place: Rachel Wiley, Columbus

Winners were selected in a blind process by Poetry Forum coordinators Rose Smith, Connie Everett, and Steve Abbott.

Ellie Swenson will receive $100 and be the featured reader at The Poetry Forum's final reading of the season on May 7 at 7 PM at Rumba Cafe, 2507 Summit Street (at Hudson) in Columbus.

Dave Nichols will receive his choice of a $50 bookstore gift certificate or a seat in Columbus Salon, the monthly poetry workshop hosted by Rose Smith. He will read a mini-set at the May 7 reading.

Rachel Wiley will receive a $25 bookstore gift certificate. She will read a mini-set at the May 7 reading.

We thank everyone who submitted work. We received submissions for across the state, and overall quality of work was impressive. Several poets who were not among the winners are under consideration for individual readings in the coming year.

We hope to see all of you at upcoming readings.


The Poetry Forum
at Rumba Cafe

Featured readings + open mic since 1984

Mondays      7 p.m.     
2507 Summit Street @ Hudson Street, Columbus

Spring  2012

March 12 ~ Michael vander Does

March 19 ~ Michael Bernstein

March  26 ~ [ No Poetry Forum ]

April 2 ~ Andy Roberts

April 9 ~ Christine Howey

April 16 ~ The Greenville Poets
Catherine Essinger, David Garrison, Belinda Rismiller,
Lianne Spidel, & Myrna Stone

April 23 ~ Blaire Miller Bommer

April 30 ~ David Baratier

May 7 ~ Ellie Swenson
2012 William Redding Competition winner

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The OPA presents a Spring Writers' Retreat at Malabar Farm


The Ohio Poetry Association presents:
Spring Writers' Retreat
at Malabar Farm State Park, Lucas, Ohio


Saturday/Sunday, April 14-15, 2012
Overnight stay with Sunday breakfast at the Malabar Farm Hostel, only $35
Featuring workshops led by Jeff Gundy
For reservations, please call 419-892-2055. Make checks payable to H. I. Malabar Farm.
Spaces available on a first-come/first-served basis.


 Hostelling International Malabar Farm
3954 Bromfield Rd
Lucas OH 44843