Fourth Annual Provo Poetry Contest–Cash Prizes!

Send your short poems to help promote poetry in Utah!

DEADLINE: July 15, 2021

ENTRY FEE: Free to enter.

JUDGE: Katie Manning

Katie is the author of Tasty Other, winner of the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, and five chapbook collections: 28,065 Nights (River Glass Books), A Door with a Voice (Agape Editions), The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman (Point Loma Press), I Awake in My Womb (Yellow Flag Press), and Tea with Ezra(Boneset Books). Her poems have been published in many anthologies and literary journals, including American Journal of Nursing, december, Fairy Tale Review, Kahini Quarterly, New Letters, Poet Lore, So to SpeakStirring, THRUSH, and Verse Daily. She has received The Nassau ReviewAuthor Award for Poetry, The Thimble Prize, and several nominations for The Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Whale Road Review and has a Ph.D. in English (creative writing; women’s literature & feminist theory) from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and an M.A. in English (creative writing) from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She is a professor of writing at Point Loma Nazarene University.

  • 1st PLACE – $100 cash and an optional feature reading at Speak for Yourself Open Mic at Enliten Bakey and Café in historic downtown Provo
  • 2nd PLACE – $50
  • HONORABLE MENTION: $25
  • MICROPOEM 1st PLACE: $50
  • POEMBALLS: All poems entered into the contest will be considered for inclusion in POEMBALL machines

CONTEST GUIDELINES:

  • Poets must have lived or spent significant time in Utah at some point in their lives.
  • Poems must be appropriate for a general audience (rated PG).
  • Provo Poetry is an all-inclusive community. Do not send poems with topics/speech related to hate, shaming, or cultural appropriation.

POEM LENGTH: For the general contest, submit short poems of about 20 lines or less. For the micro poem contest, submit poems of no more than 4 lines.

NUMBER OF POEMS: Send up to ten poems as individual attachments in a single email.

EMAIL POEMS: Send a single email with a separate attachment for each poem (up to 10 poems attached separately) to provopoetry@gmail.com.

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED: Previously published poems are permitted.

WINNERS/FINALISTS: You will be notified via email by September 1, 2021 if one of your poems is a winner or a top-ten finalist.

ACCEPTED POEMS: You will be notified via email if your poems are accepted for inclusion in the POEMBALL machines. POEMBALL machines are located at Pioneer Book and Enliten Bakery and Café in downtown Provo, as well as at KRCL 90.9 FM in Salt Lake City. Poets names will be mentioned on the poems.

Distribution methods may vary. No monetary payment will be provided to poets other than the winners as noted, but please know your contribution is important and appreciated! The key objective of Provo Poetry is to instill the love of poetry within the general community, bring poems to a wider audience, and to support local poets.

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Dayna Patterson’s Virtual Reading at Provo Open Mic

The founding editor-in-chief of Psaltry & Lyre, Dayna Patterson, will be reading at Provo’s Speak For Yourself Open Mic on Thursday, August 20th but you don’t have to be in Provo to hear her. In fact, she won’t be in Provo either. Due to public health concerns, Speak For Yourself hasn’t met in person since March and has been gathering virtually on the popular conferencing platform Zoom. Patterson will be joining the group this Thursday at 7:30 pm to read from her new book, If Mother Braids a Waterfall.

Respond to the Facebook event at Speak For Yourself Open Mic (https://www.facebook.com/events/627979771188981/) to receive the login information or look for a link the evening of the performance on Facebook (Speak For Yourself Open Mic group) and Instagram (@mariannewriter).

Patterson is the author of Titania in Yellow (Porkbelly Press, 2019) and If Mother Braids a Waterfall (Signature Books, 2020). Her creative work has appeared recently in EcoTheo, Duende, Gulf Coast, and The Carolina Quarterly. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Psaltery & Lyre and a co-editor of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry. She was a co-winner of the 2019 #DignityNotDetention Poetry Prize judged by Ilya Kaminsky, and she has been a Sustainable Arts Fellow at Mineral School Artists Residency. daynapatterson.com

Winners Announced! – 3rd Annual Provo Poetry Contest

Congratulations to all our winners in the third annual Provo Poetry contest! We received over 200 poems! It was difficult whittling them down to the top ten finalists, but we did it! Then we sent those finalists off to our judge Star Coulbrooke and she selected the winners. We’re still selecting poems to be included in our POEMBALL machines and will send those acceptances out sometime in the next month or so. See the list of winners and finalists below.

We had originally planned a reading and celebration with Speak for Yourself open mic in downtown Provo, and we will likely still do so in the future, so watch for that in coming months. The posters of the all the finalists poems have been printed and will be displayed at a future Provo Art Stroll as well.

1st PLACE WINNER OF $100 CASH!

Victoria Childress for: “City Spring”

Judge’s comments: This multi-layered comment on the facets of a cityscape rising from the ravages of winter, with everything from “pollen graffiti” to “a crop of food carts” proving the release of all that has waited frozen in time and emotion, is brought to a profusion of color and fragrance before it ends, surprisingly, in a somber intellect, the “druidic circles of deer.”

2nd PLACE WINNER OF $50 CASH!

Dayna Patterson for: “Our Lady of the WIC Check”

Judge’s comments: A stunning, credible sensitivity in this praise song to one of the most prevalent and stigmatized conditions of American experience, entirely observant of detail, transforming each from the quirky and the mundane to the beautiful, to pure joy, “praising all the way home.”

Two honorable mentions receive a $25 gift certificate to Pioneer Book:

Rob Carney for “Why We Have Spiders”

Judge’s comments: What we think we don’t want, what we get, what we give up, described in winsome imagery.

Dayna Patterson for “[Pummel my tough heart, oh Mother-Goddess]”

Judge’s comments: The images here are fascinating, an incredible modern motherly feminist take on the old Donne classic.

Finalists (in no particular order)

“Forwards” by Maria Rosa Mills
“Héloise to Abelard” by Natasha Sajé
“I. In the Style of Emily Dickinson” by Victoria Childress
“One Morning” by Maurine Haltiner
“to the twelve muskrats moving in a line behind my chain link fence at dawn in Salt Lake City on the first of September 2019” by Natasha Sajé
“Why We Have Blue Jays” by Rob Carney


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