Announcing the 51st Poetry and Fiction Contest

The Poetry Center of Long Island University, Post Campus is excited to announce the 51st Poetry and Fiction Contest!

Deadline: February 21, 2017

Award: The John and Agnes McCarten Memorial Award of $100 will be given to an undergraduate student. Another $100 will be awarded for the best poem in the following categories: graduate, faculty/staff, and alumni.

Eligibility: Poems must be original and published. Poems must be no longer than 50 lines.

Rules: No identification should be placed on the manuscript itself. Poems are limited to 3 per entrant.

All poems, typed one to a page,  should be submitted following one of these two methods:

  1. Electronic submission – preferred – to Subject line should read, Poetry Contest Submission. Please indicate your status at Post.
  2. Hard copies may be placed together in a single envelope. On the envelope, write your name, address (both dorm and home), and status at LIU Post (undergraduate, graduate, faculty/staff, or alumnus/alumna). Bring the envelope to the Poetry Contest Box in the English Department on the second floor of Humanities Hall, or mail to:

Poetry Contest Boxes
English Department
LIU Post
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548

Winners will be notified by email (or by USPS, for hard copies). Others will be notified of the winner if they request notification by email or include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. An award may be withheld in a category if, in the judges determination, none of the submitted poems is deserving of a prize. No hard copy entries will be returned, nor their receipt acknowledged.

Short Fiction Competition

Entries must be original, previously unpublished short stories. Manuscripts must not exceed 3 typed pages and must be double-spaced in Times New Roman 12pt. Prize will be $100. Refer to the poetry contest rules for submission methods.

Sponsors: The Poetry Center, the English Department, The Academy of American Poets, and Jeanne Marie Scott.

Judges: English Department faculty

The 51st annual Poetry Awards Night will be held in April 2017. David Millis will read from his work and present the awards. The winning poems will be printed in the evening’s program and winners will read their poems.




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