Annual Poetry Contest
Deadline February 1, 2016
Awards Tea April 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm


(2015 Information to be posted in September)     

ELIGIBILITY: *Adults over 18; living within a 50-mile radius of St. Louis.

*Any person having won first prize in the contest twice within the last five years is ineligible for further cash awards but may be cited for honors.

RULES: *Submit TWO TYPED COPIES of TWO poems, which have never been published or won an award. 

*Use 8 1/2 x 11 paper with no more than one poem to a page. 

*Sign with pseudonym ONLY. 

*Type real name, address, e-mail address and telephone number on a separate sheet of paper and enclose with poems.  No manuscripts returned.

SEND TO: Marilyn Ortinau; ORIGINAL POETRY CONTEST;150 Von Behren Dr., Chesterfield, MO 63005

PRIZES:  $500,  $300, $150


*Host of the weely radios show, WORDPLAY, an offbeat mix of peotry, comedy and ongoing exploration of the possibilities of the spoken word.
*A2014 Creative Workforce Fellow in Literature, a grant funded through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
*Recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pushcart Foundation, the Witter Bynner Foundation through the Library of Congress, and the Fulbright Foundation.
*His poems are featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac and former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's newspaper project "American Life in Poetry."
*Recipient of the 2006 May Swenson Poetry Prize for his poem Haywire.
*Chosen winner of the University of Akron Poetry Prize by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, for his poem The Good Kiss.




(2015 Information to be posted in September)    

ELIGIBILITY: High School Students in grades 10 through 12 in High Schools in St. Louis and the St. Louis area.

RULES:Submit TWO ORIGINAL poems. Send THREE copies of each poem, one poem to a page. Students should sign each poem in the upper left hand corner with a pen name. On a separate sheet of paper, student should sign real name, street address, zip code, email adddress, name of school, teahcer's full name and email address and seal in envelope with pen name on outside.

Entries must be submitted through the school’s English Departmentand must follow the rules.  No manuscripts will be returned.

SEND TO: Connie Berni, Junior Poetry Contest, 7310 Forsyth Blvd., Apt. #102, St. Louis, MO 63105

EMAIL: anthony71137@yahoo.com

PRIZES:100, $60, $40, $20, and $10


 *Author of three books of poetry: More (2010); Line Dane (2008-won 2009 Paterson Award); Radiance (2005-won 2005 word Press First Book)
*nominated for 1997 Grammy for her audio part in Grow Old Along with Me-The Best is Yet to Be
*Among the many awards are Pen and Brush Poetry Prize, Ekphrastic Poetry Award, WB Yeats Society of NY Award, 2000 New Millenium Writing's Y2K competition and Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award
*Served 15 residences at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a residency at the Moulin in Nef in Auvillar, France
*Her Poetry has been read on the BBC, AVC, and by Garrison Keillor