Creative Writing Contests

Fourth Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest

Deadline: January 31, 2013

Accepted Themes: Meditation, Mindfulness, Silence, or Stillness
First Prize: $175
Second Prize: $125
Third Prize: $75

NO ENTRY FEES to enter!

Complete guidelines:

Spirit First is pleased to announce its fourth annual meditation poetry contest. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of meditation, mindfulness, stillness, or silence. Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished.

Please do not enter more than three submissions. Sending more than three poems will lead to those poems being disqualified.

Please submit your poems by email unless you do not have access to the Internet. Poems will be accepted by U.S. Postal Service for those who do not have Internet access. All others are requested to be emailed. Poems sent by U.S. Postal Service will not be returned. Poems must…

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The Poetry Department . . . aka The Boynton Blog

Whatcom Writes!There’s still time!
(But not much.)

Each year, as part of the Whatcom READS! program, Whatcom County residents are invited to submit works for a companion volume. This year’s contest is in celebration of the Whatcom READS! book Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson.

Whatcom WRITES! 2013 is now accepting submissions on the theme LOYALTIES. Has someone been there for you when you most needed a loyal friend? Or perhaps your loyalty has been tested? How does it feel to stand up for someone — or something — you believe in?

Write up to 800 words on the theme LOYALTIES — poetry, fiction or nonfiction — one entry per person. Go to Whatcom READS! and click on the link there for complete details.

The deadline is Saturday, December 1, 2012. Get busy!

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Bellingham poet Paul Fisher will read at the Sudden Valley Community Center, 8 Barn View, on Thursday, November 15, at 1:00 PM, hosted by the Bard Stormers, a Sudden Valley poetry study group.  The event is free and open to the public.

Fisher, a Seattle native, is author of “Rumors of Shore”, which received the Blue Light Book Award.  His poetry appears in literary journals, periodicals and several anthologies.  He received and Individual Artist’s Fellowship in Poetry from the Oregon Arts Commission.

During 2012, Fisher has traveled around Washington state to read his poetry, including the Cascadia Poetry Festival, The Washington State Convention Center and the Floating Bridge Poets.

With precise language, breath taking metaphor and unexpected imagery  Fisher invites the reader to an expanded perception of the world.  

Copies of “Rumors of Shore” will be available for purchase.