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The 2012 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest

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Entry Guidelines | Prizes | Meet Your Judges | Contest Calendar

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Entry Guidelines _________________

  • The Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest Is open to all human beings on planet Earth. (except for the three judges)

  • Enter as many poems as you like.

  • Poems may be of any style, length, or subject matter.

  • This contest is separate from weekly Poet of the Week consideration though submissions for Poet of the week consideration must be separate from Contest Submissions and the same poems may not be submitted for both.

  • There is a One Dollar Per Poem (US Funds Only) entry fee.

  • Poems are sent to the three contest judges with your name removed. The judges score each poem from 0-5 using quarter point intervals. (0, .25, .5, .75, 1, 1.25, 1.5, etc...)

  • Poems are sent to judges only after you fill out the Contest Entry Form and we have received your payment.

There are three easy steps to entering the contest:

Guidelines on how and where to email poems will be
displayed once you submit the contest entry form.
Guidelines on how and where to submit your $1 per poem entry
fee will be displayed once you submit the contest entry form.

Click here to go to the entry form.


____________________ Deadlines Etcetera ____________________

  • Deadline for postmarking entry fees (or paying them via PayPal) is Saturday, September 29, 2012.

  • Regardless of when you postmark, your entry fees must be received by Wednesday, October 3, so if you're mailing your entry fee, please account for the amount of time it will take for your it to travel between your home and Los Angeles.

  • This is a not for profit contest. All of the collected entry fees will be divided between the top three scoring poems (minus postage for mailing out additional prizes. See Prize List below)

  • Once your entry fee is received, your poems will be sent with your name removed to the three judges who will score them 0 - 5 (5 being best).

  • Your poems will not be forwarded to the judges until your entry fee is received.

  • If you have any questions or need any of the contest details clarified, please e-mail Contest@PoetrySuperHighway.com


_________________________ Prizes _________________________

First Prize: 50% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH

Second Prize: 30% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH.

Third Prize: 20% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to supplement the cash prizes with an impressive array of prizes which would be of interest to poets and writers.

The following prizes will be used to bolster first through third prize as well as distributed to other contest entrants.

Our goal is to be able to send every single person who enters the contest something.

If you're interested in becoming a sponsor to this years contest in exchange for promotional consideration, please click HERE for the details.

Additional Prizes:


____________________ Meet Your Judges ____________________

  • Amber Decker (Hedgesville, West Virginia)
    Born in 1982, Amber Decker has been many things besides a poet-- a sales girl, a rodeo princess, a security guard, and a warehouse worker to name just a few. These days, Amber lives in West Virginia and spends her free time reading fantasy novels, playing video games, traveling and attending college. She does the “poet thing” semi-regularly on her blog: http://roughverse.wordpress.com, and she's beyond excited to have the opportunity to help judge this year's Poetry Super Highway poetry contest.

  • Brenda Levy Tate (Tusket, Nova Scotia, Canada)
    Brenda Levy Tate lives in southwestern Nova Scotia on the banks of the Tusket River, with three cats and a dog - all adopted from shelters. Every morning she walks her camera through her gardens to the shore, hoping to capture both the familiar and the unexpected - an eagle drowning a loon, a fern spangled with dew, two fishermen drifting on the current. As a poet, she tries to do likewise, turning from visual images to verbal translation of her own perceptions. She has published three collections, the latest being Wingflash from Pink Petticoat Press (2011) and is working on a fourth that combines both poetry and photography. Her work has frequently appeared among the winners of IBPC poetry competitions and she was named by IBPC as one of its top ten poets of the decade ending in 2010. Brenda has also received several Pushcart nominations. This is her third go-round as judge of the PSH contest..

  • Buxton Wells (Memphis, Tennessee)
    Buxton Wells lives in Memphis, TN. He has published online with Umbrella, Poetry Super Highway, carte blanche and others.


_________________ 2012 Contest Calendar _________________

  • July 12: Contest begins

  • July 16 - 22: Judges featured as Poets of the Week

  • July 22, 2:00 pm (pacific): PSH Live Judges Event: Live broadcast where Judges will have the chance to read poems and discuss the contest and you can call in live and ask them questions. Click here for more info.

  • September 29: Final deadline for contest entries. (Entry fees must be received by PayPal or postmarked by September 29 or they'll be returned.)

  • October 6: Judges deadline for returning scored poems.

  • October 11: Second round scoring deadline (in the event of tied scores.)

  • October 14: 2pm (pacific) PSH Live Event: "Winners Announced" in a special broadcast. Listen to it live and if any of the winners happen to be listening, they'll be invited to call in and read their winning entries live on the air..

  • October 15 - 21: Contest Winners featured as Poets of the Week.