May. 13, 2010 at 12:00pm
Prize: $200 & manuscript publication
Tacoma is a delicious, steaming pot of spicy poetry curry, simmering with eggplants and basil and bamboo shoots...fragrant words and phrases...the five-star fiery capsicum of honest thoughts and experience.
From the previous "In Tahoma's Shadow" (a local anthology sponsored by Tacoma non-profit press, Exquisite Disarray) to the Tacoma Poet Laureate position to the monthly Distinguished Writer's Series to Speak Your Soul to the Tacoma Round (music + art + poetry) and many, many more poetry events and organizations...we're a city with a bright jewel box of finely crafted words.
If you've got a pile of unpublished poems or have been honing your craft quietly for years, this could be your chance: Exquisite Disarray is sponsoring a First Book Poetry Contest. The deadline is this Saturday, May 15, so gather those sonnets, haiku, elegies, raps, dactylic pentameters and free verse.
There's no reading fee (that's good), and the prize is eternal fame and appointment as the Chief of Staff of the Tacoma Department of Poetry, scratch that, the prize is $200 and publication of the winning manuscript, plus a public reading and workshop to be held in Tacoma in November 2010.
The First Book Poetry Contest is open to all Washington State poets who have not yet published a full-length collection of poetry.
Special Tacoma bonus!! There's also a Tacoma Poem Prize: $100 for the best poem about the City of Destiny.
Details are here: http://www.exquisitedisarray.org/First_Book_Poetry_Contest.html