Saturday, January 4, 2014

Poetry Contest, Free Entry, Cash Prize & Publication

Regular prompt posting resumes next Saturday. 
In the meantime, here’s a contest announcement that might be of interest to you.

The Carriage House Poetry Series
& The Fanwood Shade Tree Commission

Announce The Carriage House Poetry Prize
 in Observance of Arbor Day 2014
First Prize – $250.00
Publication in the Autumn 2014 Print Issue of TIFERET

Selected Finalists Will Receive Certificates


• Entries should consist of no more than two poems—no more than 40 lines each.

• Each poem must be single-spaced on a separate sheet of paper.

• Submit 2 copies of each poem, one copy with the poet’s name, address, phone number,
and email address in the upper right corner.

• Poems must be previously unpublished and must contain reference to a tree or trees (not necessarily poems about trees). Any style or form. (Not re-writes or take-offs on Joyce Kilmer’s famous poem “Trees.” Judges will look for poems characterized by technical proficiency, striking imagery and strong sound quality.)

• Entry is free. (Poems will not be returned, so please keep a copy for your files.)

• Deadline: In-hand by March 1, 2014. Winners will be notified via email by April 7, 2014.

Send entries by snail mail only to:

Carriage House Poetry Prize
c/o Adele Kenny & Tom Plante
Fanwood Borough Hall
75 North Martine Avenue
Fanwood, NJ 07023


Tom Plante (Publisher/Editor Exit 13 Magazine)

Linda Radice (Award Winning Poet & Fanwood Arts Council Member)

Final Judges

Donna Baier Stein—Founder/publisher of Tiferet; Pen/New England Discovery Award & NJ State Arts Council Fellowship recipient; awards from the Poetry Societies of Virginia and New England; founding poetry editor of Bellevue Literary Review; Breadloaf Writers Conference scholarship; Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars fellowship; author of Sometimes You Sense the Difference; Iowa fiction awards finalist for Sympathetic People (published by Serving House Press, 2013).

Adele Kenny—Author of 23 books (poetry & nonfiction); Carriage House Poetry Series founder/director; Fanwood’s Poet Laureate (appointed March 2012), Tiferet Poetry Editor; two NJ State Arts Council poetry fellowships; Writers Digest Poetry Award; Thomas Merton Poetry Award; first place Merit Book Award; 2012 International Book Award; former creative writing professor (College of New Rochelle); twice featured at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival; has read in the US, England, Ireland, & France.


  1. Sounds lovely! Are international entries accepted?

    1. Yes, international entries will be accepted. Whoever wins, the prize will be paid in USD.

  2. A poetry contest with no entry fee and a cash prize! Bravo! That rarely happens ...

    And who doesn't recognize this poem as one of the best examples of personification ever written!


    By Joyce Kilmer

    I think that I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree.

    A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
    Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

    A tree that looks at God all day,
    And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

    A tree that may in Summer wear
    A nest of robins in her hair;

    Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
    Who intimately lives with rain.

    Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree.

    1. Thanks, Rich! Definitely one of the best-known poems of all-time. Thanks for posting it.

  3. Can my entry be sent through email?thank you

    1. Thanks for your interest in the contest, John. Entries are by snail mail only.

  4. How are now the trees in your garden? are threshing in the wind or standing frozen...?

    1. Yesterday the temperature was 4º Fahrenheit and windy. Today it's a bit warmer with less wind. The poor trees in my yard are standing tall but are no doubt frozen. It's supposed to warm up to about 50º by the weekend. That's cold enough but will probably feel like a heat wave.

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