The Penny-Farthing Prize for Lyric Poetry is now open for submissions.
Guesthouse is pleased to announce The Penny-Farthing Prize for Lyric Poetry, designed to honor the best lyrical poetry written today and harness the community-building power of competition in the arts. We hope to model a new formula for our poetry contest by borrowing what we see working among our peers and predecessors but also testing the waters of a transparency-based approach. As is suggested by the contest’s title, we will divvy up the contest proceeds into four pots.
From each $12 entry:
- $3.00 will go directly to the winner as a cash prize;
- $3.00 will provide an honorarium for our guest judge;
- $3.00 will go back into Guesthouse’s coffer to pay administrative fees (we want to get on Submittable, produce a podcast, and other initiatives that require modest capitol); and
- $3.00 will be donated to the Iowa Youth Writing Project, an Iowa City-based nonprofit that "that aims to join Iowa City’s unique literary heritage with Iowa’s larger community by empowering, inspiring, and educating Iowa’s youth through language arts and creative thinking." More info about the IYWP here.
We will keep a running ticker on our website so our readers and submitters can track the growth of the sum pot; we hope that it will be exciting to watch the number grow as we accrue more submissions, and that the extent of the prize money will remain a surprise until our reading period closes.
Each entry may comprise up to five poems. Deadline is August 1, 2018 at 12AM CST. There is no page limit per poem or submission, but do begin each new poem on a new page.
- Send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org as an attachment in .docx, .doc, or .pdf form.
- Each submission must be accompanied by an entry fee, payable securely below. Please use the same e-mail address to process your payment as you do for your e-mail submission.
- No identifying information can appear anywhere on your manuscript, but please do put your full name and the titles of all of your poems in the body of the e-mail.
- Multiple entries are fine and encouraged, just pay one entry fee per submission.
- Poems must be previously unpublished, but we welcome simultaneous submissions so long as you inform us (by e-mail) if your work is accepted elsewhere.
- Please do not submit if you have a close relationship to our final judge that would make it so that they could recognize your work. If you want to confirm with us whether or not your entry might present a conflict of interest, just shoot us a note and ask.
What we’re looking for: