Crosswinds Poetry Contest Now Open

Crosswinds seeks English language poetry in all styles. Using Submittable, submit poems as word documents, (preferred) or PDF, using 12 point Times New Roman. Poems exceeding 60 single-spaced lines, or 30 double-spaced lines, (includes stanza breaks) or poems that exceed our maximum allowed 66 characters per-line (includes spaces and punctuation) will NOT be considered.  Any identifying information on the poem itself will disqualify the poem from consideration.  Please include a biography of 100 words or fewer, written in third person.

Reading fees are $20 for each submission of up to three poems. Reports in 2-3 months. Two submissions of up to three poems are allowed but require two separate reading fees. Please do not send more than three poems in each submission as we will only read the first three. Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered.

The winning poet will receive $1,000 with $500 and $250 awarded for second and third place respectively. Winners will receive their awards from Crosswinds in the form of a check sent to their postal mailing address no later than March 30 following the poetry contest deadline. Contest winners and finalists agree to allow Crosswinds to publish their names on this website, and other platforms.

Payment is two contributor copies for the winners and finalists and one contributor copy for the remaining authors.

More information here: Submission deadline is December 31, 2020.

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