The Midwest Writing Center invites submissions to the 39th annual Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest. Submissions will be accepted through March 31. Prizes will be given in two categories: National (all U.S. poets eligible) and Regional (only poets residing in the northern Mississippi Valley Region that includes the states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.)
Entry fees include $10 for up to three poems; $2 for each additional poem. To submit to both national and regional contests, entry fee is $15 for up to three poems in each contest category, $2 for each additional poem. Submissions are required to be submitted electronically at http://www.midwestwritingcenter.org/submissions/
Judges for the competition include Chad Parmenter, regional judge, and Nate Pritts, national judge.
Chad Parmenter received his Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri. His poems appear in numerous venues, including Best American Poetry, Harvard Review and Black Warrior Review. His chapbook, Bat & Man: A Sonnet Comic Book, is available from Finishing Line Press. Parmenter is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Luther College in Iowa.
Nate Pritts is the author of five books of poetry. His latest book, Sweet Nothing, is described by Publishers Weekly as “baroque and irreverent, banal and romantic.” POETRY Magazine called his third book, The Wonderfull Yeare, “rich, vivid, intimate, and somewhat troubled.” His work has appeared in many journals, including Gulf Coast, Boston Review and Rain Taxi. He is the founding and principal editor of H_NGM_N, an online journal and small press.
The Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest began in 1972 and has become a premier contest in the U.S. It is funded by donations, grants, and entry fees, the contest operates through the Midwest Writing Center, a non-profit parent organization, and volunteer poets, writers, and artists.