Sunday, August 19, 2007


Virginia's Roanoke Valley Branch of the National League of American Pen Women is pleased to announce its annual contest.


Virginia’s Roanoke Valley Branch of the National League of American Pen Women

The judge for this year's contest is Maurice Ferguson, a graduate of Roanoke College. Mr. Ferguson lives in Buchanan, Virginia with his wife, son and a menagerie of animals. He is employed as a therapist and works extensively with addicts, alcoholics, prisoners and the homeless.

He was a chief editor of Artemis Journal, coordinated several writer's workshops in the Roanoke Valley, organized numerous literary events, conducted a contest for prisoners and printed an anthology of prisoner's poems, Context Crumble. Mr. Ferguson has published in Samsara Quarterly, Melic Review, Piedmont Literary Quareterly, Inlet, Artemis and the Roanoke Review.

Entry Deadline: Postmark February 1, 2008

Subject: Any Form: Line Limit: 40*


1)Only original, unpublished poetry accepted. Websites are considered publishing.*

2)Submit 2 copies of each poem, typed on 8 ½” x 11” paper. Name, address and e-mail address on only one copy*. Entry by e-mail is not allowed.

3) Contest entry grants permission to publish winning entries in any future Roanoke NLAPW publications.

4)Winners will be notified by April 17, 2008.

5)Entry Fee: $5.00 per entry*. No limit to entries. Make checks payable to Roanoke Valley Branch, NLAPW.

6)Prizes: $100, $75, $50 and Honorable Mention $5.

7)Winning poems will be read at the May Meeting of NLAPW. Proceeds from the contest will be used to help fund a scholarship.

8)Names of award winners will be available by e-mail only, no SASE.

Mail entries to:
Co-Chairman, Margaret DuBois
P. O. Box 388
Salem, VA 24153-0388

Visions and Voices, Pens and Brushes, an anthology of previous winning poems, is available for $10.00 each plus $2 shipping. (Virginia residents add .50 sales tax) Please mail requests to the above address.

*Incorrectly submitted poems will be disqualified and entry fees retained by branch.

Please note that winners will be posted on this website by June 1, 2008.


mgarman said...
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mgarman said...

I submitted entries into the 2008 Poetry Contest after reading about it in the December 14, 2007 edition of The Roanoke Times & World News (Community Events).

Today, April 24th, 2008, I learned about this website after locating a representative of your group.

I am disappointed to learn (after discovering and reading this website today) that there was specific criteria for entering this contest, and if these rules were not followed, entries would automatically be disqualified and no refunds would be given.

I understand the need for specific criteria, however, the newspaper ad was void of such details, and this website address was not given ...

I had no way of knowing the rules for entry, and failed to meet the criteria for submissions. I must therefore assume my work was disqualified (and discarded??).

I never received a receipt for my entry fees, and I was not notified that my work received, accepted or disqualified.

I hope that this comment will inspire change for the mannor in which future contests are advertised and handled...

Thanks for the opportunity to express my opinion~