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GWENDOLYN BROOKS POETRY CONTEST

The Department of English and Foreign Language seeks poetry written in English by undergraduate students of Alabama A&M University full or part-time. Deadline—April 15th, 2021. PRIZES: 1st: $100, 2nd: $75, 3rd: $50.
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2021 contest rules

POEMS MUST BE...

  • Written in Microsoft Word or saved as a PDF and titled only (any self-identifying information on the po-em(s) themselves will disqualify the poem(s);
  • Formatted using 12-point sized Times New Roman font;
  • Sixty lines or less (refers only to the body of the poem);
  • Sixty-six characters or less on each line (refers to the formatting limit of sixty-six characters per line which includes letters, punctuation, and spaces. More than sixty-six characters/line or sixty lines (based on 12-point font) will not be considered);
  • Submitted with a cover letter and photo of YOU; and
  • Submitted using this link

THE COVER LETTER MUST INCLUDE...

  • Name as you want it to appear in our records, publications, and certificate;
  • A# — Banner number, Major, and Classification;
  • US Post Office mailing address and email address
  • Titles of each poem (Also, include on each poem.); and
  • Brief biography of no more than 120 words, written in third person. Feel free to add any website or contact information as well.

Click here for complete submission details

 

2020 WINNERS

1st Place     Alisha Holman     "Sunflower"
2nd Place    Ariel Wright         "Brown"
3rd Place    Faith Boyles          "Scary Things"

Honorable Mention   

Dallis Wolfe              "Eulogy of My Friend Black Man"

Philemon Jones      "Alpine Baby" 

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