The Third Annual Crossroads Irish-American Writing Contest

The Crossroads Irish-American Festival, through the establishment of a Crossroads Irish-American Writing Contest, wishes to support and develop the voices of Irish-American writing. 

Through this contest, we endeavor to spur and support the development of poetry from new and aspiring writers.

First Place Award: $400.

Additionally, the winner may be invited to participate in the 10th Annual Crossroads Irish-American Festival in March 2013 by reading an excerpt from his/her submission with flight and hotel expenses paid by the Crossroads Irish-American Festival.

Poetry Writing Contest Guidelines:

Size limit: 3-5 poems (10 page maximum).

In 2012, the third year of the writing contest, we welcome the submission of poetry about Irish-America.

1. All work must be original. Please submit previously unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable.
2. Submissions in languages other than English are welcome.
3. By submitting the pieces, contest participants agree that the Crossroads Irish-American Festival and the Crossroads Irish-American Writing Contest have the right to publish the winning selections on the website after the contest’s completion. Contest participants also agree that the Crossroads Irish-American Festival and the Crossroads Irish-American Writing Contest possesses “first serial rights” to include submissions in a future print or on-line collection. If your work were to be selected for publication in this way, you will be notified. Should your work be included in such a publication and you wish to publish this same selection elsewhere, we would hope for the courtesy of a credit line.
4. Please place all of the poems in a single file inside one submitted document.
5. Poems must be submitted in Times New Roman, 12 pt. type only.
6. You may enter identifying information in the “cover letter” field, but absolutely do not include author name (or any identifying information about the author). Be sure to include email address on the “cover letter” field.
7. Entrants do not need to identify as Irish or Irish-American.
8. Winners to be notified by email.
9. Submission fee: $20.00. All fees are non-refundable. Online fee payment only.
10. Online submissions only.
11. Submission Deadline: September 30, 2012.

Click here to submit your entry.

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