Entry Guidelines for the
2008 James Hearst Poetry Prize
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First Prize $1000 ... Second $100 ... Third $50
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All winners and finalists will be published in the March-April 2008 issue.
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Deadline: October 31, 2007 (must be postmarked by)
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Entry fee: $18.00 (includes a one-year subscription). Make your check or money order out to North American Review. If you are outside the US, please make sure the entry fee is in US currency and routed through a US bank.
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Rules: Two copies of up to five previously unpublished poems. No names on manuscripts. please. Your poems will be assigned log numbers so they can be "read blind." Include required cover sheet (to open a PDF you will need Adobe Reader, available for free download). Simultaneous submission to other journals or competitions is not allowed. Poems will not be returned, so please do not send an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope).
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To receive acknowledgement of receipt, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard. If you wish to receive the list of winners, please include a business-size SASE. If you would prefer to receive acknowledgement of receipt and the list of winners by e-mail, please let us know on the cover sheet. Winners will also be announced in the writers' trade magazines and on this website.
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Tips: We have noticed that long poems rarely do well -- too much can go wrong in a large space. Poems that have reached the finalist stage in our competition in the past are typically one to two pages (often much shorter). Winning poems always balance interesting subject matter and consummate poetic craft. We value both free verse and formal poems in rhyme and meter -- both open and closed forms.
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Send entries to:
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James Hearst Poetry Prize
North American Review (WS)
University of Northern Iowa
1222 W. 27th Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0516
USA
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Reminder: Please include the required cover sheet. Thank you.
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Questions? nar@uni.edu • 319 273-6455 • FAX 319-273-4326
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The Annual James Hearst Poetry Prize
James Hearst was a well-known "farmer-poet." Before his death in 1983, he published numerous poems and books and taught poetry writing at the University of Northern Iowa. Hearst's Collected Poems were published in 2001 by the University of Iowa Press.
"Polio Water in 1955" by Jeanne Emmon was awarded First Place in the 2006 James Hearst Poetry Prize
the NAR is published by the university of northern iowa