Monthly Contest

I ran the first monthly poetry contest in October 2020, on a lark. An Economist notification on my phone sounded like an interesting prompt, and I thought it would be a fun way to get the creative juices going when pandemic life was draining the artistic energy from so many people that I knew. I had such fun with it that I decided to make it a regular event.

The Rules

I will post the new prompt on this site within the first five days of the new month. I will also share it to social media, and in the Poetry & Practice monthly newsletter. Email your poem to by the deadline listed alongside the prompt.

I publish the winning poems; poets retain all rights to their work.

Previous winners must wait three months before entering again.

The Prize

I will select one winner each month, and publish their winning poem on this site. The prize is a $25 gift certificate to the independent bookstore of your choice.

Past Winners

May 2021
Medha Goel, Untitled Poem
Prize: $25 directly to the poet

April 2021
SurvivalWolves Collective, “It is my time
Prize: $25 to Kaze Shadow

March 2021
Ojo Taiye, “Hereditary Blues
Prize: $25 directly to the poet

February 2021
Peter H. Schmidt, “Rise Up
Prize: $25 donation to Caritas of Austin

January 2021
Lisa Janice Cohen (untitled haiku)
Prize: $25 donation to Central Texas Food Bank

December 2020
Christa Pandey, “Christmas Cento
Prize: $25 donation to Conspirare

November 2020
Colleen Joy Miller, “G’mornink
Prize: $25 donation to Room to Read

October 2020
Carol Dorf, “At This Resolution
Prize: $25 to East Bay Booksellers

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