SPRING 2019 POETRY CONTEST FOR NORTHEAST OHIO WRITERS Final Judge: Philip Metres
May 2019 Update: Stay tuned for announcements this summer regarding our next contest for Northeast Ohio Writers.
Past Contest: Gordon Square Review is pleased to announce a 2019 Poetry Contest for Northeast Ohio writers. Philip Metres will serve as the final judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with an $8 entry fee. The winner will receive $250, publication in Issue 4 of Gordon Square Review, an invitation to read at the Issue 4 launch party, and a voucher for a free Literary Cleveland class or workshop. One runner-up will also be selected for publication and invited to read at the Issue 4 launch party. The contest deadline is April 1, 2019.
To be eligible, writers must reside in Northeast Ohio—that includes the Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Youngstown, Kent, and Lorain areas—or must have a strong previous tie Northeast Ohio. Please note your location (or an explanation of your connection to Northeast Ohio—that you lived or studied here previously, etc.) in your cover letter.
Contest entries will be read blind. Please do not include your name or any identifying information anywhere on the document or in the document file name. (It is acceptable to include your name/personal information in your cover letter.)
The fee for each entry is $8. All entries will be also considered for publication.
Contest entries must be previously unpublished in either print or online venues, including personal blogs.
Writers are welcome to make a separate general submission in addition to a contest entry. There is no need to submit the same writing to both the contest and the general submission pool, as all contest entries will be considered for publication. The editors will individually notify any contest entrants selected for general publication.
Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but we ask that you withdraw your work immediately through Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. Entry fees will not be refunded in the event of a withdrawal.
All entries must be submitted via Submittable. Print or emailed entries will not be accepted. Entry fees are nonrefundable.
The winner will receive $250, publication in Gordon Square Review, promotion through Literary Cleveland’s channels, and a voucher for one Literary Cleveland class or workshop. Vouchers are non-transferrable and must be used within one year.
Gordon Square Review editors will read submissions blind and select finalists to send to the judge, who will decide the winner and runner-up. Writers with a close personal or professional relationship with the judge (such as current or past students) are not eligible.
Past Judge for Spring 2019 Poetry Contest: Philip Metres has written and translated a number of books and chapbooks, including, most recently, The Sound of Listening: Poetry as Refuge and Resistance (2018), Pictures at an Exhibition (2016), Sand Opera (2015), I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky (2015), and others. His writing has appeared widely, including in Best American Poetry, and has garnered two NEA fellowships, two Arab American Book Awards, five Ohio Arts Council Grants, the PEN/Heim Translation Grant, and the Cleveland Arts Prize, among many other honors. His poems have been translated into Arabic, Polish, Russian, and Tamil. Metres is a professor of English at John Carroll University in Cleveland, where he teaches literature and creative writing.