Submissions accepted January 1 — February 28, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. PST
Contest is open to poets worldwide. VCWC membership is not required.
Please read all the guidelines.
Adult Prizes: First – $100, Second – $75, Third – $50
Youth (13-17): First – $50, Second – $35, Third – $25
Youth (12 and Under): First – $35, Second – $25, Third – $15
Award Ceremony will be held on April 10, 2018 at the Pleasant Valley Senior Center in Camarillo.
All poetry forms and styles are accepted. Poems must be original and unpublished in any media whether the author received compensation or not,which excludes any poem that has been published in the VCWC newsletter, The WriteStuff. Multiple entries are accepted.
Entrants may only receive one cash prize. No entries or payment will be returned.
First Place winners of the 2017 contest in any category are ineligible to enter the 2018 contest.
Format & Presentation
Poems must be in English.
Maximum length: 31 lines including title on one page.
All poems must be titled for clarity.
Submissions must be in .doc, .docx, or PDF format.
One poem per document.
All entries must be received by Submittable by 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST) on February 28, 2018.
Author’s name, contact info, and brief bio (75 words or fewer) should be provided through the online submission process.
If your name is on the poem your entry will be disqualified.
To be published by VCWC (online or print), winners must affirm that their work at the time of entry was original and unpublished.
Please note that by submitting a piece to our contest, you are giving the Ventura County Writers Club one-time, nonexclusive publication rights to your winning entry to be published in our biannual anthology as well as temporary hosting or linking on the club’s website, www.venturacountywriters.com.
After publication, all rights revert to the author.
Category 1 – Adult: $8 per poem for VCWC Members; $10 per poem for non-members
Category 2 – Youth (17 and Under): $4 per poem
Write a third-person bio, no longer than 75 words, in a separate document.
Collect all your poems to be submitted as separate documents. We are using Submittables only for submitting poems for this contest.
Have your credit card, debit card, or PayPal info ready, as well as your bio and poems, and use the submit You will be sent to the Submittable website.
You will need to create a login and choose a password for the Submittable website, if you do not have one already, as well as provide contact information.
Submittable will guide you through your submission, starting with category choice. Your progress will be saved. You may log in later and resume your entry.
Please email email@example.com to contact our Poetry Chair. Please allow three days for response. The last two days before the due date the Poetry Chair will be around to help you until 6:00 pm Pacific Standard Time.
If you have any difficulties with the Submittable website, you may call their support staff at 855-467-8264 on weekdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CST. Outside of those hours, email them firstname.lastname@example.org and they will reply within eight hours.
VCWC strongly suggests that you do not wait until the last day to submit or request information. If you have questions you can also Contact Rhonda at 805-383-2337 after 6 p.m. or leave a message.
To encourage the craft, VCWC sponsors an annual poetry contest. We honor our past winners. If you have any information about the 2005 and 2006 poetry contests, as well as honorable mentions (HM) from past contests, please contact our information officer at email@example.com.