What to Submit?
This contest was inspired by Heather Ober and her poem “Then and Now”. Many of us here, because we’re old farts, remember the years of white out, carbon paper, mimeograph paper, but especially the old typewriters; manual, not electric, that we could pound on the keys and touch a key without it typing anything. What was the most fun, however, was throwing the carriage back after the bell rung “Ding Blam!” Believe it or not in high school I could type 70 words a minute with the correct allowance for errors—there was a girl in the class that beat me with 80. Yes, I took typing so I could do reports faster and the class was mostly girls (I’m not completely stupid lol). Anyway, for most of the twentieth century writers used the typewriter. Write a poem that talks about writing that way, use Faulkner, Hemmingway and others as an inspiration but take the writing instrument of the time to take me there somehow, someway. Recall the reporters who we watched in the old movies typing with one finger, think of the sounds, the paper, the crumpled mistakes---do it! Any form, not too short, not too long.
First Prize, Glory
Second Prize, Glory
Third Prize, Glory
Preparing Your Entry
Submit one copy of your poem online. Format your poem. Please make your entry easy to read — no illustrations or fancy fonts.
Poems should be in English. Poems translated from other languages are not eligible, unless you wrote both the original poem and the translation.
A Note to Poetry Contestants
You are welcome to enter this contest, whether or not you won a prize in one of my previous contests.