Sunday, October 3, 2010

2010 Franklin-Christoph Poetry Contest - Now Open!
We will award $2500 in total prizes, including the $1000 cash grand prize. 10 Merit Award Winners will receive $150 Franklin-Christoph writing instruments.
Submission Period
Entries accepted Oct. 1st - Dec. 31st, at midnight EST, 2010.

What to Submit
Original, unpublished poem of any theme. Limit of 2 entries per contestant. Entries should not exceed 100 lines each.

First Prize, $1,000 cash and publication on
Ten Merit Award Winners, each to receive a $150 Franklin-Christoph writing instrument, and publication on Winners announced by March 15th, 2011.

Entry is Free
There will be no fee or other obligation for entering this contest.

December 31st, 2010. Your entry must be submitted online by this date.

Preparing Your Entry
Submit one copy of your poems by email. Provide your contact information within your email. Be sure to include your actual name and address, as we will not be able to send prizes to alternate names and addresses after winners have been announced.It is okay to use a pen name with the poem as well, and we will review with you how you would like your specifics to read before publication. It is best to avoid complex formatting, such as centered text or italic type, though alterations can be made in this regard before publication. Please make your entry easy to read — no illustrations, fancy fonts or decorative borders.

How To Submit
For 2010 we are requiring all submissions to be via email in order to better manage them internally.
Email to:
fcpoetrycontest(at) (replace (at) with @)
Please include your poetry and name and address within the body of the email. Attachments will no longer be accepted. *Note, this is a new email address from previous years. Contact name is Lauren Taylor.
Please include your name, address and contact number at the top of your email. We will hold original copies at our headquarters, and submit anonymous copies to our panel of judges.

Entries Must Be Original and Unpublished
Your entries must be original, written by you, unpublished (either in print or in an online journal), and not have received a monetary award from any other contest. Self-published work is not eligible. Exceptions: Poems posted to the web outside of online journals, such as to a bulletin board, email list, personal web page, critique site or public forums are eligible for entry. Please email us if you're unsure of eligibility. Our staff will research all submissions for prior publication.

Simultaneous Submission Allowed
You may submit your poems simultaneously to this contest and to other contests and publishers. Please notify us if one of your entries wins an award in another contest or is published elsewhere.

English Language
Poems should be in English. Poems translated from other languages are not eligible.

We respect your privacy. Franklin-Christoph does not sell or rent customer or contestant information to third parties, nor do we use it for solicitation of any kind. If you would like to sign up for our fine pen email, you can choose that option, or also follow us on Twitter for all Franklin-Christoph content.

You retain the copyright to your submission. If you place as Merit Award Winner or better, Franklin-Christoph only requests permission to publish your work on, in our email publications and in our press releases. Any other potential use will be negotiated with you.

Franklin-Christoph will utilize a panel of independent judges from a staff at a local college. Members of the FC Staff, or other economically affiliated persons are not eligible to enter. Neither are family or associates of the panel of judges.

We are open to poetry in all forms, on all subjects, short or tall, large or small. (within 100 lines)

Thank you for you participation, and we look forward to receiving your entry.

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