Let WIZ’s 2012 Spring Poetry Runoff and celebration begin!

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Got spring?   Got verse sprouting up with it?

I don’t know about anybody else, but I can’t let spring arrive without making lyrical mention.

The 2012 Vernal Equinox arrived Tuesday, March 20.   I know, I know–WIZ is running a bit behind the sun this year, due to unforeseen circumstances.   I toyed with the idea of cancelling this core event, but every spring since WIZ was born we’ve run a Spring Poetry Runoff Contest and Celebration wherein has cropped up some pretty fine poesy.   I can’t really go without seeing what will happen this year. So get your computers running, douse your muse with ice water to bestir her, and take a walk on the vernal side.   Send work to WIZ’s Third Annual Spring Poetry Runoff Contest and Celebration!

Contest rules

€¢      Submit poems to wilderness@motleyvision.org between March 26 and April 16.
€¢      All poems submitted must be original, published or unpublished work.   If the work has been previously published, please provide publication information and be sure you can grant us rights to re-publish the work.
€¢      Please submit poems no longer than 50 lines.
€¢      All poems submitted must be spring-themed or at least mention spring.
€¢      Poets may submit up to 3 poems each.
€¢      Winners of the previous year’s Most Popular Vote Award and Admin Award are not eligible for competition this year but may participate in the non-competition category of the celebration.

The contest will run from March 20 through April 20 or longer, if enough poems come in to warrant extending the contest, which is exactly what has happened the last two years.   In fact, last year, the Runoff flowed halfway across spring.   All submissions will be published on the blog, where they’ll become automatically eligible for competition as well as open to readers’ informal feedback in post comments. Authors retain all rights to their work.

Authors: Please include a short bio, 50-100 words long, with your submissions.   To help speed up scheduling and posting duties, no photos, please.   WIZ will try to sprinkle suitable spring images among the poems to brighten up the joint.   In fact, if there are any visual image artists out there who would like to submit photographs or other spring-centric images, WIZ would like to hear from you.   Please consider submitting your work to WIZ.

Entries will be posted one per day until all entries have been posted.   Following the contest’s closing, readers will vote on WIZ to choose the winning poem in the Most Popular Poem category.   We will also offer an Admin Award to a second winner, to be determined by blog administrators.

Winners will be announced within a week (or maybe two) after the last poem has been posted and all votes have been cast for the Most Popular Poem.   Winners of both the Most Popular Poem Award and the Admin Award will receive his or her choice of Fire in the Pasture (Peculiar Pages Press, 2011) or Steve Peck’s novel–which is no doubt poetic in its blood, if not in its formal bones–The Scholar of Moab (Torrey House Press, 2011).

Permit me to comment on my choices: It’s my pleasure to be able to offer as prizes publications wherein WIZ contributors makes their presences known.   Several WIZ folk are included in Peculiar Page’s Fire in the Pasture, and it’s a big deal to me to be able to offer frequent WIZ contributor Steve Peck’s first novel as a prize prospect.   We look forward to being able to offer more WIZ contributor works during future competitions.

Non-competition category: If you would like to participate in the Spring Poetry Runoff but don’t wish to compete, let us know and I’ll mark the poem, €œNot for competition. €

So if you have written a poem which mentions spring or one in which spring figures prominently and that fits WIZ’s themes and content, e-mail it to us at wilderness at motleyvision dot org or pk.wizadmin at gmail dot com.   Please review our submissions guide before submitting.   Also, please participate in our open invitation haiku chain and the Retro Review DVD giveaway of a really charming classic old film, Come Next Spring.

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WIZ’s 2011 Spring Poetry Runoff begins March 20

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The Vernal Equinox arrives Sunday, March 20.   To celebrate spring’s arrival last year, WIZ ran a Spring Poetry Runoff Contest and Celebration that had fantastic participation–a veritable cascade of sparkling poesy–and was lots of fun.   So beginning March 20, we’re running WIZ’s Second Annual Spring Poetry Runoff Contest and Celebration!

In keeping with WIZ’s mission to help develop, inspire, and promote literary nature and science writing in the Mormon writing community, we encourage poets to help call an end to winter and sing up the season of flower and vegetable patches, returning flocks, and light that takes the tarnish off the blood.

Contest rules

  • Submit poems to wilderness@motleyvision.org between March 14 and April 4.
  • All poems submitted must be original, published or unpublished work.   If the work has been previously published, please provide publication information and be sure you can grant us rights to re-publish the work.
  • Please submit poems no longer than 50 lines.
  • All poems submitted must be spring-themed or at least mention spring.
  • Poets may submit up to 3 poems each.
  • Winners of the previous year’s Most Popular Vote Award and Admin Award are not eligible for competition this year but may participate in the non-competition category of the celebration.

The contest will run from March 20 through April 8 or longer, if enough poems come in to warrant extending the contest. All submissions will be published on the blog, where they’ll become automatically eligible for competition as well as open to readers’ informal feedback in post comments. Authors retain all rights to their work.   Authors: Please include a short bio, 50-100 words long, with your submissions.   To help speed up scheduling and posting duties, no photos please.

Entries will be posted one per day until all entries have been posted.   Following the contest’s closing, readers will vote on WIZ to choose the winning poem in the Most Popular Vote Award category.   We will also offer an Admin Award to a second poet, to be determined by blog administrators.

Winners will be announced within a week after the last poem has been posted and all votes have been cast.   The winner will be awarded his or her choice of     Mark Bennion’s Psalm and Selah: A Poetic Journey Through The Book Of Mormon (Bentley Enterprises 2009), A Metaphorical God: Poems ( Persea 2008) by Kimberly Johnson, or The Clearing (Texas Tech University Press 2007) by Philip White.

If you would like to participate in the Spring Poetry Runoff but don’t wish to compete, let me know and I’ll mark the poem, €œNot for competition. €

So, if you have written a poem which mentions spring or one in which spring figures prominently and that fits WIZ’s themes and content, e-mail it to us at wilderness@motleyvision.org or pk.wizadmin@gmail.com.   Please review our submissions guide before submitting.