Write Action literary contest open for entries

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BRSTTLEBORO —Write Action's 15th Annual Poetry and Prose Writing Contest for adults and teens. Entries will be judged anon . Each category will be judged by an esteemed writer from the tri-state area. Judge for both prose and poetry in the youth category is retired head of the Brattleboro Union High School English Department, Nancy Olson. Judge for poetry is James Kates; prose judge is Joe Mazur.

James Kates is a poet, a literary translator and the president and co-director of Zephyr Press. He has been awarded three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and the Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation for the Selected Poems of Mikhail Yeryomin (White Pine Press, 2014). He has published three chapbooks of his own poems: Mappemonde (Oyster River Press) Metes and Bounds (Accents Publishing) and The Old Testament (Cold Hub Press) and a full book, The Briar Patch (Hobblebush Books).

Joseph Mazur is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Marlboro College, in Marlboro. In 2009 he was elected to Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences. His works have appeared in Nature, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Science, and other publications. He has published seven books of literary nonfiction, including Euclid in the Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Mathematics (Finalist of the 2005 PEN/ Martha Albrand Award) and his most recent book, Fluke: The Math and Myth of Coincidence. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages.

The first place winners in both categories will be awarded $100, the second place winners $50, and third place winners $25. First-place winners will have the opportunity to read in the Spotlight Reading at this year's Literary Festival. All entries, on-line or through the post, must be sent by June 30. There is no theme this year.

Writers may submit up to three pieces of prose writing, or five poems. The first is poem or prose piece is free; $5 for each entry after that (up to four more poems or two more prose pieces). Checks should be made out to Write Action. For online submissions, payment may be made via PayPal at writeaction.org.

There are no fees for the youth category. Youth category for ages 14 to 18. First-place winners in poetry and prose will be awarded a $25 gift certificate. There will be honorable mentions in each category. Up to three entries.

How to enter:

Entries that do not conform to the guidelines will be disqualified.

Email entries as one document (except cover letter with contact information and titles sent as separate document) to info@writeaction.org, with WA Contest in the subject line, or send a hard copy of your submission to: Write Action Contest, P.O. Box 822, Brattleboro, VT 05302 (Postmarked and emailed no later than 6/30/17) Winners announced first week in August. Prose entries must be no more than 1500 words each (please double-space, 12 point font); Poems are limited to one page each (may be single-spaced). No more than one poem to a page, each to be judged separately. The author's name should not appear in any form on the submitted piece(s), only on one cover page per submission, listing name, contact information and titles.

Include phone number, email address, and postal address on cover page only, for anonymous judging. Youth entries: indicate on cover page "Youth Entry."

Eligible writers must live in southern Vermont or the tri-state region adjacent to Brattleboro, including Greenfield, Mass., and Keene, N.H.

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