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Naugatuck River Review’s Fourth Annual Narrative Poetry Contest

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Lori Desrosiers just sent out the following information on the fourth annual Narrative Poetry Contest from the Naugatuck River Review. This year the contest is going to be judged by poet Pam Uschuk.

Naugatuck River Review’s Fourth Annual NARRATIVE POETRY CONTEST will be judged by Pam Uschuk

First prize is $1000 and publication in NRR
Second prize $250 and publication in NRR
Third prize of  $100 and publication in NRR
Contest submissions are now open from July 1 – Sept. 1 

Please do not put your name anywhere on your poems. Register with Submission Manager or log in to submit. Submit no more than three (3) unpublished poems, either all in one .doc or .rtf file, or in three files entered separately. The contest fee of $20 includes a copy (pdf to all submitters, print to contributors) of the journal, and is our primary source of funding for both the contest and publication/shipping costs. Simultaneous submissions are not recommended for the contest, but if you do, please let us know immediately if a poem is accepted elsewhere so we can withdraw it from consideration. Make sure your poems are NARRATIVE, that is they tell a story or have an element of story. Lyric poems that are not narrative will be disqualified. Poems longer than 50 lines will be disqualified. If your name is all over your poems, we may become annoyed because we have to take your name off before sending them to our readers.  Good luck!


Judge for 2012 Contest:  Pam Uschuk:

Called by The Bloomsbury Review “one of the most insightful and spirited poets today,” Pamela Uschuk is the author of several volumes of poetry, including: the award-winningFinding Peaches in the Desert, One-Legged Dancer, Scattered Risks, Crazy Love and Wild in the Plaza of Memory (all published by Wings Press) and Without the Comfort of Stars(Sampark Press, New Delhi and London). Crazy Love received the 2010 American Book Award. Scattered Risks was nominated for both a Pulitzer Prize and the 2005 Zacharias Poetry Award (nomination by Ploughshares). Joy Harjo and other musicians joined Uschuk on a CD of Finding Peaches in the Desert. The author of numerous chapbooks, her work has appeared in well over two hundred fifty journals and anthologies, including Agni Review, Calyx, Future Cycles, Nimrod, Parabola, Parnassus Review, Pequod, Ploughshares, Poetry, O Taste and See, 48 Younger American Poets, etc.