JRW and Richmond magazine sponsor the Shann Palmer Poetry Contest to encourage Virginia poets to share their best work. The competition is held every other year (even years), alternating with the Best Unpublished Novel Contest.
The contest is named after Shann Palmer, a long-time JRW volunteer and board member, beloved poet, and a wild- and wise-hearted creative who shared her spirit and talents freely, inspiring and encouraging others in the literary community. She passed away in December 2013, and the contest (formerly “Best Poetry Contest”) was renamed in her honor the following year.
First prize: $500, publication of winning poem(s) in Richmond magazine, and a ticket to the annual James River Writers conference.
Two finalists will each receive $200.
Deadline (postmark): Thursday, March 31, 2016
Submissions: Up to four original, unpublished poems.
Entry fee: $15.
First submit the entry fee of $15 using the “Register Today” button below and a credit card. Once you have submitted payment, you will receive a receipt via email. Print your receipt and follow the guidelines below to mail in your submission.
Submissions must be mailed to
James River Writers
2319 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23223 (more…)