2021 Poetry Contest

Contest Sponsors

Ain’t Got No Press • Akshaya Pawaskar • Alexandra Umlas • Amélie Frank • Angele Ellis • Angélique Jamail, Author • Arroyo Seco Press • Author & Book Promotions • Beakful & Urtica • Betsy Mars • Bill Cushing • Carey Link • Carol Carpenter • Carrie Magness Radna • Charlie Brice • Chris Vannoy • Christian Garduno • Christopher Nielsen • Chuck Peek • Compulsive Reader • Daniel S. Irwin • David Flynn • Don Krieger • Dreams & Nightmares Magazine • Frank Mundo • Guinotte Wise • Ink Publications • Jonathan Yungkans • Joshua Corwin • Judith R. Robinson • Lannie Stabile • Larry O. Bubar • Lawrence Berger • LB Sedlacek • Lesléa Newman • Linda Kleinbub • Lummox Productions • M. J. Arcangelini • Mary Langer Thompson • Muddy River Poetry Review • Neil Leadbeater • Randal A. Burd, Jr. • Rohini Sunderam • Rolland Vasin • Ron Kolm • Samantha Terrell • SFPA – Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association • Sibling Revelry Poetry • Silver Birch Press • Space Cowboy Books • Susan Tutors • Susana H. Case • Suzanne O’Connell • Sybaritic Press • Tebot Bach • Tina Hacker • Unlikely Books • Voices Israel Group of Poets in English • Winning Writers

Entry Guidelines

  • The Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest is open to all human beings on planet Earth. (except for the three judges)
  • Enter as many poems as you like.
  • Poems may be of any style, length, or subject matter.
  • Previously published poems are accepted. However, because the contest is judged blindly (with names removed from the poems) if a judge recognizes a poem from somewhere, they have the right to mark it as ineligible.
  • This contest is separate from weekly Poet of the Week consideration. Submissions for Poet of the week consideration must be separate from Contest Submissions and the same poems may not be submitted for both.
  • There is a One Dollar Per Poem (US Funds Only) entry fee.
  • Poems are sent to the three contest judges with your name removed. The judges score each poem from 0-5 using quarter point intervals. (0, .25, .5, .75, 1, 1.25, 1.5, etc…)
  • Poems are sent to judges only after you fill out the Contest Entry Form and we have received your payment.


To enter gather your poems into a single document (either Word .doc, .docx or RTF).

  • Do not include your name in the document.
  • Please use a basic font such as Times New Roman, Helvetica or Arial.

Click here to go to the entry form.

Deadlines Etcetera

  • The deadline to enter is Saturday, September 18th, 2021 at midnight (pacific)
  • If you are paying by check, the deadline for postmarking your entry fee is Saturday, September 18, 2021.
  • Regardless of when you postmark, your entry fees must be received by Wednesday, September 22. So if you’re mailing your entry fee, please account for the amount of time it will take for your it to travel between your home and Los Angeles.
  • This is a not for profit contest. All of the collected entry fees will be divided between the top three scoring poems (minus postage for mailing out additional prizes. See Prize List below)
  • Once your entry fee is received, your poems will be sent with your name removed to the three judges who will score them 0 – 5 (5 being best).
  • Your poems will not be forwarded to the judges until your entry fee is received.
  • If you have any questions or need any of the contest details clarified, please e-mail Rick@PoetrySuperHighway.com

Prizes

First Prize: 50% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH website.

Second Prize: 30% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH website.

Third Prize: 20% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH website.

In addition, contest sponsors Rolland Vasin and Lummox Productions have each donated $300 (total $600) which will be added to the prize poet divided by the three winning poets.  Also, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to supplement the cash prizes with an impressive array of prizes which would be of interest to poets and writers. The following prizes will be used to bolster first through third prize as well as distributed to other contest entrants. Our goal is to be able to send every single person who enters the contest something.

Additional Prizes:

Ain’t Got No Press
www.poetrysuperhighway.com
1 copy of the book “The Tokyo-Van Nuys Express” by Rick Lupert

Akshaya Pawaskar
1 copy of the book “The falling in and the falling out” by Akshaya Pawaskar

Alexandra Umlas
2 copies of the book “At the Table of the Unknown” by Alexandra Umlas

Amélie Frank
1 copy of the book “Beyond The Valley of the Contemporary Poets 1997 Anthology”
7 copies of the book “Beyond The Valley of the Contemporary Poets 1998 Anthology”
6 copies of the book “Beyond The Valley of the Contemporary Poets 2001 Anthology”
17 copies of the book “Beyond The Valley of the Contemporary Poets 2002 Anthology”
11 copies of the book “Beyond The Valley of the Contemporary Poets 2003 Anthology”
6 copies of the book “Beyond The Valley of the Contemporary Poets 2004 Anthology”

Angele Ellis
https://www.linkedin.com/in/angele-ellis-03985a31/
3 original Shakespearean-style sonnets written by Angele Ellis for a special occasion. 8″ x 10″ PDF format. Suitable for printing and framing.

Angélique Jamail, Author
www.AngeliqueJamail.com
1 copy of the book “Finis.” by Angélique Jamail
1 copy of the book “Homecoming” by Angélique Jamail
1 copy of the book “The Sharp Edges of Water” by Angélique Jamail
1 copy of “Sonic Chihuahua zine” (volume 2, issue 1)

Arroyo Seco Press
www.arroyosecopress.org
10 Copies of the book “Leave With More Than You Came With” by Christian Lozada and Steven Hendrix

Author & Book Promotions
www.author-promotions.com
2 copies of the book “Becoming: The Life & Musings of a Girl Poet” by Nadia Janice Brown

Beakful & Urtica
urticalitblog.blogspot.fr
1 book of the winners choice published by Beakful
1 book of the winners choice published by Urtica

Betsy Mars
https://marsmyst.wordpress.com/
1 copy of the anthology “Floored” edited by Betsy Mars featuring 27 poets from around the world
1 copy of the book “In the Muddle of the Night” by Betsy Mars and Alan Walowitz
1 copy of the book “Alinea” by Betsy Mars

Bill Cushing
2 copies of the book “Music Speaks” by Bill Cushing

Carey Link
1 set of the three books “To Light a House of Bones”, “Through the Kaleidoscope” and “I Walk a Frayed Tightrope Without a Safety Net” by Carey Link

Carol Carpenter
1 copy of the book “In the space we leave behind” by Carol Carpenter
1 copy of the book “Love and Besides” by Carol Carpenter
1 copy of the book “Open Sky” by Carol Carpenter

Carrie Magness Radna
https://carriemagnessradna.com
1 copy of the book “Conversations with dead composers at Carnegie Hall” by Carrie Magness Radna

Charlie Brice
1 copy of the book “All the Songs Sung” by Charlie Brice

Chris Vannoy
https://www.facebook.com/cvannoy777
2 copies of the book “What is BEAT” by Chris Vannoy

Christian Garduno
https://gumroad.com/christiangarduno
2 copies of the book “Digital Pompeii: The Lost MySpace Archives” by Christian Garduno.

Christopher Nielsen
https://christophernielsenpoetry.com/
2 copies of the book “A Kaleidoscope of Love” by Carla Joy Martin

Chuck Peek
1 copy of the book “Nebraska–Conflicting Reports” by Chuck Peek

Compulsive Reader
http://www.compulsivereader.com
1 one-month advertisement of your book in Compulsive Reader.

Daniel S. Irwin
1 copy of the book “East of Bengazi” by Daniel S. Irwin

David Flynn
2 copies of the book “Selected Poems” by David Flynn

Don Krieger
http://DonsPoetryPage.com
2 copies of the book “Discovery” by Don Krieger

Dreams & Nightmares magazine
https://dreamsandnightmaresmagazine.blogspot.com/p/submission-guidelines-i-print-primarily.html
3 One-year (3-issue) PDF subscriptions to the venerable speculative-poetry magazine “Dreams and Nightmares”

Frank Mundo
https://www.amazon.com/Frank-Mundo/e/B004KUAB1Y
2 copies of the book “Eleven Sundry Flowers” by Frank Mundo

Guinotte Wise
www.wisesculpture.com
2 copies of the book “I Was In The Vicinity” by Guinotte Wise

Ink Publications
https://inkpublications1.wixsite.com/mysite
1 copy of “The Anatomy of a Cratedigger” by Eric Evans

Jonathan Yungkans
3 copies of the book “Beneath a Glazed Shimmer” by Jonathan Yungkans

Joshua Corwin
www.joshuacorwin.com
2 copies of the book “Becoming Vulnerable” by Joshua Corwin
1 Featured Podcast Interview on Assiduous Dust

Judith R. Robinson
http://www.judithrrobinson.com/
2 copies of the book “Carousel” by Judith R. Robinson

Lannie Stabile
http://www.cephalopress.com/good-morning-to-everyone/
2 copies of the book “Good Morning to Everyone Except Men Who Name Their Dogs Zeus” by Lannie Stabile

Larry O. Bubar
1 copy of the books “Poetry of War” volumes 1 and 2 by Larry Bubar

Lawrence Berger
https://www.linkedin.com/in/lawrenceberger/
1 copy of the book “Instant Poetry (Just add words!)” by “Laughing” Larry Berger

LB Sedlacek
http://www.lbsedlacek.com
1 copy of the book “The Poet Protection Plan” (nonfiction) by LB Sedlacek
1 copy of the book “Red Headed Eskimos and Other Poems” by LB Sedlacek
2 copies of the book “For the Love of Poetry, LB Sedlacek is a Woman” by LB Sedlacek
1 copy of the book “Star Maps” by LB Sedlacek

Lesléa Newman
https://lesleanewman.com/
1 copy of the book “I Carry My Mother” by Lesléa Newman
1 copy of the book “I Wish My Father” by Lesléa Newman

Linda Kleinbub
https://www.instagram.com/lindakleinbub/
2 copies of the anthology “The Silver Tongued Devil” Edited by Linda Kleinbub & Anthony C. Murphy

Lummox Productions
www.lummoxpress.com
$300.00 added to the prize poet divided by the winning poets.

M. J. Arcangelini
https://mjarcangelini.bandcamp.com/merch
1 copy of the book “What the Night Keeps” by M.J. Arcangelini
1 Copy of the book “A Quiet Ghost” by M.J. Arcangelini

Mary Langer Thompson
1 $15.00 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble

Muddy River Poetry Review
1 book of poetry from Zvi Zesling’s Personal Library

Neil Leadbeater
2 copies of the book “Reading Between the Lines” by Neil Leadbeater

Randal A. Burd, Jr.
http://theedgeofmemory.com
2 signed and numbered copies of the book “Memoirs of a Witness Tree” by Randal A. Burd, Jr. (Kelsay Books, 2020)

Rohini Sunderam
https://fictionpals.wordpress.com
1 copy of the book “Twelve Roses for Love” by Rohini Sunderam

Rolland Vasin
$300.00 added to the prize poet divided by the winning poets.

Ron Kolm
7 copies of the book “Swimming in the Shallow End” by Ron Kolm

Samantha Terrell
http://SamanthaTerrell.com
2 copies of the book “Vision, and Other Things We Hide From” by Samantha Terrell

SFPA – Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association
www.sfpoetry.com
2 one-year memberships with the SFPA includes 4 issues of Star*Line, The Rhysling and the Dwarf Stars Anthologies (Digital only PDFs)

Sibling Revelry Poetry
siblingrevelrypoetry.newwindpublishing.com
5 copies of the book “Hand on My Heart: Poems” by Anara Guard
5 copies of the book “Red Thread Through a Rusty Needle” poetry by Gay Guard-Chamberlin

Silver Birch Press
https://www.silverbirchpress.com/
20 copies of the book “Gerald Locklin: New and Selected Poems (1967-2007)” by Gerald Locklin

Space Cowboy Books
http://www.spacecowboybooks.com
2 copies of the book “Betelgeuse Dimming” by Jean-Paul L. Garnier

Susan Tutors
5 copies of the children’s book “The Missing Toe Cylinder” by Susan Taylor

Susana H. Case
www.susanahcase.com
2 copies of the book “Body Falling, Sunday Morning” by Susana H. Case

Suzanne O’Connell
www.suzanneoconnell-poet.org
1 copy of the book “A Prayer For Torn Stockings,” by Suzanne O’Connell
1 copy of the book “What Luck,” by Suzanne O’Connell

Sybaritic Press
https://www.sybpress.com/
2 copies of “Gondal Heights: A Bronte Tribute Anthology” edited by Marie C Lecrivain

Tebot Bach
http://tebotbach.org
2 copies of Spillway 29 guest edited by Lynne Thompson and Patricia Smith

Tina Hacker
2 copies of the book “GOLEMS” by Tina Hacker

Unlikely Books
https://www.unlikelybooks.org/
1 copy of the book “fata morgana” by Joel Chace
1 copy of the book “Typescenes” by Rodney A. Brown
1 copy of the book “Political AF: A Rage Collection” by Tara Campbell
1 copy of the book “The Deepest Part of Dark” by Anne Elezabeth Pluto
3 copies of the book “Swimming Home” by Kayla Rodney
3 copies of the book “The Mercy of Traffic” by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
3 copies of the book “Cantos Poesia” by David E. Matthews
1 copy of the book “anonymous gun.” by Kurtice Kucheman
1 copy of the book “Ghazals 1-59 and Other Poems” by Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt
1 copy of the book “brain : storm” by Michelle Greenblatt
1 copy of the book “Definitions of Obscurity” by Vernon Frazer and Michelle Greenblatt
1 copy of the book “ASHES AND SEEDS” by Michelle Greenblatt
1 copy of the book “pleth” by j/j hastain and Marthe Reed

Voices Israel Group of Poets in English
www.voicesisrael.com
2 copies of the book “A Second Decade of Poems” published by Voices Israel – selections from that decade’s annual anthologies

Winning Writers
https://winningwriters.com/
2 copies of the book “Bullies in Love” by Jendi Reiter, signed by the author

Meet Your Judges

Taylor Byas (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Taylor Byas is a Black Chicago native currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is now a third year PhD student and Yates scholar at the University of Cincinnati, and an Assistant Features Editor for The Rumpus. She was the 1st place winner of both the Poetry Super Highway and the Frontier Poetry Award for New Poets Contests. Her work appears or is forthcoming in New Ohio Review, Borderlands Texas Poetry Review, Glass, Iron Horse Literary Review, Hobart, Frontier Poetry, SWWIM, TriQuarterly, and others. Her chapbook, Bloodwarm, is forthcoming from Variant Lit this summer. She is represented by Rena Rossner of The Deborah Harris Agency.

Taylor Byas
Kathleen Holliday (Salish Sea, Washington)

Kathleen Holliday lives on an island in the Salish Sea in Washington State. Her writing has appeared in The Bellingham Review, The Blue Nib Literary Magazine, Cathexis Northwest Press, Common Ground Review, Ocotillo Review, Poetry Super Highway, SHARK REEF, and The Write Launch. She is a graduate of Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN. Her debut chapbook, Putting My Ash on the Line, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2020. Two of her poems, “Indoor Life” and “The Wine-Dark Sea” were tied for 4th place in the Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contests 2019 and 2020. Her poem, Boatman, Pass By, was long-listed in the Fish Poetry Prize 2021, judged by Billy Collins. Some of her published work can be read and heard at: www.kathleenholliday.com

Kathleen Holliday
Jonathan Yungkans, Los Angeles, California

Jonathan Yungkans is a Los Angeles-based writer and photographer who earned an MFA from California State University, Long Beach while working as an in-home health-care provider, an occupation he continues to this day. His work has appeared in High Shelf Press, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Panoply: A Literary Zine, San Pedro Poetry Review, Synkroniciti and other publications. His second poetry chapbook, Beneath a Glazed Shimmer, won the 2019 Clockwise Chapbook Prize and was published by Tebot Bach in 2021.

Jonathan Yungkans

Contest Calendar

  • June 30: Contest begins
  • July 5-11: Judges featured as Poets of the Week
  • July 11, 2:00 pm (pacific): PSH Live Judges Event: Live broadcast (Via Zoom and Facebook Live) where Judges had the chance to read poems and discuss the contest. Watch it on our website here or on Facebook here.
  • September 19: Final deadline for contest entries. (Entry fees must be received by PayPal or postmarked by October 5 or they’ll be returned.)
  • September 25: Judges deadline for returning scored poems.
  • October 1: Second round scoring deadline (in the event of tied scores.)
  • October 3, 2:00pm (pacific): PSH Live Event: “Winners Announced” in a special broadcast. Listen to it live and if any of the winners happen to be listening, they’ll be invited to call in and read their winning entries live on the air..
  • October 4 – 10: Contest Winners featured as Poets of the Week.