2020 Poetry Contest
(Submission deadline, April 29, 2020)


We are very excited to announce our third annual Poetry Contest. Once again, there will be three cash awards: 1st Prize, $500 (and the Malovrh-Fenlon Poetry Prize); 2nd Prize, $300; and 3rd Prize, $200. These prize-winning poems, along with Finalist, Semi-Finalist, and Honorable Mention poems will be published in the 2020 edition of Quiet Diamonds, our highly-regarded poetry annual. In 2019, the work of thirty poets appeared in the journal.


Of last year’s Quiet Diamonds, poet Eric Grienke wrote: “…the poems of Quiet Diamonds have a common and acute attention to language and imagistic detail that makes a finely cut gem.” John Sheirer, Editor of Freshwater, observed: “These poems exist in an array of vivid, earthy details so that we can feel them on out skin as well as in our hearts and minds.” Matthew J. Spireng, award-winning poet and author, commented that “There are poems of life and death, music and silence, light and dark, poems that are a pleasure to discover.”


Once again this year, the judges will select poets from among the Contest entrants to be invited to submit chapbook manuscripts to be considered for publication by Orchard Street, a press that has established a reputation for presenting books that are both intellectually-emotionally engaging and aesthetically appealing. In 2019, Orchard Street chose twelve chapbooks for publication.


How to Enter


Submit four previously unpublished, original poems (typed, single-spaced, no one poem longer than two pages), the $14 entry fee (check to The Orchard Street Press), and a SASE for results to:


The Orchard Street Press
P.O. Box 280
Gates Mills, Ohio 44040


Contest deadline is postmark of April 29, 2020


We look forward to the privilege of reading your work!


If you have questions, you can contact Orchard Street via email
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