Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Deadline: Best New Poets 2007

Yes, there are lots of contests out there that vie for attention, but this is one I like. You can submit, pay your entry fee, and check the status of your entry online. And while I entered and did not win last year (*sigh*), I'm throwing my hat in the ring once again.

The 2006 edition looked really nice, but what I appreciated most was the transparency of their selection process. Best New Poets 2007 is run by Meridian magazine from the University of Virginia.

There are less than two weeks left in the Open Competition for Best New Poets 2007: The final deadline for all entries is June 15, 2007. See www.bestnewpoets.org for full details. Open Competition entries require a reading fee of $8 and all entries (and fees) must arrive through our Web site. In the meantime, we continue reading the 2007 entries some of you have already sent, and you can always monitor the status of your submission at www.bestnewpoets.org/status.html.

As always, we try to keep things at Best New Poets as transparent as we reasonably can and plan to announce final results by the first week of August. Our blog is active and a good way to monitor where we are in the selection process. In addition, we just shipped the last of our Best New Poets 2006 anthologies out to book distributors, which likely means an even larger print run for 2007. Check out our order page if you want one of the 2006 editions before they're gone.

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