SEARCH: Deadline May 2! Submissions Are Open for our 2nd Annual Poetry Contest

The deadline for our second-annual poetry contest is quickly approaching. Submit to by May 2nd, 2023. No fee for entry. Win a $15 Amazon gift card.

It’s all about Bright Memories! Give us your softest dreams, warmest memories, and revive our nostalgia for times we never lived. Think about good times and sunny days. We want to be lifted up and renewed by what has already come or by echoes of the past just on the horizon. Feel free to be creative, the theme is just the starting place to inspire you to wrap us in feelings in just 20 lines (Suggested limit. If it’s somewhere around that length we won’t quibble).

Details may not inspire creativity, but they’re necessary. Here are the rules:

  • Submission in the contest gives permission for publication if selected as winner or runners-up.
  • Submit up to 20 lines of poetry. (Try not to go too much over. It’s poetry, we’re not quibbling if you need an extra line or two.)
  • Must include the poem’s title, the poem, and your email address.
  • You may submit up to three poems. You may put all three poems in the same email or submit them separately.
  • All poems must be original (no reprints).
  • The theme is Bright Memories
  • Judging will be based on creativity, form, and appeal.
  • First prize is publication in the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine and a $15 Amazon gift card
  • Runners-up may be selected for publication and a $5 Amazon gift card.
  • Submissions are open now. The deadline is May 2nd.
  • Winners and runners-up will be notified by May 15th.
  • Submit to or use the form on our contest page.

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