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The Hudson Valley Writers Guild is pleased to announce this year’s poetry contest. Cash prizes will be awarded to first ($100), second ($75), and third place ($50) poems. The winning poets will be invited to read their winning submissions at a program in the fall.

All contestants must be residents of New York State. The entry fee is $10 for HVWG members and $15 for non-members. Checks made payable to HVWG must accompany submissions. If $30 membership fee is paid with submission, please enclose a separate check. HVWG Board of Directors and their families and/or current or past students and family of judges are ineligible.

Entries must be postmarked between June 15-August 15, 2015. One to three previously unpublished poems may be submitted. Poems must not exceed 40 lines. Contact information must not appear anywhere on the submission. A cover letter must include: name, address, phone number, email, title, and line count. Submissions must be typed using 12pt Times New Roman or Cambria font.  Send three hard copies by mail. No email submissions. Please no pornography or erotica.

This year’s judges are Howard Kogan and Cheryl A.Rice.

Howard Kogan is an award winning poet whose work has appeared in many literary journals including Still Crazy, Occupoetry, Poetry Ark, Naugatuck River Review, Jewish Currents Anthology (2014), Jewish Currents Calendar (2015) Writer’s Haven, Farming Magazine, Literary Gazette, Pathways, Up the River, Point Mass Anthology, Misfit Magazine. He has also published a book of poems, Indian Summer, and a chapbook, General Store Poems.

In 2011 he was the Poet Laureate of Smith’s Tavern, Voorheesville, NY.  He was a finalist in the second Annual Jewish Currents Dora and Alexander Raynes Poetry Competition, a semi-finalist in the Naugatuck River Review Annual Contest (2014) and one of three first place winners of the Rensselaerville Festival of Writers Poetry Contest (2014).

Cheryl A. Rice‘s work has appeared in Baltimore Review, Chronogram, Florida Review, Home Planet News, Mangrove, The Temple, andWoodstock Times, and in the anthologies, Wildflowers, Vol. II (2002: Shivastan Publishing), For Enid With Love (2010: NY Quarterly Books), andA Slant of Light  (2013:Codhill Press), among others. She is the author ofMoses Parts the Tulips (2013: APD Press), My Minnesota Boyhood (2012: Post Traumatic Press), and Auction (2004, Flying Monkey Press; 2nd edition 2010). Her CDs are: Nobody Slept Last Night (2003, Another Poor Bastard Productions), and Girl Poet (2007, Flying Monkey Productions). She is also founder and host of the Sylvia Plath Bake-Off.

All entrants will be notified of winners by email unless a SASE is provided. Results will be posted on the HVWG website: http://hvwg.org.

Contact Jan Tramontano at jantramontano@gmail.com for more information. Mail submissions and entry fee to: HVWG CONTEST c/o Jan Tramontano, 14 Brookwood Avenue, Albany, NY  12203