It's That Time of Year Again...

... and Melusine is ready to announce its second annual poetry contest. The prize is named after T.S. Eliot's notorious first wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood. The deadline is March 1, 2011. You can view last year's winners here.

Submit up to three previously unpublished poems for a $15 reading fee. Submissions and payment are accepted online only.

The winner will receive the $500 Vivienne Haigh-Wood Prize and their poem will be featured in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue. Second and third place winners and seven honorable mentions will be published in the same issue. The top three finalists will be guaranteed spots in our first print edition, which will be appearing in 2012. All non-finalist entries will be considered for publication in the Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter 2011 issues, and all entrants will be notified by e-mail on the status of their entries.

Entries will be judged by the Melusine editors, with every effort given to judging them as blindly and impartially as possible. Please follow the formatting guidelines below to assist us with the blind judging of your entries.

Here's how to enter:

Send an e-mail to sub2melusine@gmail.com that includes two attached Word documents.

One is your short bio with contact information (your primary e-mail address plus either a secondary e-mail address or a phone number.) Notification will not be made by snail-mail, and please do not attempt to pay by snail-mail. Payment is only accepted via PayPal.

The second document should include your poem/s, without your name or contact information appearing on the page/s.

Click the button below to make your fee payment and list the title/s of your poem/s in the appropriate box. Contest entries submitted without fee payment will be considered non-contest submissions. You will receive e-mail notice that your contest entry and payment was received. It doesn't matter whether you pay or e-mail us first. You have 48 hours after e-mailing your entry to submit your payment by clicking below.

Best of luck, and we look forward to reading your entries!