Ends on June 15, 2018

$10.00 USD

Sweet is thrilled to announce its first annual Poetry Contest. Generally, we appreciate accessible poems that build towards a powerful ending, and you can always read published poems in previous Sweet issues on our website. We look forward to reading your work!

Submissions Open: March 1st, 2018 - June 15th, 2018

Award: The Poetry Contest winner will receive $500, publication in Sweet, and 10 broadside copies of their poem. All other entries will be considered for regular publication in Sweet


  • Submit up to 5 poems in a single Microsoft Word (*.doc, *.docx) document. 
  • Please remove all identifying information from your document
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome; however, please withdraw the specific poem(s) accepted elsewhere using the "Notes" function of Submittable
  • All submissions will be read by the Sweet editorial team and narrowed down to 10 finalists, which will be sent to a final judge whose name will be revealed after the end of the competition
  • The contest entry fee is $10, and all submissions will also be considered for regular publication. 

The CLMP Code of Ethics: CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage. 

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