Contests are held for members in conjunction with each gathering to give opportunity and encouragement to keep writing and to receive constructive feedback, recognition, and deserved praise from knowledgeable judges. Subject, form, and line limit for contests are announced in the preceding newsletter. Contest deadlines are always postmarked 1 month before the next meeting . Poems are sent anonymously to judges who make written decisions and comments on each entry, to be presented orally at the meeting. Judges' choices of the top three entries in each contest are recognized with certificates, cash awards, and publication in the newsletter. Honorable mentions are awarded certificates and published in the Stanza if space allows.

Contest Submissions
(Submission to a contest constitutes permission to publish.)
Contest Poem
SUBJECT: Food (24-line limit) any form.
Judge, Alice Persons (an MPS Member), says, "Food is a great subject for poems since we can't live without it and some of us really do live to (and love to) eat. The subject is so big. I expect to be surprised by many entries. You can of course write about literal food or metaphorical food."

ABOUT THE JUDGE Alice Persons lives in Westbrook, Maine. A Maine resident since 1983, she volunteers for the nonprofit Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals. Moon Pie Press was started in 2003 by Alice Persons and Nancy Henry, who met in law school in 1983. Alice teaches part time at USM and serves on the Walker Library Board in Westbrook and contiues as publisdherr and editor of Moon Pie Press.She has three cats and a dog and is trying not to acquire any more. Her poems have been published in various journals; eight poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac on NPR. Her first chapbook was Be Careful What You Wish For published in 2003. Her second was Never Say Never in 2004. In 2007 Sheltering Pines Press of Kennebunk, Maine published her third chapbook, Don't Be A Stranger. Thank Your Lucky Stars is her first full-length collection, released in 2011. In 2011 she also had 2 poems in Garrison Keillor's third poetry anthology from The Writer's Almanac, GOOD POEMS AMERICAN PLACES (Viking). Two poems were featured in the Take Heart newspaper project and anthology by Maine Poet Laureate Wes McNair, in 2012 and 2013, and two in 2014. In December 2015 her poetry collection FANCY MEETING YOU HERE was released.

Contest Submissions
(Submission to a contest constitutes permission to publish.)

Send your contest poems to
Jennifer Doughty
278 Flaggy Meadow Rd.
Gorham, ME 04038

DEADLINE: April 13, 2016
1 poem per contest (no fee) with 2 copies of each poem (ONE identified). Use a letter-size (long, #10) envelope marked "CONTEST." Please include a SASE.

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