WELCOME! SUBMISSIONS FOR OUR 8TH ANNUAL NARRATIVE POETRY CONTEST
are OPEN for the contest from July 1 – Sept. 1
Naugatuck River Review’s Seventh Annual NARRATIVE POETRY CONTEST is being judged by Tara Betts.
Finalists, Semi-Finalists and Winners will be notified and posted here by the end of November 2015
First prize is $1000 and publication in NRR
Second prize $250 and publication in NRR
Third prize of $100 and publication in NRR
Judge for this year’s Contest is Tara Betts:
Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit and Arc & Hue. Her chapbooks include Never Been Lois Lane, 7 x 7: kwansabas, and THE GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali. Her writing has appeared in POETRY, Obsidian, Callaloo, and several anthologies. She is a co-editor for the anthology The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Mixed Race in the 21st Century. Betts earned her MFA at New England College and her Ph.D. in English at Binghamton University. She teaches at University of Illinois-Chicago.
FIRST PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES BELOW.
We accept ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY through Submittable. The contest fee of $20 (per 3 poem submission) will be accepted. Unpaid submissions will be disqualified. Emailed submissions and mailed submissions will not be considered.
Please submit no more than 3 unpublished NARRATIVE poems of no more than 50 lines per poem in ONE MSWord file (.doc or .docx or .rtf only, no .pdf please). Please remove your name from your file, as the poetry is read blind by our editorial staff and contest judge. Questions ONLY: Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. .
All poems will be considered for publication. Winners (3) will receive prize money and all finalists and semi-finalists will be rewarded with a copy of the journal.
Multiple and simultaneous submissions are discouraged, since this is a contest. We claim first North American publication rights, so rights revert to the author after the initial publication period, just please give us credit. We will only consider work that has not been previously published. All poems will be blind-read. Member CLMP
Previous contest winners, finalists and semi-finalists are listed below.
Congratulations to all winners, finalists and semi-finalists in Naugatuck River Review’s 7th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest. Here is a list of winners and finalists who will be published in Naugatuck River Review’s Winter 2016 issue. There are around 40 semi-finalists as well. Thank you to Patricia Fargnoli for judging the contest!
Prize Winners and Poems:
Cheryl Buchanan Teaching Persuasion Under Surveillance 1st Prize ($1000 plus publication in NRR’s Winter 2016 issue)
Janet Greenberg Twelve Lines 2nd prize ($250 plus publication)
Beth Paulson Still Life with Oranges 3rd prize ($100 plus publication)
Finalists and Poems:
Cristina J. Baptista Workers
Roy Bentley The Elegy of All Undefended Flesh
Anthony DeGregario Fathers
Rebecca Ellis My Father’s Life Kicks into Reverse
Robert Fanning My Father Watches His Daughter Taken Away
Melanie Figg Learning to Speak
Beth Filson One Night There Was Music
Tzivia Gover At the Midnight Diner
Marie Kane Field Guide to Killing a Scorpion
Howard Kogan Homers
Leonard Kress Graveyard-Shift
Moira MacLean-Wideman A How-To on Blooming Bellies
Jennifer Martelli Peasant Pie, Devil’s Tooth
Ashley Memory The Murder House at Sweetwater Ridge
Paul Portuges Blood
Gail Thomas Alchemy
Jeanne Wagner The Perseids
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This is a literary journal founded in order to publish and in doing so to honor good narrative poetry. Naugatuck River Review is dedicated to publishing narrative poetry in the tradition of great narrative poets such as Gerald Stern, Philip Levine or James Wright. We are open to many styles of poetry, looking for narrative that sings, which means the poem has a strong emotional core and the narrative is compressed. We publish twice a year, Winter and Summer.
Winners will be published in the Winter/Spring 2016 Issue 15 of Naugatuck River Review.
All poems will be considered for publication.
Naugatuck River Review subscribes to the principles laid out in the Contest Code of Ethics adopted by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP):
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.