The Akron Art Museum is sponsoring their New Words 2010 poetry contest. Postmark deadline is February 26, and -- here's the good part-- there's no reading fee. (I hate contests with reading fees.) Horray for Akron Art Museum!!
The judge will be Cleveland poet George Bilgere (author of The Going, Big Bang, Haywire: Poems and The Good Kiss, among other things-- but you knew that-- and, incidentally, the winner of the 2001 Akron Poetry Prize.) So, the contests is really very easy: all you have to do is write a poem that knocks George Bilgere's socks off.
Oh, and save the date--the top finalists will have the opportunity to read their poems (or have them read) at an awards ceremony during the New Words 2010 Poetry Reading at the Akron Art Museum on Sunday, April 25, 2010, from 2 - 4 pm.
Oh, and one more thing-- save some time to see the museum. It's a great one (and a righteously wonky new building). You might even get struck by the muse to write an ekphrastic poem! Stranger things have happened.