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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Best Cleveland Poem Competition 2013 (UPDATED!)

The Best Cleveland Poem Competition 2013

Writers in Northeastern Ohio are asked to turn their thoughts and their pens to Cleveland and compete in the first ever Best Cleveland Poem Competition during April, National Poetry Month.
Submitted poems must be themed on some aspect of Cleveland. This may include Cleveland sports (Browns, Cavaliers, Indians, OSU, etc.), politics, landmarks (Severance Hall, Tower City, West Side Market, etc.), local celebrities, or personal memories and associations with Cleveland. Poems must be a minimum of 30 lines and a maximum of 200 lines, and poems containing profanity and/or inappropriate language or topics will be disqualified.

All poems should be submitted to initial judge Ray McNiece, English department lecturer at John Carroll University and award-winning national poet, at buddyraymc@aol.com. Ray will select the Top Ten Best Cleveland Poems. These top ten poets will perform at the competition’s concluding event for the grand prize.

A host of local celebrity judges will judge the final competition at the end of April. Final competition date, location and judges are TBA. The final competition will feature an opening performance by Ray McNiece and the band Tongue in Groove, an open mike session and the performance and judging of the Top Ten Best Cleveland Poems.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers. First place will receive a plaque of recognition as the Best Cleveland Poem winner and $100. Second place will receive $50. Third place will receive $25. All winners will also receive additional items from the venue.
This event is being sponsored by Tim Misny.

Update: The Cleveland Poetry Contest final competition will be at Willoughby Brewing Company this Sunday (May 5).  It's kicked off with Ray McNiece at 7:30, the open mike at 7:45, and then the Cleveland poets at 8:30pm.  It will be epic!  Be there!

More imporant information (from Ray McNiece April 3):
  • you can submit up to three poems. 
  • deadline is april 21st;
  •  the top ten poets via email submission must attend the final "out loud" reading which will be judged, slam style, by a panel of celebrity judges. 
  • All poets are welcome to read in the open mic portion of the program. It will be held most likely at the Willoughby Brewing Company on may 5th, 4 till 7

7 comments:

Ray McNiece said...

There have been a few questions regarding the contest: yes, you can submit up to three poems. deadline is april 21st; the top ten poets via email submission must attend the final "out loud" reading which will be judged, slam style, by a panel of celebrity judges. All poets are welcome to read in the open mic portion of the program. It will be held most likely at the Willoughby Brewing Company on Sunday April 28th at 4pm, more details to follow

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

Great! Thanks for the info!

raymcniece.com said...

new date for the reading, is may 5th at the willoughby brewing company...4 till 7...okay, start sending poems

Anonymous said...

Great idea, Ray! :)

Will the readings be scheduled or that entire time? I think that's the same day as Jawbone Saturday between the 2 PM reading and the 8 PM reading.

Anonymous said...

Should you sometime find yourself in a local library having historical Cleveland City Directories, you might find poetic East 4th Street in 1940, a "found"
poem "written" by the city itself,
and which I would submit for an "honourable mention" if I were a writer in Northeastern Ohio.

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

misnylaw.com/best-cleveland-poem-competition/

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

Ray just posted the finalist on his facebook page.
www.facebook.com/RayMcNiece

Here are the finalists for the Best Cleveland Poem Contest
1) A Clevelander in Paradise by Katie Daley
2) Few Dollar Man by Dianne Borsenik
3) Arriving in Cleveland from the East Coast by Jack McGuane
4) Shimmer by Mary Turzillo
5) Spring Tease by Catherine Criswell
6) Hunger by Theresa Gottl
7) Cicada Song by Jeffrey Bowen
8) Waiting For the Muse in Lakeview Cemetery by John Donoghue
9) Cleveland Poem by Martin Snyder
10) Dream of Iron Ore by Geoffrey Landis
there are also three alternates in case any of the above poets can't make the finals at the Willoughby Brewing Company this Sunday at 7pm
Joshua Gage, On Erie's Gray Shore
Terry Provost, Cleveland, to what Shall I lichen Thee
Ruth Coffey, Returning to Cleveland

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The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau