Thursday, March 13, 2014


Believe it or not, spring is coming, and you know what the means: the Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest is looking for entries!

Celebrate the Hessler Street Fair!!!
2014 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest & Book

1st Place Winning Poet receives $100
2nd Place Winning Poet receives $50
3rd Place Winning Poet receives $25

Mac's Backs on Coventry road will host the Poetry reading of entries for the 2014 Hessler Street Fair Poetry contest.

The rules for 2014

  • Submit up to 5 original poems. Only selected poems will be included. Each poem must have your name, street address, city, state, zip code, telephone number and e-mail address.
  • Open to ages 14 and up.
  • Shorter poems of one page or less will be favored.
  • Poets published in the book may purchase one copy of the Hessler 2014 Poetry and Prose Annual from the Hessler Street Fair Booth at Hessler Rd. & Hessler Ct. during the days of the 2014 Fair for half price. Full price will be charged for additional copies at the Fair Booth or at Mac's Backs paperbacks, 1820 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, OH - 216-321-2665
  • Emailed entries are strongly preferred. Entry deadline is April 6, 2014. Book will be released in early May.
  • A qualifying round of readings will be held at Mac's Backs Books on Coventry on Wednesday May 14th, 2014 at 7pm. About 20 minutes after all poets have read, the winners will be announced and prizes will be handed out. If you have won in the last three years you can submit to the book but will not be eligible to win a prize. To receive a prize you must read on the designated day during the Hessler Street Fair.
Poetry has always been an integral part of the Hessler Street Fair, sometimes having its own stage on the street and sometimes combining with music on the main stage, but always doing something interesting. The top three winners will be given the opportunity to read from the stage at the Hessler Street Fair, simulcast on live radio and the web, during the Fair. Poetry read on air must not include any words designated to be obscene language as stated by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

All entries should be emailed (no snail mail entries please) to:


Geoffrey A. Landis said...

I was dashing from one place to another, and just managed to arrive at the Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest reading at Mac's exactly one minute after the readings were finished, so no blog post this year about the readings, I'm afraid... But I did get there in time to hear the announcements of the winners by this year's judges. So, congratulation to this year's Hessler winners:
SECOND PLACE: Mary A. Turzillo
THIRD PLACE: dan smith

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

PS: if you didn't make it to the reading, you can still get copies of the Hessler Street Fair 2014 Anthology-- it's a great intro to Cleveland poets. Get a copy at Mac's Backs.


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