2017 Springfed Arts Writers Contest will accept submissions emailed or postmarked from February 15, 2017 through April 15, 2017. This year's judges are Robert Fanning and Steve Amick.
Poetry & Prose Prizes
1st Prize $150
2nd Prize $100
3rd Prize $75
RULES: This Members Only contest is funded and sponsored by Springfed Arts. Submission Guidelines: Free submission for current and 2016 Springfed Arts members only. No name on poetry or prose submission pages. Prose (prose includes fiction, nonfiction & memoir) must be double-spaced 10 pages or less. (An excerpt of a longer piece may be used.) A cover page should include your name, address, phone, email, and title of piece. Poetry should include 3 poems no more than 5 total pages, with name, address, phone, email, and titles of poems on cover sheet. All submissions must be typewritten. All submissions may be emailed as a Word Document (or sent by postal service). Join or renew a membership online or include your membership check in postal package. There is no contest application form. Your membership will suffice. Outside envelope should state” poetry contest” or “fiction contest” in the lower left hand corner. Deadline must be postmarked by April 15, 2017. Entries must be unpublished. Manuscripts that do not follow the above rules will be discarded. Your manuscript is non-returnable. Winners will be announced in the May newsletter and will be invited to read at a Springfed Arts event.
The 2017 judge for poetry is Robert Fanning. The 2017 judge for prose is Steve Amick.
Springfed Arts entrusts a preliminary judge who culls through all submissions. We send 15 finalist poem entries to the poetry judge and 5 finalist prose entries to the prose judge. Writers who teach for Springfed Arts are not eligible to enter the contest. Winners read their winning entries, Tuesday, August 22, 7pm, Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 (just north of Lone Pine Road). Wine, coffee, tea and cookie kiosk. Free and open to the public.
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MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION FORM
Email Contest Submission to:
Or send to:
John D. Lamb - Springfed Arts
P.O. Box 304
Royal Oak, MI 48068-0304
Robert Fanning is the author of five poetry collections, including three full-length collections: Our Sudden Museum (forthcoming, Salmon Poetry, Ireland), American Prophet (Marick Press), and The Seed Thieves (Marick Press), as well as two chapbooks: Sheet Music ( Three Bee Press), and Old Bright Wheel (Ledge Press Poetry Award). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, and other journals. Recent work has also appeared on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor on NPR, and Fanning was interviewed at the Library of Congress for the nationally-syndicated radio program “The Poet and the Poem.” A graduate of the University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College, he is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Central Michigan University. He is also the founder and facilitator of the Wellspring Literary Series in Mt. Pleasant, MI., where he lives with his wife, sculptor Denise Whitebread Fanning, and their two children.
Steve Amick is the author of The Lake, the River & the Other Lake and Nothing But a Smile. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he received a BA from St. Lawrence University and an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University. His short stories have appeared in Playboy, The Southern Review, The New England Review, Story, McSweeney’s, in the anthology The Sound of Writing, and on National Public Radio. On walks with his wife and young son, he often passes the original Argus Camera building.
Springfed Arts 2016 Writing Contest Finalists
Poetry Finalists 2016
1st place Swings by Susan Knoppow
2nd place Ornament by Caroline Maun
3rd place A Subtle Passing by Mary Stebbins Tait
Honorable Mention Spiderweb by Patricia Barnes
Honorable Mention A Taxonomy of Every Little Thing by Jeffrey Hermann
Poetry judged by Matthew Olzmann
Prose Finalists 2016
1st place The Trouble with Betty by Bobbie Crawford
2nd place The Curtain by Paul Bancel
3rd place The Prisoner by Nadia Ibrashi
Honorable Mention Factory Outlet by Phillip Sterling
Honorable Mention Coed (an excerpt from a memoir) by Mary Minock
Prose judged by Eric Jerome Dickey
There were 51 total contest entrants (34 poets and 17 prose writers).
Winners read their winning entries, Tuesday, August 30, 7pm, Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 (just north of Lone Pine Road). Wine, coffee, tea and cookie kiosk. Free and open to the public.
Springfed Arts 2015 Writing Contest Finalists
1st place Maybe A Bite or Two by John Jeffire
2nd place Always Wear Your Boots by Liza Young
3rd place Old Fish by Philip Sterling
Sacred Silence by Jenifer DeBellis
Take Me by Paul L. Bancel
Prose judged by Irina Reyn
1st place Ann’s Cup by Alexander P. Morgan
2nd place Ampersand by Mary Butler
3rd place Sunday in the Park, Claire, Michigan by Sophia Rivkin
Lost in Song by Mary Minock
For Janet: Four Questions and Reflections by Gregory Loselle
Poems judged by Wyn Cooper
There were 39 total contest entrants (24 poets and 15 prose writers).
Springfed Arts 2014 Writing Contest Finalists
1st place Rooms of Wonder by Karen Simpson
2nd place The Latrine by Alexander P. Morgan
3rd place The Gaslight by Ellen Halter
A Brief Vacation by Maria A. Costantini
The Flowers by John Jeffire
Prose judged by Jack Driscoll
1st place After Our Country Grandmother Died by Mary Schmitt
2nd place In The Henry Ford Museum Archives by Mary Minock
3rd place Cicada by Sophia Rivkin
Our Lady of the Rosary by Ken Meisel
Damballah by Melinda Weinstein
Can Words Create or Define Reality During Storms? by Donna Vinstra
Poems judged by Jim Daniels
There were 66 total contest entrants (43 poets and 23 prose writers).
Springfed Arts 2013 Writing Contest Finalists
1st place The Fetishist by Nadia Ibrashi
2nd place Excerpt from River Rouge by John Jeffire
3rd place Bones in a Box by Alexander Morgan
Honorable Mention The Right Thing by Linda Sienkiewicz
Honorable Mention The John Holland Story by Jon Zech
Prose judged by Robert Olmstead
1st place Florida by Terry Blackhawk
2nd place Once in a Blue Moon by Elizabeth Mitchell
3rd place Prayer for Poojah by Nadia Ibrashi
Honorable Mention Monarchs by Kevin Griffin
Honorable Mention If It Wasn’t for Snow by Liza Young
Poems judged by Denise Duhamel
There were 75 total contest entrants (48 poets and 27 prose writers).