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Springfed Writing Contest  E-mail

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 Entries must be unpublished.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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Email Contest Submission to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (recommended)
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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


Prose 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

Honorable Mention

Sacred Silence by Jenifer DeBellis

Take Me by Paul L. Bancel

Prose judged by Irina Reyn

Poetry Winners

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

Honorable Mention

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


Prose finalists

1st place Rooms of Wonder by Karen Simpson

2nd place The Latrine by Alexander P. Morgan

3rd place The Gaslight by Ellen Halter

Honorable Mention

A Brief Vacation by Maria A. Costantini

The Flowers by John Jeffire

Prose judged by Jack Driscoll

Poetry Winners

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

Honorable Mention

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

Prose 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

Poetry Winners

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).






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