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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Dante's Heart Poetry Contest

Märchenbrunnen 1 (Snow White and Rose Red) by Nordelch Creative Commons


Entries Due: November 1, 2008
Winners Announced: December 2008
  • 1st Prize - $125 + Publication
  • 2nd Prize - $75 + Publication
  • 3rd Prize - Honorable Mention + Publication
Contest Judge:
Ever Saskya, Author of _The Porch is a
Journey Different From the House_
Entry Fee: $7 (USD)

What We're Looking For:
This contest seeks work that speaks to the mission of Danteʼs Heart.

Dante's Heart ( is an online venue looking for creative work that explores how myth and fairy tale define and are defined by the human experience(s). We want to celebrate the shock, wonder, bewilderment, suffering, and enchantment of myth, of the fantastic; we want to hear about rivers running with wine and ghosts jumping the Mississippi on motorcycles. We're concerned with the neglect of myth, with the blindness of a culture determined by myths it hasn't thought about; we demand (beg, entreat, scream) that myths be thought about, made and remade, handled with a delicate & angry/sad/ desperate/joyous exuberance.

Contest Rules
Submit poems by e-mail to

Submit entry fees using the "Giving" page on our website (, and e-mail us to specify that the funds are for the contest entry fee. Entries & entry fees must be received by November 1 in order to be considered for the contest.

Submit one entry only. An entry may consist of any of these:
  • 1 poem of up to 7 pages
  • A series of 2-3 inter-related poems up to 10 pages
  • A series of 4 or more inter-related poems up to 15 pages
Send your best work. Please peruse our journal, Danteʼs Heart, at, prior to submitting.

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