Poetry Contest

The Palm Springs Writers Guid Poetry Contest is open to all members beginning February 1, 2018. The contest judge is award winning and nationally known poet, Joy Gaines-Friedler, a 2 times Pushcart nominee.

A contest entry consist of 3 poems, each entry fee is $25.  Pay your entry fee online here. Cash prizes for 1st place $300, 2nd place $200, 3rd place $100.  With all winners’ permissions, poetry will be posted on PSWG website following contest. 1st and 2nd place winners will read their poems at the Guild’s April General Meeting.

Poetry Contest Rules

  • Contest entries limited to one page per poem.
  • Thirty lines of poetry including white spaces.
  • Limit of 1 entry (3 poems) per contest.
  • Poetry may be on any subject, any style, any poetic format.
  • Required font is 12 point Times New Roman.
  • All entries must be in Microsoft Word format.
  • Poet’s name should NOT be on the document.
  • Please title each of your 3 poems.
  • Each entry of up to 3 poems should be placed in one MS Word document.  Use poet’s name in subject line of email.  Example:  Sylvia Path poetry entry.  Email to PSWGcontest@gmail.com
Example of Subject line of email:
Subject: PSWG Poetry Contest. YOUR NAME HERE
Example of body of email content:
Attached please find my entry to the PSWG Poetry Contest titled, “Title Here.”
Signed, Your Name
  • No entries accepted after February 28, 2018.
  • Submit your poem to pswgcontest@gmail.com - and you can also e-mail us there if you have any questions.

About our contest judge

nullJoy Gaines-Friedler is an award winning and nationally known poet who is the author of 2 full length collections:  Like Vapor and Dutiful Heart.  A Chapbook, Capture Theory is forthcoming.

Joy holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Ashland University and studied for her Masters in English Literature at Oakland University in Michigan. Her poemshave been widely published.

She is a two-time Pushcart nominee and has won national poetry contests including The Writers Digest and the Alan Ginsberg Poetry Award.


Joy is a past instructor of InsideOut Literary Arts Project and teaches creative writing for other non-profits including the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) through the University of Michigan. She is currently an instructor for One Earth Writing, a non-profit literary arts program for teenagers in the Detroit area.

Blog:  http://joygainesfriedler.wordpress.com
Website:  www.joygainesfriedler.com

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