Winning Writers to Award $5,000 in New Sports Poetry and Prose Contest

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Winning Writers announces a new contest for sports poetry and prose. The winners will share $5,000 in prizes, including two top awards of $1,500 each. Entries are being accepted online now at WinningWriters.com.

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Winning Writers is the sponsor of the new Sports Poetry & Prose Contest

"Poems, stories and essays about sports are too often dismissed as 'genre writing'. This contest aims to bridge the gap between the worlds of physical culture and literary culture."

Winning Writers invites entries to its new contest for sports poetry and prose. The top winners in the poetry and prose categories will each win $1,500. Two second prizes of $500 and 10 honorable mentions of $100 will also be awarded, bringing the total purse to $5,000. The winning entries will be published online at WinningWriters.com, which receives over one million page views per year.

Jendi Reiter will be the final judge of the contest. She is the author of the poetry collection A Talent for Sadness (Turning Point Books, 2003) and the award-winning poetry chapbooks Swallow (Amsterdam Press, 2009) and Barbie at 50 (Cervena Barva Press, 2010). She recently received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists' Grant for Poetry, the OSA Enizagam Award for Fiction, and the Anderbo Poetry Prize.

"Whether you're a player or a fan," says Ms. Reiter, "or the kid who counted the minutes till gym class was over, sports can bring out the best and the worst in human nature. In this arena, teamwork, loyalty, courage, disappointment, failure, fame (and shame), and second chances are regularly on display. Sports can reinforce bullying and social dominance, or offer personal empowerment to an underdog. Yet poems, stories and essays about sports are too often dismissed as 'genre writing'. This contest aims to bridge the gap between the worlds of physical culture and literary culture. We'd like to see the jocks and the writers sit down at the same lunchroom table and discover that they're both on a journey of self-transformation through disciplined risk-taking...and that they both really, really like to win."

Entries are being accepted online now through May 31 at WinningWriters.com. The fee per entry is $15, which covers 1-2 poems, one story, or one essay. Entries should be original and unpublished. Multiple entries may be submitted.

The Sports Poetry & Prose Contest is one of five contests hosted at WinningWriters.com. These include the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest, the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee), the Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse, and the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest. Over $25,000 will be awarded in all.

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Winning Writers is today's leading source for literary contest information. We have been selected as one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers" by Writer's Digest for seven years in a row (2005-2011). Our online database, Poetry Contest Insider, includes complete guidelines and rankings for over 1,250 poetry and prose contests. Our free email newsletter offers news about quality free contests and literary resources. Winning Writers was founded in 2001. Learn more at WinningWriters.com.

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