Five Poetry and Prose Contests at WinningWriters.com Will Award Over $24,000

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Five poetry and prose contests now open at WinningWriters.com will award over $24,000 in cash. The contests include the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest, the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee), the War Poetry Contest, the Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse, and the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest. Winning Writers has been named one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers" by Writer's Digest for four years in a row (2005-2008). Guidelines for all contests are available at http://www.winningwriters.com.

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Winning Writers is now accepting entries for five poetry and prose contests on its website. These contests will award over $24,000 in cash prizes. Founded in 2001, Winning Writers is today's leading source for timely literary contest information. It helps writers find the contests that are most suitable for their work, and steers them away from contests that are low-quality or deceptive.

Here are summaries of the contest guidelines:

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest
17th year. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $5,350. Top prize $2,000. Seeks short stories, essays and other works of prose, up to 5,000 words. Winning entries published online. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Fee per entry is $15. Postmark deadline: March 31. Judges: J.H. Reid, D.C. Konrad. Complete guidelines: http://www.winningwriters.com/tomstory

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)
8th annual free contest seeks humor poems. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $3,336.40 will be awarded. Top prize $1,359. Submit one poem by April 1 deadline. No entry fee. Winning entries published online. Judge: Jendi Reiter. Complete guidelines: http://www.winningwriters.com/wergle

War Poetry Contest
8th year. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $5,000 will be awarded. Top prize $2,000. Submit 1-3 unpublished poems on the theme of war. Winning entries published online. Entry fee: $15. Postmark deadline: May 31. Judge: Jendi Reiter. Complete guidelines: http://www.winningwriters.com/war

This press release contains a special audiovisual presentation of the winning poem from last year's War Poetry Contest, "Unerring Mercy and Pure Grace" by Aliene Pylant of Dallas, TX. You may also view it as a Google video (17 minutes).

Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse
6th year. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $5,350 will be awarded. Top prize $2,000. Submit poems in traditional verse forms, such as sonnets and free verse. Winning entries published online. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Entry fee is $7 for every 25 lines. Postmark deadline: June 30. Judges: J.H. Reid, D.C. Konrad. Complete guidelines: http://www.winningwriters.com/margaret

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest
7th year. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $5,350 will be awarded. Top prize $2,000. Submit poems in any style or genre. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Winning entries published online. Entry fee is $7 for every 25 lines. Postmark deadline: September 30. Judges: J.H. Reid, D.C. Konrad. Complete guidelines: http://www.winningwriters.com/tompoetry

About Winning Writers, Inc.

Winning Writers is today's leading source for timely and comprehensive literary contest information. Our online database, Poetry Contest Insider, includes complete guidelines and rankings for over 750 poetry contests, plus over 300 of the top fiction and essay contests. Our free email newsletter, with over 25,000 subscribers, offers news about quality free contests and literary resources.

Winning Writers was named one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers" by Writer's Digest in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. It was founded in 2001 by the husband-and-wife team of Jendi Reiter and Adam Cohen. Learn more at http://www.winningwriters.com.

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Adam Cohen is president of Winning Writers and publisher of Poetry Contest InsiderMr. Cohen is a graduate of Harvard University and a former circulation director of The Atlantic Monthly.Jendi Reiter is the judge of the War Poetry Contest and the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry ContestJendi Reiter is vice president of Winning Writers, editor of Poetry Contest Insider, and judge of the Winning Writers poetry contests. Ms. Reiter has been entering and winning literary contests for over 20 years. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The New Criterion, Mudfish, Alligator Juniper, MARGIE: The American Journal of Poetry, First Things, Hanging Loose, Cider Press Review, Southern Poetry Review, Grasslands Review, Best American Poetry, and many other publications. She has won two awards from the Poetry Society of America, first prize for poetry in Alligator Juniper's National Writing Contest, first prize in the Elizabeth Simpson Smith Award for a Short Story (Charlotte Writers' Club), second prize in the Literal Latte Fiction Awards, Lyric Magazine's College Poet of the Year Prize, the Mildred Werba Poetry Prize, the Olay Fine Lines Poetry Contest, and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for poetry criticism. Turning Point Books published her first book of poetry, A Talent for Sadness, in the fall of 2003, and her chapbook Hound of Heaven is forthcoming from Southern Hum Press. A member of the Advisory Board of The Saint Ann's Review, Ms. Reiter graduated from Harvard University and has a degree from Columbia Law School. See her work at JendiReiter.com.Winning Writers - Best Resources for Poets and WritersWinning Writers was established by the husband-and-wife team of Adam Cohen and Jendi Reiter in 2001. Our expert online poetry contest guide, Poetry Contest Insider, profiles over 750 poetry contests and over 300 top prose contests. We directly sponsor the War Poetry Contest and the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. We also assist the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest, the Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse and the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest. All our contests accept entries and fee payments online. Winners enjoy high visibility. Our website serves over one million page views each year, and our free email newsletter goes out to over 25,000 subscribers.Winning Writers has been selected as one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers" for four years in a row by Writer's Digest (2005-2008)