Poetry Contest: Poems for the Solstice 2023

To celebrate Winter Solstice in 2023, Farmer-ish journal is excited to announce a special poetry contest with a cash prize and publication for the top 50 poems.

Tentatively entitled Poems for Winter Solstice, Farmer-ish is accepting contest submissions for a poetry collection focusing on poems for the Winter Solstice. We are looking for poems about farming, nature, environmentalism, cozy, rest, light, tradition, and more.

Poems may be of any genre, but poems that fit on one page are preferred, though longer poems will certainly be considered. Mainly, we will be looking for poetry that speaks to Farmer-ish readers, so be sure to review the Farmer-ish site to get a sense of themes.

Cost: $10 for up to three poems (3 pages max.); you may submit more than once

Prizes: $250 for first place poem; publication for top 50 poems

Deadline: March 14, 2023

Winners Announced: May 2023

Anticipated Publication: November 1, 2023

Update: Finalists for the grand prize have been notified! Congratulations to our finalists!

Additional poems for publication will be selected in May and June, and poets will be contacted.

Judging: All submissions will be reviewed by the Farmer-ish editorial team using a blind submission process. The top 50 poems for publication will be selected first. Among those, the top poems will be sent to our guest judge, Karen Head.

Karen Head is the author of five books of poetry, including Lost on Purpose, My Paris Year, and Sassing. She is the Poet Laureate of Fulton County (Georgia), the Poet Laureate of Waffle House, the editor of Atlanta Review, and a professor at Missouri S&T. She owns three pressure cookers, and has strong feelings about exotic chickens, Vidalia onions, foraged morels, elderflower, and the perfect summer peach.

photo credit: Michail Prohorov, Unsplash