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Poetry Awards

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Poetry Awards

  • First Prize
  • Second Prize
  • Third Prize

Contest Guidelines

  1. Send unpublished poems, 2,000 words max. All styles welcome.
  2. Postmark by July 15th.
  3. Name, Address, Telephone Number, Email Address (optional) — on Cover Page only.
  4. If by regular “snail mail” post: include Self Addressed Stamped Envelope or email address for reply.
  5. Include $10 Reading Fee per set of up to 6 poems — OR —
    $15 Reading Fee for set of 10 poems.
  6. All entries considered for publication.

All currency above given in US dollars.


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(212) 260-5532

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Literal Latte Poetry Award Winners

Please note that this listing may be incomplete.

Spring 2010 Issue

The Black Stones By Michael Shally-Jensen

First Prize, 2009 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
I did that, and it didn’t go as expected.
For one, I’m not the person in the poem,
though I share certain affinities with her[…]

Posted in Poetry | 3 Responses
Spring 2010 Issue

Note on the Translation By Michael Shally-Jensen

First Prize, 2009 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
We have sought here to wrestle with the polished burl bowl of the author’s mind — its baroque excesses, its stark and stained language — as if taking on Grendel in the dark woods of indeterminacy…

Posted in Poetry | Tagged | 1 Response
Spring 2010 Issue

In case you came in late — By Melanie McCabe

Second Prize, 2009 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
It’s that scene in the thriller where the woman walks alone down
the rain-flashed city street in teetering, come-kill-me stilettos —

Posted in Poetry | 2 Responses
Spring 2009 Issue

3 Fascicles By Suzanne Heyd

First Prize, 2008 Literal Latte Poetry Award.
Curls drench & I can but wonder is she drowning & is there any once
upon a time.
The river’s looking glass glints ruthlessly northward & there’s tensile strength to the locks.
Postpone your departure love, this may be a miracle in the offing.

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