Welcome to the second annual Into the Void Poetry Competition. This contest aims to place some great poets established or emerging into the spotlight, as well as award them with a cash prize and publication on our website. Submissions are open from November 1st to December 31st.
Poems must be unpublished. There is no theme for the competition and there are no restrictions on style or genre.
M. Wright is the judge of this year’s contest. M. is the author of two chapbooks: a boy named jane (Bottlecap Press, 2017) and Dear Dementia (Ghost City Press, 2017) which was featured in the Poets House 2017 showcase. He is the 2016 winner of The Atlantis Award in Poetry, and a winner of the Into the Void Poetry Competition 2016. His poems have appeared recently in Glass Poetry Press, U City Review, Wildness, Squawk Back, Peach Mag, Saint Paul Almanac, and Temenos Journal. When he is not writing or reading, M. enjoys kayaking with his lovely fiancée in Northern Minnesota. M. prefers poems that are anomalous yet familiar, that balance both an unapologetic and humble voice.
It isn’t rare for me to use words as fodder for generating imagery—but I’d never read words which hit me quite like those in a boy named jane. The simplicity of language is deceptive, as the more time you spend with each phrase, the deeper you can tread down a rabbit hole of existential musings (in the disguise of poetry about cows). Wright’s novel use of language inspired experimental uses of paint which attempt to interpret the heart of each poem as I perceived it. To spend time churning these words into paintings was a growth experiment in my own artistic process and a reflection of the exceptional thematic content of a boy named jane. – Leah Fargo, artist
Buy a boy named jane here.
- 1st Place: $200 CAD + published on website
- 2nd Place: $100 CAD + published on website
- 3rd Place: $50 CAD + published on website
- 3 Runners-up: A copy of a boy named jane + published on website
Authors retain all rights.
It costs $5 CAD per single poem submission of a maximum 60 lines. Any poems longer than 60 lines will be rejected without refund. Submit one poem per submission, however, you can submit as many times as you like. This means that if you want to submit two poems, you have to submit twice. The deadline is midnight EST on December 31st. All contestants will be notified of the winners by January 21st.
The money received from entry fees will be used as prize money, and will go towards Submittable, website, and software costs. Whatever is left over will be used only to help fund Into the Void Magazine throughout 2018. The editors will not receive any of the money.