Judged by Lauren Bowman and Leah Stone

Lauren Bowman ǀ @l.e.bowman.poetry ǀ intersectional feminist, advocate of self love and inspirational poet is a well-known fixture of the digital poetry landscape. Her moving short works, which epitomize the modern concrete-image form, have cemented her ability to connect to a global audience.

Leah Stone ǀ  @leahjstone ǀ memory recorder, writer and truth speaker is a modern poet who is unafraid to confront the realities of life in her work. A short-form specialist, she has forged a following by writing from a place of truth in works that are revealing and heartfelt.  Her debut anthology will be released in Spring 2018.

Information for Entrants

The competition opens 10 February 2018 and closes on 30 April 2018. Entries are judged blind. First Prize is USD$250 and inclusion in THE ANNUAL ǀ 2018 anthology.  The winner will receive one digital copy and three hard copies of THE ANNUAL ǀ 2018 anthology in addition to the cash prize.

In addition, up to 100 highly commended entries will be included in THE ANNUAL ǀ 2018 anthology and will be published in digital and hardcopy form.

The winning entry and highly commended entries will also be published on herheartpoetry.com and on the Her Heart Poetry Instagram community account.

Poems must be the original work of the entrant, previously unpublished, and not submitted elsewhere.  Poems must be no more than 12 lines in length and entrants should ensure that the entry can fit on a single square Instagram post without the need for the caption.

Entries must be typed, double-spaced, and any style or subject will be considered. Each entry must be on a separate page.  The poet’s name must not appear on the typescript. No images will be accepted.

Entries must be written in English.

Entries must be submitted via the submissions portal.  The submissions portal will open on 10 February 2018.

Her Heart Poetry Terms apply to all entries.

Entry fee: USD$10.00 per entry, or a discounted fee of USD$20.00 for up to four entries.

Please direct all questions to submissions@herheartpoetry.com.

Please note: You must be following @herheartpoetry to be eligible to enter.

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