Foley Poetry Contest 2021

Name: Foley Poetry Contest 2021
Category: Poetry
Word count: one poem of 45 lines or fewer
Entry fee: Free
Prize: $1000 and publication in the print edition of America
Closing date: April 1, 2021

America Media is the sponsor of the annual Foley Poetry Award, given in honor of William T. Foley, M.D. Since 1988 the contest has been awarding a cash prize and a publication in the print edition of America to the winner of each year contest. Submission for the 2021 edition of the poetry contest is ongoing. If you have a poem you believe can win you a thousand bucks, submit it before the contest closes.

“I imagine we will keep getting a bundle of poems sent in every year. And thank God. Sometimes poems tell the truth about the world better than anything else can,” Hoover wrote in 2018.

Submission guidelines:

  1. Each entrant is asked to submit one poem of 45 lines or fewer for consideration.
  2. The submitted poem should be written in English.
  3. Only unpublished poems not under consideration elsewhere will be considered.
  4. Poems may address any topic.
  5. Submissions must be received before 11:59 p.m. ET on April 1, 2020.
  6. Please submit no more than one poem.

Entries may be submitted by Submittable or by postal mail to:

Foley Poetry Contest
America Media
1212 Avenue of the America, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10036

The winning poem will be announced in early June and published in the print edition of America. The cash prize of $1,000 will also be awarded to the winner.

Each year approximately 1,000 poems are submitted. The poetry editor and judge for this contest is Joseph Hoover, S.J. The winning poet will be required to sign a letter of agreement with America Media, publisher of America. Under this agreement, the poet will have the right to sell or republish his/her poem after it is published. It also gives to America Media the right to republish or allow others to republish the poem in any form.
Questions can be directed to America’s Poetry Editor, Br. Joe Hoover, S.J. at [email protected].

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