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A poetry contest for poets in Silicon Valley


This is over, but check out the websites anyway.

Arts Council Silicon Valley
Poetry Contest

Nils Peterson, the current Santa Clara County Poet Laureate, is putting out a call for submission of poems about the Santa Clara County. The Poet Laureate, as well as other qualified readers, will select the most interesting thirty to be presented at a public reading in April 2010.

See Rules for Submission on his website at the Submissions tab.

For those of you who are beginning poets, see the tabs Tips and Poems on this website, for suggestions for writing poems, and for sample poems.

DEADLINE : PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DEADLINE: Poems will now be accepted until March 15, 2010. Early submission is appreciated.


  • Poetry submission is open to those who live, work, or study in Santa Clara County.
  • Poems should be no more than 30 lines.
  • Poems may be in a formal pattern or in free verse.
  • Poems should be typed, single-spaced.
  • Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, each page displaying only the title and the poem.
  • Attach a separate cover sheet to the submissions indicating your name, address, and email address (if available).
  • Mail two copies of the submissions to:
    Arts Council Silicon Valley
    4 North Second Street, Suite 500
    San Jose, CA 95113-1305
  • No submissions will be accepted via email.
  • Santa Clara County will retain first publication rights. Poems may not have been previously published.
  • There will be three awards of $50 and six awards of $25.
  • Winners will be invited to participate in an award ceremony in April. Date to be announced.
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