2011 Vella Poetry Prize

July 2, 2011

Paper Nautilus is having a poetry contest!

The Vella Poetry Prize is an annual contest to honor one poem of outstanding craft and quality. The prize commemorates the lives of Nancy and Charles Vella, whose generosity has made the publication of Paper Nautilus possible.

*Please read these guidelines carefully – entries that do not follow the below instructions will not be considered!*

Between July 1st and August 15th: for a $5 entry fee, you may submit one previously unpublished poem, up to 40 lines long, on any subject and in any style. Just like general submissions, you can upload your entries through our submissions manager, and they’ll collect your fee securely through Paypal. Simultaneous submissions are OK if noted; multiple submissions are OK if accompanied by an additional entry fee. Prize is $100.

Contest to be judged by Leah Nielson, who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama. Her first book, No Magic, was published by Word Press in 2005. She was a finalist in Crab Orchard Review’s 2009 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize. Her poems have most recently appeared in Red Mountain Review, Fourteen Hills, and Rattle. She currently teaches at Westfield State University, in Massachussetts.

FINE PRINT: As with many contests at other magazines, we reserve the right to not select a winner should we deem that there were too few entries to select from, or if the quality of the submissions was not to our standards. However, based on what we’ve seen so far from our general submissions, we have a hunch that won’t be a problem!

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