speceditor666 (speceditor666) wrote,

Doorways Poetry Contest

I am poetry editor for the new paranormal/horror quarterly Doorways. The first part of my job is to pick a featured poet, which includes 3 poems and an interview.

The featured poet for #1 is Michael A. Arnzen.

The second part of my job at Doorways is running a poetry contest. Each contest is themed around 'doorways' and written in a traditional form. The 'form' for contest #1 was the acrostic.

James S. Dorr submitted the winning poem and there were 3 honorable mentions.

Doorways #0 and Doorways #1 are available at:


The featured poet for Doorways #2 will be SFPA President and Editor of Amaze: The Cinquain Journal, Deborah P. Kolodji. The form for the new contest is the cinquain. Entries must be a five line cinquain in the usual 2-4-6-8-2 syllable format and must somehow incorporate "doorways" (whatever that means to you, be it supernatural, paranormal, and/or horrific in nature). No entry fee is required.

Here is the Encyclopedia Britannica definition of a cinquain:


A five-line stanza. The American poet Adelaide Crapsey(1878–1914), applied the term in particular to a five-line verse form of specific metre that she developed. Analogous to the Japanese verse forms haiku and tanka, it has two syllables in its first and lastlines and four, six, and eight in the intervening three lines and generally has an iambic cadence.

To Submit:

Paste poem in the body of an email, hit return once and put (END), hit return10 times and put your name, byline (if different), mailing address, and email address.

The reason for this formatting is that the contest will be blindly judged and the editor wants enough blank space between the end of the poem and the author's name to keep it blind. For this reason, please DO NOT include an intro letter or bio(if your poem wins, you will be contacted for a bio).

You can send as many entries as you wish, but please send each entry as a separate email.

Mail entries to: DoorwaysPoetry(at)yahoo(dot)com with "DW Contest Cinquain"in subject line.

The winning entrant for contest #2 will receive:

* Publication in Doorways (plus contributor's copy)
* $10 (equals $2 a line this time around)
* Bondage: Tales of Obsession, Ed. Tyree Campbell
* 8 issue of The Fig Leaf Monthly broadside (Sept. 2006-April 2007)
* Four books from Featured Poet, Deborah P. Kolodji:

Dwarf Stars
Dwarf Stars 2006
Red Planet Dust
Symphony of the Universe

DEADLINE: April 8, 2007
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