Poetry Contest

The Palm Springs Writer’s Guild Poetry Contest is now open to all members. The contest judge is Dorothea Bisbas, Poet Laureate of Rancho Mirage.

There is no entry fee.  Cash prizes for 1st and 2nd places, 3rd place will receive a year’s subscription to Poets and Writers Magazine.  Winners and Honorable Mentions will be posted on the Guild’s webpage. 1st and 2nd place winners will read their poems at the Guild’s April General Meeting.

Poetry Contest Rules

  • Contest entries limited to one page.
  • Thirty lines of poetry including white spaces.
  • No more than 3 poems per member.
  • Poetry may be on any subject, any style, any poetic format.
  • Required font is 12 point Times New Roman.
  • All entries must be in Microsoft Word format.
  • Poet's name should not appear in the Microsoft Word document.
  • All entries must be attached to an email with poet’s name in the subject line of email, and poem’s title included in the body of the email.
Example of Subject line of email:
Subject: PSWG Poetry Contest. YOUR NAME HERE
Example of body of email content:
Attached please find my entry to the PSWG Poetry Contest titled, “Title Here.”
Signed, Your Name
  • No entries accepted after March 1, 2017.
  • Submit your poem to pswgcontest@gmail.com - and you can also e-mail us there if you have any questions.

About our contest judge

Dorothea Bisbas is a multi-published poet who has been mentored by some of the nation's outstanding poets: Jane Hirshfield, David St. John, Garett Hongo, Marvin Bell and many more. She has published 2 highly received books, WREATH OF DESIRE and VINEGAR FLATS, along with 14 anthologies containing her works and those of her students.

In 2011, the city of Rancho Mirage honored her as Poet Laureate, a title the Rancho Mirage Public Library continues to bestow without limit.

Dorothea has conducted poetry classes on a weekly basis at the Library for over 20 years. Anyone who has studied with her during the past 6 months is disqualified from entering.

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