Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The WrEN Award for Poetry

When Dana Cassell, founder of the Writers-Editors Network, decided to sponsor a poetry award and long-time WEN member and poet Mary Sayler agreed to judge the entries during National Poetry Month each April, they began looking for a theme. Almost immediately, a tiny, melodious wren flew by, swooping up the WEN initials, and WrEN soared into being!

Unlike other awards that prize a single poem, The WrEN Award for Poetry aims to honor poets, who consistently produce well-written, compelling poems. Therefore, each entry consists of a batch of 3 to 5 single-spaced pages of unpublished poetry submitted as one of these three categories: Traditional Forms, Free Verse, and Poetry for Children.

Each poet whose work places highest in a category will receive $25 and one-on-one feedback from the poetry judge, who, besides being a well-published poet, has worked with other poets for many years. Then, regardless of the category, the poet whose overall work soars above the rest will receive $200 and a one-year membership in the Writers-Editors Network - a professional organization that’s helped editors and writers in all genres for decades.

Multiple entries are encouraged, but more important, you’re encouraged to be like a wren and express “...a big voice in a small frame.”  So, let’s hear your poetic voice! 

To enter a batch of poems in its appropriate category, visit the WrEN Award for Poetry page on the Writers-Editors Network website. 

For WrEN updates, “Like” and Follow The WrEN Award for Poetry page on Facebook. 


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