Poetry Contest

Streetlight’s 2016 Poetry Contest. A few details:

Please do not submit previously published work. Simultaneous submission of your work to other literary journals is fine, but please notify us immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere. Submissions cost $10.


As with our regular poetry submissions, we seek poems which resonate with the power and beauty of the English language; poems which show what is extraordinary about the common and what is common about the extraordinary. Send us 3-5 unpublished poems per entry. We prefer that single poems be no longer than one page in length.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st ($125), 2nd ($75), and 3rd ($50) place poems as chosen by the Streetlight’s poetry editor, Sharron Singleton. All winning poems will be published in the winter issue of the Streetlight magazine website on February 6, 2017.

Deadline for entries is January 20, 2017 (midnight EST).

About our contest judge, Sharron Singleton:
Sharron Portrait IMG_6024Before she turned to poetry, Sharron was a social worker serving low-income families and the mentally ill and worked as a community organizer around issues of civil rights and the anti-nuclear war movement.

Her poems have appeared in Agni, Rattle, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, among others. In 2009 she won the James River Writers Contest and was named the Poet of 2010 by the journal Passager. She also won 1st place prizes in 2010 and 2012 in the Poetry Society of Virginia annual contest, 1st place in the MacGuffin Poet Hunt contest in 2012 and 1st place in the Sixfold Contest in 2013. In 2015 she won the Thomas Merton Award for Poetry of the Sacred. Her chapbook, A Thin Thread of Water was published in 2010 by Finishing Line Press.

Additional notes about contest entries:

  • Winners will be notified by email as soon as they are chosen. Winning poems will appear on the website’s home page on February 6, 2017. Non-winning entries will not receive a notification but may be contacted shortly after the contest deadline about future publication at Streetlight. If you have a question about your non-winning entry, please use Submittable to manage your entry and send us your question.
  • You may enter our contest multiple times. If you wish to send more than 5 poems for consideration, please submit a second contest entry and pay an additional contest fee.
  • Streetlight retains the first North American print and electronic publication rights of the poems we select from the contest for publication. After your winning poem appears on our website, all rights return to you. If you publish your poem again at a later date, we request that you include a notice of the first printing appearing at Streetlight.

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