Saturday, April 22, 2023

CSPS Announces its 36th Annual Poetry Contest, Anna Maria Mickiewicz, Contest Judge - Deadline June 30, 2023

The California State Poetry Society is pleased to announce its 36th Annual Poetry Contest. Submissions are accepted by mail in the period from March 15th to June 30th, 2023.  

PRIZES: $100, $50, $25 Cash for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes. 

The three prize-winning poems will be published in the California Quarterly, Vol. 49, No. 4 (2023 Winter). Poems selected for up to six Honorary Mentions may be published in the CQ or in the Poetry Letter, depending on the Editors’ choices. 

Reading fees: Members, $3.00/poem; Non-members, $6.00/poem. Winners will be announced in September 2023. Submissions are welcome of original, unpublished poems in English, with 80-line (two-page) limit per poem. Submissions are only accepted by mail.  

HOW TO SUBMIT: Send a cover letter with all poet information  (mailing address, email address, name, phone) and a list of the titles of all submitted poems, as well as one copy of each poem with no poet identification, and a check for the appropriate reading fees to:  

Annual Contest Chair  

P.O. Box 4288 Sunland, CA 91041-4288

CONTEST JUDGE: Polish-British bilingual poet ANNA MARIA MICKIEWICZ agreed to serve as this year’s Contest Judge, while Maja Trochimczyk, CSPS President, will continue as Contest Chair. Ms. Mickiewicz is a poet, writer, editor, translator, and publisher. She is the founder of the publishing house Literary Waves that published many volumes of poetry in English and Polish. Born and raised in Poland, Anna moved to California and then to London, where she has lived for many years.  She is a member of the English Pen. Her poetic works have appeared in the United States, UK, Australia, Canada, Poland, Mexico, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, Salvador, India.

She was honoured with the Gloria Artis medal for Merit to Culture by the Polish Ministry of Culture, the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity and The Joseph Conrad Literary Prize (USA). In 2022 as part of the 3rd International Day of Polish Diaspora Education, organised by the Polish Academy of Social Sciences and Humanities in London, she was awarded the title of Polish Artist of the Year. She is a member of the Jury of the K M Anthru International Literature Prize in India and the Chapter of Madal for PoEzja Londyn. 

Mickiewicz received her Master of Arts degree from Maria SkÅ‚odowska-Curie University in Poland. She also obtained a certificate in Media Studies from Birkbeck College, London UK. As a student, she was involved in the democratic and civil rights movement in Poland in the Eighties. She was one of the editors of the civil rights’ independent magazine Wywrotowiec (The Rebel). After moving to England, she worked as a correspondent covering literary and cultural issues for the Polish press and radio. For many years she was a member of the Board of the Union of Polish Writers Abroad. 

She cooperated with many organizations, including with Channel 4 in the UK and the Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw. Together with the British translator of Polish literature, Noel Clarke, she took part in the creation of the exhibition Eagle and Lion, which was presented during the official visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Poland. In 2013 at the University College London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies, she organized the World Premiere of World Poetry Day - European Literary Dialogues. She belongs to several poetry groups in London: Enfield Poets, The Highgate Society's Poetry Group and Exiled Writers Ink. She often presents her works at open poetry meetings. In 2013 and 2018, evenings devoted to her work were organised by the groups Poets Anonymous and Exiled Writers Ink at the prestigious Poetry Cafe belonging to the British Poetry Society. In an online competition announced by Poetry Space for poem week, her poem "A gray coat" took first place. She has appeared on the Poets Anonymous poetry radio many times, presenting her work.

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