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Call for Poetry: Duluth Dylan Festival Poetry Contest
The Duluth Dylan Festival planning committee announces a poetry contest to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday (May 24, 2021). All entries must use one of two titles: “Miles from Home” or “Changing Course.” Two grand prize winners will be selected, one for each title, and the two best runner-up poems for each title will also be chosen. The point of the contest is to celebrate Dylan’s life, music, writing, artistry – in short, some aspect of Bob Dylan’s 80 years – using one of these two overarching phrases as the title of your poem.
Two grand prize winners will each receive $200 and be the featured poems at a poetry reading during the week of the Duluth Dylan Fest. The two runner-up poems for each of the two titles will receive $50 and will also be read at the poetry event as well. Two or three additional contestants may be invited to read their poems at the reading and will receive gift certificates.
Poems must be in doc or docx format.
Poems must be in regular 12-pt Times New Roman font.
Poems must be double-spaced and fit on one 8.5 x 11 page.
Personal identification must not appear anywhere in the manuscript.
Poems must be submitted between March 1, 2021 and May 1, 2021.
A $15 reading fee must accompany each poem. Multiple poems may be entered, but each poem must be submitted separately and accompanied by the $15 entry fee.
Poems and entry fee must be postmarked and mailed not later than May 1, 2021 to:
Dylan Poetry Contest
1609 E. Sixth St.
Duluth MN 55812
Make checks payable to: Duluth Dylan Fest
Poems may also be submitted at fitztrick @ gmail.com and the $15 fee paid with PayPal @ duluthdylanfest or paypal.me/duluthdylanfest.
Members of the Duluth Dylan Fest Committee are ineligible. Winners will be notified and posted on the DDF Facebook page by May 15, 2021. Judging will be done by Duluth poet Don Dass. Dass is a published poet, one of the founding members of the Duluth Dylan Fest committee, and a prime mover in persuading the city of Duluth to designate a section of Highway 61 as Bob Dylan Way.