Science Poetry Competition

Event Horizon Magazine is hosting a science poetry competition with a grand prize of $500.

Official Rules

Theme: Submitted work shall be inspired by and/or incorporate scientific thinking, concepts, or principles.

Eligibility: This contest is open to everyone. However, the following individuals are NOT eligible to participate in this contest: the staff of Event Horizon and their immediate family.

Prize: The winner will receive $500.00. In addition, the winning submission will be published in Event Horizon’s April 2016 issue.

Competition Timeline:

  1. Submission deadline – 11:59PM on 29 February 2016
  2. Winner announcement on Event Horizon website – March 2016

Winner Selection: Submissions will be judged blindly by 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry finalist Alan Shapiro. Submissions will be judged equally on poetic craft and thematic relevance. The winner shall be notified a week before the general announcement.

Submission Requirements: In order to be eligible, a submission must adhere to the following format:

  1. One submission email per entrant, sent to with the subject line “Poetry Competition Submission” and a submission attachment titled “LastName_FirstInitial_PoetryCompetition“.
  2. Submission attachment can include up to three (3) original poems written in the English language, with each poem beginning on a new page. There is no limit for line count.
  3. Submissions shall have a cover page listing poem title(s), entrant name, email address, physical address, and phone number.
  4. Only .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf files will be accepted.
  5. Submissions shall NOT have the name of the entrant anywhere but the cover page.
  6. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we must be notified immediately if part/all of the submission has accepted elsewhere.

By submitting, each entrant agrees that: (i) the submission is original and does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any third party, (ii) the submission has not been published in any other outlet, and (iii) s/he will be bound by these official rules. The entrant retains intellectual property rights to their submission. In the event of any dispute regarding a submission, Event Horizon Magazine and the Judge have sole discretion in final ruling and no communication with/to the entrant is required.


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