Foley Poetry Contest (Deadline March 31, 2017) + Cover Letter

I need to stop finding these contests a day before the deadline!


The Foley Poetry Contest: America Media is sponsoring the annual Foley Poetry Award, given in honor of William T. Foley, M.D.

  • Submit one poem of 30 lines or fewer.
  • Only unpublished poems not under consideration elsewhere will be considered.
  • Poems may address any topic.

**Submissions must be received between midnight ET on January 1 and 11:59 p.m. ET on March 31, 2017.**

There’s a postal mail address, but I’d use their Submittable instead!

The winning poem will be announced in early June and published in the print edition of America. The cash prize is $1,000.

Get all the details and submit here.

The contest requires a cover letter. I had never written a cover letter for poetry submission before, but I suspected (hoped) it would be a simple process. Thanks to Writer’s Digest, it is. For better or for worse, here’s mine, with all due consideration!

Dear Mr. Hoover,

Please consider the attached 21-line poem, “Make and Mend,” as an entry in the Foley Poetry Contest.

I have an English degree and am a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Thank you for your time and consideration.

And here is a great, quick guide from Writer’s Digest (love that site) on How to Prepare Poetry Manuscript Submissions.

Good luck!

Book Spine Poetry: A Little Romance

I really love doing these.


A Little Romance

A little romance to tell your love:

—Four quartets—

Come a stranger over
sea, under stone.

The wave in the mind,
homecoming fog,

Magic: The artist’s way.

Beauties, beasts, and

—An affair to remember.

Book Spine Poetry: Joyworks

Book spine poem from my dad’s collection.




Do you hear that beat?

He’s a rebel in the groove,
making tracks—

—Never sell a copyright.