FRIDAY NOTES & NEWS: Poetry Week 2023 Submission Call — Cash Prizes for winners

As long-time contributors know, CL has struggled for years to get on a sound enough financial footing so that we can pay our writers. It remains a struggle. However, we are taking a step forward today by announcing that this year our annual poetry week (April 24-28) contest will award cash prizes to the writers of the five winning entries.

The first-place winner, whose work will lead off the week on Monday, April 24, will be awarded CA$100. The second-place winner will receive CA$50, while the three runner ups will receive CA$25 each. Winnings will be paid via PayPal.

The submission deadline is end-of-day (EDT) Monday, April 17. You can enter more than once, but only one poem (or series of thematically linked poems) is allowed per entry. The maximum word count per entry is 700. A small fee of CA$3 per entry will be charged to cover admin work, and hopefully build up a sustainable pot of prize money for future contests — including Flash Fiction Week, Halloween Scary Story Week, and Valentines Love Story/Poetry Week.

Submit via the Poetry Week 2023 portal on Submittable.

Easter Schedule
CommuterLit will be taking Easter Monday (April 10) — though the CommuterLit Writing Circle zoom meeting scheduled for Monday, April 10 will go on as usual. The first post and the weekly newsletter will appear on Tuesday, April 11.

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