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BRIGHT WINGS

We’re excited to open submissions to our first annual Bright Wings poetry contest! We’ve named the contest Bright Wings, which comes from a poem titled “God’s Grandeur” by Gerard Manly Hopkins, a Jesuit poet who contributed to the world of faith and art. Read over the details below and send us your poems!

Deadline for Entry: July 31, 2019

Entry Fee: $20.

Grand Prize: Winner will receive a $500 cash prize, a scholarship to the 2020 The Breath & the Clay creative arts gathering, and an opportunity to read his/her poem on a Makers & Mystics podcast episode. The poem will be featured on The Breath & the Clay and Makers & Mystics Instagram profiles, websites and email newsletter.

Second Prize: Winner will receive a scholarship to 2020 The Breath & the Clay creative arts gathering, and his/her poem will be featured on The Breath & the Clay and Makers & Mystics Instagram profiles, websites, and email newsletter.

Third Prize: Winner’s poem will be featured on The Breath & the Clay and Makers & Mystics Instagram profiles, websites, and email newsletter.

The Fine Print:

  • Poets may submit 3 original poems crafted within the past 3 years. Poems may not have been previously published in periodicals, chapbooks, magazines or anthologies.  

  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Only 3 poems per submission are permitted. 

  • Your poem can be on any topic, with any length, using whatever style you prefer.

  • Poets should refrain from entering the contest if their relationship to the panel judges constitutes a conflict of interest. Submissions will not be accepted from team members of The Breath and the Clay, their families, or working relations.

  • TB&TC reserves the right to disqualify any entries deemed to jeopardize the integrity of the contest.

  • Entry fee is non-refundable.

  • Winner(s) will be announced via Instagram on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

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Panel Judges: Amy Orazio, Joel McKerrow, & Stephen Roach

Amy Orazio received her MFA in Creative Writing at Otis College of Art and Design. Her work has appeared in H_NGM_N, Bitterzoet, Gap Tooth, Pidgeonholes, Synasesthesia, Chaparral, and The Curator, as well as a limited-edition letterpress chapbook from Archteype Press (under her maiden name Amy Neilson). Her first collection of poetry, called Quench, debuted Spring of 2018. Amy lives in the uncool part of Portland, Oregon with her husband and two young sons.

Joel McKerrow is one of Australia's most successful performance poets. He is Artist Ambassador for TEAR Australia, and is the founder and Co-director of ‘The Centre for Poetics and Justice’ (www.cpj.org.au), a not-for-profit, community arts organization focused on using poetics as a form of literary education, self-expression and social engagement for marginalized teenagers.

Stephen Roach is host of the Makers and Mystics podcast and founder of The Breath & the Clay creative arts movement, an international community of artists, creatives and spiritual seekers. He is the author of four volumes of poetry, an illustrated children’s book and his recent guide, Five Creativity Killers and How To Avoid Them.