The Proverse Poetry Prize
Rules, Terms & Conditions of Entry
This annual international prize, established in 2016, is open to all who are at
least eighteen years old, whatever their residence, nationality or citizenship.You are invited
to enter in English ONE OR MORE poems written by yourself, previously
unpublished in English, in which you own the copyright.
You may enter a
poem / poems you originally wrote in English and/or a poem/ poems you
originally wrote in another language.
You may enter a
poem / poems written by you previously published in a language other than English, in which you retain
person has translated your poem(s) for you, you must acknowledge this and
confirm that you own the copyright in the translation.
Poems may be (a)
on ANY subject or theme CHOSEN BY YOURSELF, OR (b) on the subject or theme,
"Happiness", interpreted in any way you choose.
You may use
any form, style or genre.
Poems should be
no more than 30 lines each, not counting the title or blank lines. However, if the judges so decide, any submitted
poem of more than 30 lines may be considered an eligible entry on the same
footing as submitted poems of 30 lines or fewer. Please do not include photographs or other illustrations.
are offered as follows: 1st prize; USD100.00; 2nd prize: USD45.00; 3rd prizes
(up to four winners): USD20.00.
If, in the sole decision of the judges, there are no poems
of a high enough quality for any or each of the prizes to be awarded, the prize
or prizes will not be awarded. Entry fees will not be returned but put towards
the continued running of the competition.
You are advised to be careful when submitting your poem(s)
as no editing is permitted prior to judging.
The decision of
the judges is final and no correspondence can be entered into about the
high-quality poems are submitted, a PROVERSE POETRY PRIZE ANTHOLOGY will be published by Proverse Hong Kong in a paperback
available for online purchase and/or as an ebook, no later than one year after
the closing date for entries. All those whose poems appear in any such
anthology will be entitled to purchase copies of the anthology in which their
poem(s) appear AT A DISCOUNT. Your name will be published with your poem(s)
unless you explicitly state at the time of entering your poem(s) that you do
not wish your name to appear. Depending on the editorial policy from year to
year, you may be asked to submit a brief bio and a headshot of yourself to be
included in the anthology.
containing first, second and third prize winning entries as well as selected
other entries to last year's (2016) competition will be published on 27 April 2017 and
may be purchased online from: https://www.createspace.com/6632680.
If not enough
high-quality poems are submitted for an anthology, winning poems will be
published online (e.g. in the Proverse e-Newsletter; the Proverse website, the
Proverse facebook page,etc.) no later than one year after the closing date for
second and third prizes (if any) will be awarded at the same time as they are
published or soon afterwards, whether in an anthology or online.
An entry fee needs to be paid for each poem. An entry fee
once paid may not be repaid and you may not withdraw a poem from the
competition once you have entered it.
Entry Fee: £8.00
for each poem. (Other currencies available: USD12.00, CAD16.00, EUR12.00,
NZD18.00, AUD16.00.) If you wish to pay by HKD (HKD88.00), special arrangements
apply. Please see the website, proversepublishing.com.
FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PRIZE WINNERS (if any) will receive
an invitation to attend an event in Hong Kong
at which the results will be announced and winners will themselves be
responsible for all arrangements and costs of attendance, including but not
limited to visas, transport, accommodation and meals. If winners are not able
to attend, they may be invited to send a brief message which the organisers
will consider for reading out or displaying at the event.
You will retain copyright in your poem(s) but, by entering
for The Proverse Poetry Prize, you give Proverse Hong Kong the unrestricted
royalty-free irrevocable non-exclusive right to publish your poem(s) online including
but not limited to the website proversepublishing.com and/or the Proverse
facebook page www.facebook.com/ProversePress and/or in a Proverse Poetry Prize
Anthology as described above. Proverse Hong Kong
will own the copyright in any such Proverse Poetry Prize Anthology and its
reproduction and licensing rights. You also agree not to publish or permit to
be published your entered poem(s) in any way until Proverse Hong Kong has
published your poem(s) online as described above and/or in a Proverse Poetry
No poet may win more than one prize in any year but it is
permissible for more than one poem by a single poet to be included in the
Proverse Poetry Prize anthology.
THE ANTHOLOGY: If the Proverse Hong Kong editors have any query about the text
of any poem to be published, Proverse Hong Kong will contact the author and the
author will respond to the best of their ability within ten days. If no response
is received, Proverse Hong Kong may use their best judgement to make any
slight amendment to the text that they deem necessary.
Proverse Hong Kong will be responsible for all aspects of preparation of print-ready
files and their delivery for printing to include but not being limited to
publishing project management and scheduling, copy-editing, layout design and
the setting, cover design, proof-reading and delivery of files in appropriate
format for printing.
PRIZE-MONEY will be sent by PayPal OR by USD cheque and
Proverse Hong Kong disclaims responsibility for any PayPal or bank charges or
fees or for the rate or cost of currency conversion.
The following exceptions apply. In the case of entries
from Hong Kong, a HKD cheque will be sent and
the amount in HKD will be at the rate of USD1=HKD7.6. In the case of
entries from the United
Kingdom, a GBP cheque will be sent and the
amount in GBP will be at the rate of USD1 = GBP1.25. If the prize-money
is sent by cheque, this will be by registered mail. Proverse Hong
Kong expressly disclaims responsibility for the non-receipt
of any such cheque and will not replace any cheque that has not
Prize money may also be paid by internet bank transfer. Proverse
Hong Kong will pay all originating
charges and the recipient will pay any and all receiving charges. The rate of
exchange will be that applicable at the time the conversion is made.
Proverse Hong Kong
disclaims responsibility for any misrepresentation on the part of each and
SPECIAL CASE (TWO AUTHORS): If you wish to enter a poem
which you wrote with another person, each of you should enter the poem,
complete the entry form and send in the entry fee. If the poem is awarded a
prize, the prize will be shared equally between the two of you. If the poem is
chosen to appear in the anthology, both names will appear as authors.
It is regretted that no correspondence can be entered into
in relation to individual entries.
By entering for The Proverse Poetry Prize you agree to and
are bound by the Rules, Terms and Conditions of Entry set out above.~~~