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The Glosa Poem Competition -

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The Glosa Poem Competition

See the Winners List

First Prize: $100

Second Prize: $50

Third Prize: $25

Plus 8 Honourable Mention Awards
All winning entries to receive a fancy certificate
Plus all winning entries to be published in a chapbook
and will receive 1 free chapbook for every poem included.

Rules and Guidelines:

All poems must be written in the glosa style.
The glosa is a Spanish form invented by court poets in the 14th and 15th centuries.
It comprises two parts.
The first part – called the texte or cabeza
consists of a stanza chosen from a poem by a well-known poet. The poet can be dead or living.
The second part – the glosa proper
is a gloss or elaboration of the texte. Each stanza of the glosa ends with a repetition
of a consecutive line of the texte. Both rhyme and free verse glosas accepted.
See example here

All entries are not to exceed 40 lines.
This excludes the spaces between the stanzas and this excludes the texte.

Poems must be inspired by 3 - 5 lines of a famous poet. This is the texte.

The glosa title, texte and author of the texte must appear on the same page as the glosa.

Poems must be original, unpublished and not sent elsewhere. Blind judging.

Do not include your name on the same page as the glosa, back or front.
Include a separate page with author name, complete mailing address, phone number
and e-mail (if possible) and glosa title(s).

Contest fee:
1 poem for $5 or 3 poems for $10

Contest Deadline:
September 30th, 2010, postmark date.

Send entries with payment to:
The Ontario Poetry Society,
31 Marisa Court, Thornhill, Ont. L4J 6H9

All prizes to be awarded in Canadian dollars.
There is no limit to the number of submissions per poet.
Enclose a #10 self-addressed, stamped envelope for Winners List.

Contest Judge is Elana Wolff