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11th Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest

Deadline to Enter: March 31, 2020

First Prize: $200
Second Prize: $150
Third Prize: $100

Complete guidelines:

Spirit First is pleased to announce its 11th Annual Meditation Poetry Contest. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of Meditation or Mindfulness. Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished. Poems not on the themes of meditation, mindfulness, stillness, or sacred silence will not be included in this meditation poetry event.

Enter up to three submissions. Poems beyond three submissions will not be considered.

Please submit your poems by email unless you do not have access to the Internet. Poems will be accepted by U.S. Postal Service for those who do not have Internet access. All others are requested to be emailed. Poems sent by U.S. Postal Service will not be returned. Poems must be received by March 31, 2020.

Please submit your poems all in one file or inside the body of an email (rather than three poems in three separate files). Please do not send your poem(s) in a PDF (formatting and spacing are lost if your poem is sent in a PDF). Be sure to include the author's name, address, telephone number, and email address. There is no cost to enter this contest There is no cost to enter this contest. Submissions must be received no later than March 31, 2020. Please note: We are sorry to say we are unable to provide personal evaluations/reviews of individual poems.

Winners will be announced on or around July 1, 2020. Winning poems will be published on the Spirit First website at, the Spirit First Facebook page at, the Spirit First blog at and in a Spirit First newsletter (authors retain full rights to their poems).

How to submit:

By email:

By U.S. Postal Service (for those without Internet access), send to the following address:

Spirit First Poetry Contest
PO Box 8076
Langley Park, MD 20787

To all our participating poets, thank you for your beautiful words. We look forward to reading your poems!


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