Monday, November 03, 2008

The Open Space-Harper Collins Poetry Contest 2008

Via Peter, this announcement. I'm not sure why it's called an 'online' poetry contest when it's got to be sent via post to OS. Or, as the Caferati editors have pointed out on the blog, what gender and occupation have to do with anything I don't know. And what does it means when they say '[c]opyright for the shortlisted and winning poems will be shared by the poets, Open Space and Harper Collins.'

Update [via Caferati again]: Update (3rd November 2008): Open Space's Rakesh Ganguli tells us that there are a few changes in the entry form, which we have updated below. "Gender" and "Occupation" are now optional fields, but the lower age limit remains 18 years.


But hey - for what it's worth, here is:

The Open Space – Harper Collins Poetry Contest 2008

With poetry blogs and literary forums of an assorted variety proliferating online, poetry has finally found a public space. The aim of this Online Poetry Contest is to encourage the reading and writing of poetry as a literary activity and to promote the art of poetry, especially among the young.

1st prize – Rs 20,000
2nd prize – Rs 10,000
3rd prize – Rs 5,000

Keki Daruwala is a poet and a leading figure in Indian poetry in English. A recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award and Commonwealth Poetry Award, Keki N. Daruwalla has so far published about 12 books, consisting of mostly poems and a couple of fictional works. Some of his important works are Under Orion, The keeper of the dead, Landscapes, A summer of tigers and The minister for permanent unrest & other stories. He also edited Two decades of Indian poetry.
V.K.Karthika is the Chief Editor, HarperCollins Publishers India Ltd.
Priya Sarukkai Chabria is a poet and novelist, and Editor of the website Talking Poetry. Her second collection of poems Not Springtime Yet (HarperCollins) was recently released. She is at
C.P.Surendran is a poet, journalist and columnist. He has written four volumes of poetry: Gemini II, Posthumous Poems, Canaries on the Moon and Portraits of the Space We Occupy. His debut novel is titled An Iron Harvest.

The decision of the judges will be final.

Copyright for the shortlisted and winning poems will be shared by the poets, Open Space and Harper Collins. The top ten poems will be published online on Talking Poetry and the HCP site. All winners will be notified by email. The contest ends November 30th 2008 and all winners will be announced in January 2009.

How to enter:

1. Write a poem on the theme of ‘borders’ (interpret the subject broadly, as borders between people, countries and cultures). The poem may be up to 50 lines long, written in any style.
2. The competition is open to anyone above the age of 18 residing in India and writing in English.
3. The poem must be original and unpublished in any print or online forum.
4. A contribution of Rs.100 (one hundred only) is to be paid to participate in the contest. This contribution is payable by bank demand draft only.
5. Only one entry per individual will be accepted.
6. Each poem must be printed on one side of an A4 sheet.
7. Each page must be numbered and must include the title of the poem.
8. Please send two copies of your poem.
9. The competition will be judged ‘blind’. Please make sure your name appears only on the entry form printed below.

Send your poem, entry form and contribution to:
Open Space Poetry Contest
Centre for Communication and Development Studies
301, Kanchanjunga bldg.
Kanchan Lane,
Near Krishna Dining Hall,
Off Law College Road
Pune - 411004

Bank Demand Drafts to be drawn in favour of: Centre for Communication and Development Studies


* No copies of poems will be returned and no correspondence with judges can be entered into.
* Entries without the entry form and contribution will not be eligible for the contest.
* Email any queries about the contest to: However, NO entries will be entertained online. They must be sent in hard copy.
* Prizes are nontransferable.
* Poems submitted must not have been published previously in books or magazines and must be original to the person submitting them.
* The closing date to enter the contest is November 30, 2008.
* Winners will be announced in January 2009.


(On the theme of ‘Borders’)

Age Group: 18-25 ( ) 25-35 ( ) 35 & above ( )
Gender (optional):
Occupation (optional):
Postal Address:
Mobile no.:
Landline no.:
Bank D.D No.:
Drawn from Bank/City:

Title of your poem:

The Poem:


km said...

the theme of ‘borders’ (interpret the subject broadly..)

Finally, a chance to publish my 25000-verse panegyric for Allan Border!

//ugh - gender and occupation? Why not throw in caste, skin color and sexual orientation and just call it profiling?

Rahul Siddharthan said...

km - it's up to 50 lines long. But they don't specify the length of the line.

Also, it seems gender and occupation are now optional, but the age requirement is still there. Must be some legal thing.

tethered thoughts said...

when do we get to know...january is one whole long mnth!!

'me'dusa said...

Have they announced the winners at all??

Space Bar said...

tt, medusa: sorry. i have no idea. you should check the open space site.