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Poems are being accepted for the 2012 Foley Poetry Award. Each entrant is asked to submit only one typed, unpublished poem of 30 lines or fewer that is not under consideration elsewhere.

Include contact information on the same page as the poem. Poems will not be returned. Please do not submit poems by e-mail or fax. Submissions must be postmarked between Jan. 1 and March 31.

Poems received outside the designated period will be treated as regular poetry submissions, and are not eligible for the prize. The winning poem will be published in the June 4-11 issue of America. Three runner-up poems will be published in subsequent issues.

Cash prize: $1,000.

Send poems to: Foley Poetry Contest / America, 106 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019.

Comments

Linda Goddard | 3/20/2012 - 11:18am
In March 2011 I submitted a poem for publication at the same time that I submitted a poem for the contest.  

Should I assume that since a year has passed without word from the poetry editor that  my poem for publication, "Women of Jerusalem Weep for Us: . . ."  wasn't selected?  I tried to contact the poetry editor via the New York phone number for literary work, as well as online to ask if he'd let me know if he received this poem, but haven't been able to correspond with him.

Is he willing to contact me?  To have  a brief conversation about why my poetry hasn't been selected for publication would mean a lot to me. It's difficult to envision that my poetry is out there buried under piles of work, as so often happens, even to publishable literary work.

Sincere thoughts,
Linda M. Goddard
941 Wedgewood Drive
Winter Springs, Florida 32708 
Roseann Fitzgerald | 3/11/2011 - 8:01pm
Thanks for posting this.  I would love to know why it's called the Foley Award in Poetry. 
Steve Muras | 2/25/2011 - 12:19am
Discovered this site and Magazine newsletter through Poets And Writers Magazine.
I'm anxoius for the 1st Newsletter.  Question:
Do you ever wish you could go back and change things that happened - or didn't happen?

BROKEN FENCES

Often we leave behind broken fences
Never intentionally
Nor carelessly.

Broken fences in life simply happen along the way.
Like crispy dried up leaves falling with cold winter wind approaching.

Each individual broken fence is of a different pattern,
Like snowflakes frozen upon frosty windows.

If only we could return to the time it would have been possible
To mend the fence, or step around... that time never comes,
We only march ahead,
Soldiers in war, fighting the battle of life.

Steve Muras. web site: writersgiftstop.com

Anthony Yusko | 2/11/2011 - 7:04pm
Only Time Will Tell

Dreaming...
Then wake up to reality
Back to the same job, same salary,
With no one really there to carry me,
Through
It
All
Though you still call,
And we met last week,
You say he's not me,
Since patchwork ultimately seeps
Truthfully
For you are still my last encounter,
After long my heart has lost a beat
Now
I turned down a new street,
Sticking to my vows.
How i will never forget you,
As my emotions continue to boil
We may belong together
But future changes with time,
And our past shall never spoil
So if you do consider yourself mine
You'll be better off at the finish
Line ->*<- Load.
As you continue to Electrocute me
Ur love will always be kept, never to diminish
Running till the end, for all 
Eternity.
Never regret this, for we shall meet again.
union21 | 5/24/2010 - 10:27am
Is it possible to update this page? I sent a poem via snail mail 3/23/10 w/ SASE. I'm curious what your next step is in letting all the submitters know if a poem was chosen yet or not. Or do we have to wait for the publication to find out? Thanks for updating.
VT | 3/20/2009 - 9:50am
Submissions must be postmarked between Jan. 1 and March 31. is this contest still opened?
leander | 3/7/2009 - 11:19am
I have no complaints with a free contest. More contests should be free, or should not be at all.
lLetha Chamberlain | 1/14/2009 - 11:30am
I do have difficulty wanting to enter a Jesuit contest that was won by a Jesuit last year...
T.R Haney | 1/10/2009 - 3:30pm
Why can't we email a poem?
Jim CONNIFF FAMILY | 6/29/2008 - 11:55am
This hindside-to comment, half a year later, has to do with wondering if former Poetry Editor Hank Lavin, despite his having had a lifelong thing for Marlene Dietrich, would have countenanced the incumbent's preference for denying some 3,500 years of Western Civ's prosody at its best. I too enjoyed that Fordham/Oxford SJ's rehashing in a British Railways' context of the Scriptural take on ingratitude to glom himself the 2008 Foley's Big One. But First Prize? In a "Poetry" competition? Oy gewalt, dear not so hidden successor to at least Hank Lavin. Hopkins surely could not have foreseen what would ooze up from the depths he bestirred. Oremus pro invicem. Jim Conniff
Dwight Francis David | 5/28/2008 - 9:49am
Why have the finalist to the Poetry Contest not been contacted?
Dai White | 3/21/2008 - 3:03pm
A thought. How about an award or contest for overseas, or, say non-American poets?