The Shann Palmer Poetry Contest is a partnership between James River Writers and Richmond magazine to encourage Virginia poets to share their best work. Submissions will be accepted from January 1, 2018 through February 28, 2018. All 2018 submissions are electronic.

The contest is named after Shann Palmer, a long-time JRW volunteer and board member, beloved poet, and a wild- and wise-hearted creative who shared her spirit and talents freely, inspiring and encouraging others in the literary community. She passed away in December 2013, and the contest (formerly “Best Poetry Contest”) was renamed in her honor the following year.

First prize: $500, publication of winning poem(s) in Richmond magazine, and a ticket to the annual James River Writers conference.

Tarfia Faizullah portraitThe 2018 judge was Tarfia Faizullah.

For more information, visit The Shann Palmer Poetry Contest

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