The Maine Postmark Poetry Contest, a statewide competition in conjunction with the seventh Annual Belfast Poetry Festival on Oct. 14 and 15, has announced this year’s nationally known judge.

Emily Wilson grew up in Maine and, after graduate work at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop and Center for the Book, moved to Portland where she opened Spurwink Press, a letterpress publisher of poetry. Wilson is the author of “Micrographia” (Iowa, 2010) and “The Keep” (Iowa, 2001); and holds degrees from Harvard and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She spent many years in Brooklyn but currently is living with her family in Iowa City. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and has taught at Colby College, Grinnell College and the University of Montana.

Wilson will choose first, second and third place winners for the contest, which is open not only to Maine residents, but also to everyone with access to a Maine post office or mailbox this summer. Citizens, residents and visitors are all welcome; the only rule is that all entries must bear a Maine postmark. Winners will be invited to read the winning poem and be honored at the Belfast Poetry Festival; winners also will also be announced in the Maine press and receive a special volume of Maine poetry.

To enter, submit entries of up to two pages of poetry (one poem per page, so either two short poems or one longer poem). Each entry must be accompanied by a $5 reading fee; which will be used to support the festival.  Entrants may submit more than one entry, but each additional entry is an additional $5.

Only submissions received with a Maine postmark dated Sept. 1 or earlier will be accepted and read. Poems should be sent without the poet’s name on the poem and accompanied by a cover letter listing the poet’s name, contact information (address, email and phone) and the title of the poem(s) submitted so that poems can be read anonymously. Cover letters need not include biographical information. Poems sent without a cover letter will be disqualified. All poems must be original and previously unpublished. Poems will not be returned, so do not send originals or a stamped self-addressed envelope.

Entries, accompanied by cover letter and a check made out to the City of Belfast, should be sent to Jacob Fricke, Belfast Poet Laureate, Attn: Maine Postmark Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 911, Belfast, ME 04915. For more information, contact Arielle Greenberg at For more information about the festival, visit