Deadline to enter the Maine Postmark Poetry Contest, a statewide competition held in conjunction with the 13th annual Belfast Poetry Festival (Oct. 14), is Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Maine residents, and everyone with access to a Maine post office or mailbox this summer, are invited to enter; all entries must bear a Maine postmark dated Aug. 1 or earlier.

To enter, submit one poem of up to two total pages in length. Each entry must be accompanied by a $5 reading fee (proceeds support the festival). The Belfast Poetry Festival committee will screen entries and forward 10 finalists to an outside judge, poet Katharine Rauk of Minneapolis, who will choose first, second and third place winners.

The first-place winner will receive a $100 cash prize and publication in The Maine Review. Winners will be invited to read the winning poem and be honored at the festival; and the 10 finalist poems and winners will be announced in the Maine press.

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Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or