PATERSON, NJ - The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College is now accepting submissions for its four annual contests. The awards are as follows:

• The Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, honoring Allen Ginsberg’s contribution to American Literature. First prize will receive $1,000; second, $200; and third, $100. The entry fee of $18 covers the cost of a subscription to The Paterson Literary Review, in which the winning poems will be published. Postmark deadline is April 1.

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• The Paterson Poetry Prize, with a $1,000 award for a book of poems, 48 pages or more in length, with a minimum print run of 500, for a book published in 2012. Postmark deadline is Feb. 1.

• The Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, with a $500 award for a book published in 2012, in each age category (Pre-K - Grade 3, Grades 4 – 6, Grades 7 – 12). Postmark deadline is March 15.

• The Paterson Fiction Prize, a $1,000 award for a novel or collection of short fiction published in 2012. Postmark deadline is April 1.

For more info, visit or send a selfaddressed, stamped envelope to Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Executive Director, Poetry Center, Passaic County Community College, One College Blvd., Paterson, 07505-

1179. Be sure to mark your envelope with the contest name. The Poetry Center’s next event is Feb. 2 when the 2012 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award winner will read.