FANWOOD, NJ – The Carriage House Poetry Series and the Fanwood Shade Tree Commission are sponsoring the 2018 Carriage House Poetry Prize with a first prize of $300 plus publication of the winning poem in the autumn edition of Tiferet Journal.

Poets are invited to enter one or two poems – 40 lines or less each. There is a $5.00 entry fee for each contestant. Poems must be previously unpublished and must contain reference to a tree or trees, but not necessarily poems about trees. The $5.00 entry fee (check or money order only) should be payable to the Borough of Fanwood. “Poetry Contest” must appear in the subject line.

Each poem must be single-spaced on a separate sheet of paper. Submit two copies of each poem; one copy with the poet’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address in the upper right corner, the other copy without the poet’s name and address, so judging will be “blind.” Judges will not know the name of the poem’s author.

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Poems will not be returned, so please do not include a return envelope. Keep a copy of the poems for your file. Due to the large volume of entries, it is impossible for judges to reply to contestants, except those who win.

The winner and possible runners-up will be notified by e-mail and will be posted on Facebook, the Carriage House site online, and in print media. All entries must be received by March 15, 2018. Send entries and entry fee by U.S. Mail only to: Carriage House Poetry Prize, Fanwood Borough Hall, 75 North Martine Ave.Fanwood, New Jersey 07023.

The final judge for the Carriage House Poetry Prize will be poet/novelist/short story writer Donna Baier Stein, the founding publisher of Tiferet Journal and a founding editor of the Bellevue Literary Review. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.