Is everyone a semi-finalist?

Our contest is made up of four stages-submission, semi-final, final, and winner. Because our contest is an amateur poetry contest-the key word being amateur-our contest philosophy is to be inclusive and not exclusive, and that’s an important distinction. That being said, many entries are disqualified for all sorts of reasons. The number one reason is the writer did not obey the line limit. Other reasons include the author did not provide a return address; a poem is illegible, unreadable, or simply nonsensical; and a poem exhibits extreme vulgarity. The percentage of submissions that are promoted to the semi-final round is sixty to seventy percent. The percentage that is promoted to the final round is approximately ten percent, and there are one hundred and twenty-six winners.

How are the winners selected?

Winners are selected based upon their poem’s level of poetic merit. Judges consider a poem’s thematic value and how well it is expressed, effective use of poetic devices, and the writer’s ability to creatively abstain from more prosaic style writing. Poems that contain original, vivid, surprising language will advance further than poems containing language that is general, vague, cliché, or trite.

Do I have to buy a book to be included in your publications?

All semi-finalists are given the opportunity to be published. If you sign and return your Author’s Proof then your poem will be scheduled to be published whether you purchase a book or not. Eber & Wein does reserve the right to exclude a poem from publication; however, it rarely happens that an editor will disqualify a poem for publication.

Why are your anthologies so expensive?

We make every attempt to use the highest quality materials in the production of all our products. However, we don’t deny that our anthologies are expensive compared to other books the same size and quality. The reason is because of the high cost of contest promotion and advertising. The advertising expenses make up over eighty percent of the cost of the publication.

Why don’t you pay royalties?

We advertise an amateur poetry contest. It’s a contest for writers who do not earn an income writing poetry. What we do instead is offer a discount for contributors who wish to purchase a copy of the book in which their poem is published. The purpose of publishing amateur poetry is to give writers the opportunity to share the poetry with a larger audience.

How long does it take to receive an anthology?

It all depends on when you make your purchase. It usually takes four to six weeks from the time you return your Author’s Proof until the book is released to the public.

Are you a Vanity Press?

To simplify the definition, a vanity publisher depends on the contributor of the publication to purchase their books. It is no secret that there’s not a huge market for amateur poetry books, and so, yes, we depend on contributors, their friends, and family to buy our books. However, only a very small percentage of contributors actually make a purchase. Therefore, we sell other products that help us offset the cost of advertising and book production.


    Mail your entries to:
    Poetry Contest
    1501 Broadway
    12th Floor Z
    New York, NY 10036

    Official Contest Rules

    • Sponsor: Eber & Wein Publishing, a publishing service provider.
    • Contest: The poetry contest is held three times per year. Contest dates are January 1 - June 30, and July 1 - December 31.
    • Prizes: Each contest is awarded one first place prize of $2,000.00 and a first place wall plaque ($100.00 value). Twenty second place prizes of $100.00 each and a second place wall plaque ($75.00 value). One hundred third place winners of a third place wall plaque ($75.00 value). Sixty to seventy percent of all entries become semi-finalists and receive a certificate of participation suitable for framing.
    • Eligibility: The contest is open to anyone who writes poetry. Poetry can be written in any poetic style and on any subject. Only one poem per person is allowed. Contest entries must be 26 lines or fewer and cannot exceed 70 characters per line. Any submission that exceed these limits will be automatically disqualified - NO EXCEPTIONS!
    • Judging Process: Contest entries are judged based on poetic technique, effectiveness, style, and creativity.
    • Editorial Comment: Contest entries that adhere to all contest rules will receive a brief editorial comment on their poem. The comment will be included on the Author's Proof.
    • Publication: Contestants who reach the semi-finalist stage of the contest may also be selected to be featured in a poetry anthology. Even poems disqualified from the contest may still be eligible for publication. There is no purchase required to be included in this anthology. There will be no royalties paid to contributers of anthologies. There is a contributer's discount of $20.00 for pre-publication orders. We only publish one poem per household per anthology. We reserve the right not to publish a poem for any reason.
    • Copyright: All publications are copyrighted with the U.S. Library of Congress as compilations. All individual poetry remains the property of the author.


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