2021 Poetry Contest


Enter the Redwood Writers 2021 Poetry Contest

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Don't miss Fran Claggett-Holland's special offer for poets.


First prize:

Second prize:

Third prize:

*In addition to the cash awards, every winner, including honorable mention, receives a certificate.

Winners announced:

Saturday, May 15, 2021

at the Redwood Writers
general membership meeting
on Zoom


Winning poems will be published online.



In addition to all Redwood Writers members, the contest is open to:
• All CWC members, regardless of residence.
• Non-member residents of Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Solano counties.


Submission dates:

Open: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021
Close: Thursday, Apr. 15, 2021, at 9 p.m.


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Please observe the following contest rules; otherwise, your entry may be disqualified.


  • Each poet may submit up to 3 poems (maximum 50 lines per poem).
  • BLIND SUBMISSIONS: Your name must NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript; only the title(s) of poem(s).
  • Only previously unpublished poems will be accepted. Poems that have appeared in print, including online magazines, are not eligible. However, they may have appeared in personal blogs or online newsletters.
  • All poems must be submitted by 9 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 15, 2021, for consideration.
  • Poems must be original.


  • 1-inch margins
  • Minimum 12-point in any font
  • Poems may be single-spaced
  • One space after punctuation
  • Each poem must have a title
  • Page number at the bottom center

selecteddocsPLEASE INCLUDE:

  • At the time of submission, include a 50-word professional biography written in 3rd person


  • Document format: Your piece(s) should be formatted as a Microsoft Word document (doc or pdf, NOT a docx).
  • Multiple poems may be submitted in a single document. Each poem must have its own title.
  • ONLINE SUBMISSIONS ONLY: All entries must be submitted online using the submission form linked below.


Special Offer with Fran Claggett-Holland

You are invited to review your poems with “poem maven” Fran Claggett-Holland. Fran will assist you in getting your poem(s) to that perfect winning pitch. Before submitting, email your poems to Fran at [email protected], and she will assist you in structure, content, and rhythm.

Fran’s careers include 40 years of teaching in higher education, educational consultant, and author of books for teachers and students. Fran teaches memoir and poetry for Osher Lifelong Learning at SSU. She recently published a fourth book of poems. Fran has served as Editor and Co-Editor of Redwood Writers Annual Poetry Anthology since 2017.



Les Bernstein

Les Bernstein’s poetry has been published in journals, presses, and anthologies in the U.S. and internationally. Her chapbooks Borderland, Naked Little Creatures, and Amid the Din were published by Finishing Line Press. She won the 2014 Nazim Hikmet award and is a 2015 Pushcart Prize nominee. Les has served as co-editor of four of Redwood Writers Poetry Anthologies.


Susan Gunter

Susan Gunter, Ph.D., studied poetry with James Dickey. Her poems appear in journals around the country, including Poet Lore. She held the William Dean Howells Fellowship in American literature at Harvard’s Houghton Library in 2005. Susan’s books include poetry, a memoir, and three on the Henry James family.


Louise Hofmeister

Louise Hofmeister (M.Ed. Stanford) has been published in Truth Serum, Pure Slush, and Gnashing Teeth’s Heat the Grease. In 2020, she received Redwood Writers Poetry Anthology Award of Merit.




Linda Loveland Reid is the author of two novels. Dozens of her poems and articles have been published in magazines and anthologies. Linda teaches art history at Sonoma State University and Dominican University in their Osher Lifelong Learning programs. She is an oil and acrylic painter, and a director of theater.

Visit LindaLovelandReid.com

Questions should be addressed to:
[email protected]
or use the form, below.


Tina Deason

Tina Riddle Deason is the author of One’s Own Sweet Way, a novel about Anxiety Disorder, (CM Riddle), several short stories including Redwood Writers and Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, Sage Woman, Witches & Pagans and Common Grounds magazines. She is currently working on two novels and an apprenticeship manual. She writes and performs rituals and ceremonies and leads women’s circles, and a yearlong Priestess Apprenticeship.


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