Second Annual “Dare to Be” Poetry Chapbook Contest

Theme: Dare to Be, Dare to Write, Dare to Dare
Wow us with your interpretation of what Dare to Be means to you. Fill our Submittable account with the beatings of your poetic hearts.

Specs:  Send us 14 - 28 pages of your best poetry between September 15 - November 15, 2014.

Judge:  Final Judge Heather McHugh, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and winner of multiple Pushcart Prizes for Poetry

Prize:  $250 and 10 copies. Entry fee: $20.

A portion of the reading fees and the proceeds from sales of chapbooks fund The Owl of Minerva Award.

Minerva Rising publishes literature and visual art that is thought-provoking, insightful, riveting and often soul-baring. We are committed to developing all the women artists who join our community. Our editors take pride in the personal attention we offer to the reams of exceptional material we receive month after month.

The 2014 Chapbook Contest is limited to poetry but not limited to form. If you have a poetic voice and vision, please share it with us.

The submission period has ended. The next chapbook contest will open in Fall 2015.

The Judge: Heather McHugh

Heather McHugh


Heather McHugh has written books of poetry, essays and translation. As Executive Director of CAREGIFTED she helps give getaways to lifelong family caregivers. Her work in poetry has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the Wallace Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, as well as by a forty-year teaching career, most recently at the University of Washington in Seattle and at the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College.

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