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Simplified Rules

In the event of any question about the rules of this contest, the unabridged rules shall be deemed correct. Questions about these rules may be directed to the Executive Director of Utmost Christian Writers Foundation, Nathan Harms.

? Who can enter?
? What are the prizes?
? When is the deadline?
? How much are the entry fees?
? Where do I send my poems?
? Are there limitations on the types of poems permitted?
? Who judges this contest?
? How are winners notified?
? Entry form

Who can enter?

This contest is open only to Christians, but it is open to all Christians. You do not need to be a member of Utmost Christian Writers to enter this contest. There will be no favoritism shown to poets of any particular age, gender, church affiliation or nation.

What are the prizes?
$3,000 in cash prizes are offered. GRAND PRIZE: $1,000.00 / SECOND PRIZE: $500.00 / HONORABLE MENTIONS (10): $100.00 each / BEST RHYMING POEM: $300.00 / HONORABLE MENTION RHYMING POEM: $200.00

All prizes are paid in American dollars.

When is the deadline?
Your entries, accompanied by an official entry form and the correct fees, must be postmarked no later than February 28, 2018

How much are the entry fees?
There is a fee of $20 for each poem entered, with a maximum of 5 poems per entrant. Canadian entrants should submit their fees in Canadian dollars. American entrants (and all other non-Canadian entrants) should submit their fees in American (US) dollars. Cash, checks and money orders are accepted, but if sending us a money order from the United States please be sure it is an International money order. It must say "International Postal Money Order" on the face. Make your check payable to: Utmost Christian Writers. You may also use your credit card to securely pay your fees over the Internet (see button on the entry form).

Where do I send my entries?
Send your entries, with a signed official entry form, to: Utmost Christian Writers Poetry Contest, 121 Morin Maze, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6K 1V1 (Do not send entries by email.)

Are there limitations on the types of poems permitted?
Poems may be rhymed or free verse, up to sixty (60) lines. Poems need not be religious in content. Poems are judged solely on the quality of writing, not the content. Poems must not have been previously published.

Each poem must be typed as a separate manuscript, with no name or other identification on it. If your poem requires multiple pages, number the pages.

Who judges this contest?
Poems will be judged by an independent committee of poets under the administration of Utmost Christian Writers Foundation director, Barbara Mitchell.

How are winners notified?
Winners will be announced publicly in Edmonton, Alberta, on April 14, 2018. Prizes will be mailed to winners, and winners will also be announced on the Utmost Christian Writers web site: http://www.utmostchristianwriters.com/index.php.

What is a Christian?

In previous years we have had a number of people ask whether they are "Christian" for the sake of our contest. It's not our desire to judge religious beliefs—or to enter into doctrinal disputes—but we hope the following will be helpful.

If you are Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or any other identifiable religion that does not put forth that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Savior, then you are not a Christian for the purposes of our contest. If you are an agnostic or atheist you are also not a Christian for the purposes of this contest. We mean no disrespect to you or your faith.

A Christian is a person who believes Jesus Christ is the only Savior, that He died for the sins of the world and that He rose from the dead. A Christian has accepted the sacrifice of Jesus' life for his or her personal sins, and is attempting to live as Jesus Christ taught we should.

Aside from these basics, we ask you to judge for yourself if you are a Christian.

What does "previously published" mean?

If your poem is available for reading on the Internet, it is considered "published" and is not eligible for our contest (except if your poem has been posted solely for the purpose of critique and workshopping).

If your poem has been printed and distributed by retail sale or postal mailing in quantities over 499 copies, it is considered "published" and is not eligible for our contest.

If your poem has been printed in an anthology published by Poetry.com or Noble House it is considered "unpublished" and is eligible for our contest. (These companies typically print only ONE copy of the anthology for each poem submitted to them.)