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Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition

Passion is the essence of the soul, the saying goes, and writing is the soul speaking. To write something worth sharing, and to then talk about it in a room at the public library, is the essence of the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition. The brainchild of Bay Area poet Eileen Malone and the National League of American Pen Women, a dozen writers — published poets and authors, winners of artists' grants, teachers, and struggling pen-masters just like you — from across the country sponsor prizes in categories encompassing fiction, poetry, and prose in multiple forms. The contest draws entrants nationwide, who vie for a top prize of $100. No huge payout, maybe, but the right to re-enter the same piece or publish it elsewhere is yours, as are the feedback and fellowship garnered from spending an afternoon with like-minded writers. Not everyone can pen odes on Grecian urns or on the first stanzas of a translation of Homer, but then again, Keats never declaimed his verse in the Koret Auditorium.


(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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