An anonymous poster on Craigslist is looking for a good poem. If a writer submits a promising piece and participates in an interview, they could be considered for a $10,000 prize.
I’ve entered a handful of poetry contests in the past and when none of these contests recognized my budding promise, I submitted my work to vanity presses, where I paid other people to not read my poems.
Suffice to say I’ve never encountered a more interesting or eccentric poetry contest than this one recently posted to Craigslist, in which an anonymous benefactor is awarding $10,000 to a promising poet, who has to submit to a job interview and essentially prove they need the money.
Submissions are to be made via email (email@example.com) by July 19th and should include the poem, the background of the poet/applicant, and descriptions of why you want this grant as well as, if you were selected, how you would use the funds.
The benefactor will select the 10 most intriguing poems and will meet with the writers by the end of July.
The main consideration is that the poem be the best. The secondary consideration will be someone's need. A letter or note submitted could also have some weight.