A practical response to the poetry contest brouhaha

In the wake of the controversy generated by Foetry.com’s allegations of unfairness against various university poetry awards, a member of the poetry board and the editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review argue that:

Poets and their publishers must finally recognize…. that a widespread perception of unfairness is nearly as damaging as actual fraud.

They recommend that the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), and the Literary Ventures Fund/Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (LVF/CLMP) “form a joint committee to create voluntary guidelines for publication contests.”


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