Poetry Competition

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (Section on Medicine and the Arts) is pleased to announce a POETRY COMPETITION in Celebration of the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of National Poetry Month, April 2015.

The competition is open to students, health care practitioners, educators and the general public. Members of the Section on Medicine and the Arts with advanced degrees in English Literature will initially assess the poems; final judging will be by prominent physician-poets who are College Fellows and members of the Section: Jack Coulehan, MD, who will lead the effort, Kelley Jean White, MD and Wynne Morrison, MD.
Entries must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2015.
● Participating poets are permitted one entry only.
● The poem must be written in English and be relevant to medicine, health, or health care.
● The poem is not to exceed 750 words.
● The poem must be original, not published or under consideration for publication, and must not have won a contest at the time of submission.
● The poem must be typed on 8.5 x 11 inch paper and submitted in five (5) print copies, as well as emailed to Rhonda L. Soricelli, MD, Chair of the Section:  RLSoricelli@comcast.net<mailto:RLSoricelli@comcast.net<mailto:RLSoricelli@comcast.net<mailto:RLSoricelli@comcast.net<mailto:RLSoricelli@comcast.net<mailto:RLSoricelli@comcast.net<mailto:RLSoricelli@comcast.net<mailto:RLSoricelli@comcast.net>>>.
● All entries will undergo blind review and should contain no identifying information other than the title of the poem. When submitting a poem, a separate cover page should include poet’s name, current address and phone number, email address, and the title of the work.
● Winning poetry will be selected on the basis of craftsmanship, originality and content.
● Winning poets will be announced on The College of Physicians Web site: www.collegeofphysicians.org by April 1, 2015 and will also be notified by email.
● The top three poets will be awarded $500, $250 and $100 respectively and will be invited to read their poems at The College of Physicians on April 21, 2015. Unfortunately, travel funds are not available.
● In addition, winning poems will be published on The College of Physicians Web site and in a Chapbook that will be available through The College store. The College will retain copyright.
● Entries should be mailed to:  Rhonda L. Soricelli, MD, Chair, Section on Medicine and the Arts, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 South Twenty-Second Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-3097
● Please direct inquiries by email to Dr. Soricelli: RLSoricelli@comcast.net

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