Open Minds Quarterly presents its 12th Annual BrainStorm Poetry Contest for mental health consumers. This international contest is open to any individual who has accessed mental health services or has been diagnosed with a mental illness (a “consumer/survivor” or “a person with lived experience of mental illness”).
The contest, which brings in an average of 500 entries, is a fundraising event, with proceeds going to . The poetry is judged by a panel consumer/survivors or family members on artistic merit, how well it changes or provokes the reader’s thoughts, and originality.
The first, second and third place winners win a monetary prize, as well as publication in . The poems that merit honourable mention are also published in OMQ.
The entry fee is $10 for up to three poems. Full rules and entry form here.
Deadline: Friday, March 14, 2014
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