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on reading poetry aloud for an audience

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audio contest – “You decide your entry fee!”

At the Missouri Review:


Poets are encouraged to enter an original poem or collection of poems as a single audio file for this category.

Judging will be based on the following criteria: literary merit, technical proficiency, and how the author uses audio media to further the literary strength of his or her piece.

Time: 15 minutes or less.
First Prize: $1,000

You can listen to last year’s winner, Laurel Bastian, read the winning entry here. (She starts reading at about 1 min 38 secs in). Excellent reading.


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