WTP Hamptons Literary Competition

2018 Category:

~ Poetry~

First Prize:

The Elizabeth Sloan Tyler Memorial Award

Win a one-week retreat to the legendary Hamptons on Long Island, NY. Destination for writers from around the world; home to Peter Matthiessen, George Plimpton, Truman Capote, among other literary legends; eight nights; accommodations for two in spacious four-bedroom residence, within walking distance to LIRR train to New York City, ocean beach, and town; full amenities; flexible bookings within 2019 calendar year. (Note: does not include transportation costs; no pets allowed) * Subject to the winner signing a license agreement for period of occupancy; must book occupancy dates for calendar year 2019 only, and submit signed license agreement by Dec. 31,2018


Hear what 2017 WTP Literary winner had to say!


“My time at the shingle house on Hand Lane has been filled with the garden’s robins, cardinals & other birds; the occasional coming of a distant train; and at night, always, the rhythms of the ocean. Elizabeth Sloan Tyler’s paintings form quiet focal points throughout the house, and lingering in her studio, the brushes still in their coffee can canisters, work from different points of her life on the walls and along the floor, brought inspiration and perspective. In particular, I found myself drawn to her late work, where the boundaries between land and sea and sky vanish, and all is movement. This vibrant but subtle energy ultimately fueled my own days. Coming from dry, arid West Texas, I liked nothing more than to sit on the back patio and read, write and draw, surrounded, everywhere by green. Walking beside the ocean, which is five minutes away (on foot), became a daily ritual, particularly late in the day when the light shifted, and color infused sky and sea. I cultivated solitude during my time here, but there is plenty to do in Amagansett, and I thought about going to yoga as well as out to hear music (but opted instead for the birds and sea). On my last day, though, I did rent a bike and rode to the bay at Devan Beach which brought me through the more wooded side streets further afar. I could not be more grateful to Sandra Tyler who ensured that I found yogurt, milk and oatmeal for my first morning, and drove up one night (with her dog Toby) to share dinner and her mother’s work. I am deeply grateful to Sandra, Dewitt Henry, and everyone at the Woven Tale Press for making this experience possible. I will draw upon my time here in the months ahead.”

—Jacqueline Kolosov


•Publication in  The Woven Tale Press

•Complimentary copy of print edition

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Submission Deadline: September 15, 2018

Juror: Joyce Peseroff Her fifth book of poems, Know Thyself, was named a “must-read” by the 2016 Massachusetts Book Awards. She is the author of The Hardness Scale, A Dog in the Lifeboat, Mortal Education, and Eastern Mountain Time. She edited Robert Bly: When Sleepers Awake, The Ploughshares Poetry Reader, and Simply Lasting: Writers on Jane Kenyon. She has received fellowships from the University of Michigan, the NEA, and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and won a Pushcart Prize. She has been Managing Editor, Associate Poetry Editor, and Contributing Editor for Ploughshares, and ran the Phone-a-Poem project from a closet at Emerson College for several years while she was associated with the journal. She was Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she directed the MFA Program for its first four years, and currently blogs on writing and literature at www.joycepeseroff.com

Entry Fee: $25 3-5 poems

Submission Requirements: poetry of any style or subject, unpublished or not published within the last five years; electronic submissions only; double-spaced; bio.

NOTE: all submissions will be considered for publication in the WTP regularly monthly magazine on a rolling basis. (Do not duplicate submissions.) All past WTP contributors are welcome to submit, but must be works previously unpublished in WTP. Judging criteria is based on adherence to submission requirements, originality, and proficiency of craft.


Second Prize:


•Publication in  The Woven Tale Press

•Complimentary copy of the print edition

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Third prize:


•Publication in  The Woven Tale Press

•Complimentary copy of the print edition

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Charming, expanded 1909 Cape-style residence, originally owned by artist Elizabeth Sloan Tyler and imbued throughout with her ambient landscape paintings. Bright sun room and deck for lounging and dining; cozy living room with working fireplace, and kitchen; access to studio and plenty of writing nooks:


WTP reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify this competition if any problem prevents the competition from running as planned; WTP reserves the right to substitute any prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the advertised is not available.