Gah, I just got this invitation to a ceremony. I dunno if I should do it… Give me your opinions. Letter below. Keep in mind the costs about going to washington DC and that I probably won’t win. I chopped off the unimportant part at the bottom
Ladies and gentlemen, and fellow poets . . . It’s now time to declare the winner of
the largest cash prize ever awarded to an amateur poet . . . Our Poet of the Year
for 2005 . . . and Grand Prize winner of $20,000 is . . .
Daniel (last name removed)!
We’re familiar with your work, Daniel, and you know . . .
it could happen just that way!
I would like to inform you of your nomination as Poet of the Year for 2005, and to
personally invite you to read your poetry at the single largest gathering of poets
in history, where you will be formally inducted as an International Poet of Merit
and Honored Member of our Society for 2005-2006.
Your induction will take place Friday evening, August 19th, at the Washington Hilton
Hotel in Washington, DC, during the International Society of Poets Summer 2005
Convention and Symposium.
You will also be honored with two separate and very special awards for your poetic
achievement at special ceremonies throughout the weekend.
First, to honor and commemorate your poetic accomplishments, after you present your
poetry in front of fellow poets from around the world, amidst the applause from the
audience, you will be presented with your Outstanding Achievement in Poetry Silver
Award Bowl. The Award is a magnificent work of art in itself ($200.00 value),
uniquely engraved and mounted on a cherry-wood base (see it here). This impressive
award is so large and heavy, you may need an extra suitcase just to carry it home!
And Daniel . . . there’s much more . . .
In recognition of your poetry presentation at this prestigious International
Symposium, we will also create and present to you a beautiful and colorful
Commemorative Award Medallion to honor your poetic dedication and achievements.
36 POETS WILL SHARE $74,000.00 TOTAL IN PRIZES–INCLUDING
THE SINGLE LARGEST POETRY CASH PRIZE EVER AWARDED–$20,000.00!
And don’t forget the most lucrative amateur poetry contest ever! Your contest entry
poem can be written in any style, on any subject . . . and can be up to 40 lines
Just think . . . for this poem alone, you will have the opportunity to win one of 36
cash and gift prizes to be awarded at the Symposium . . . including a Grand Prize of
$20,000.00–the largest cash prize ever awarded in an amateur poetry competition.
There’s also a Second Prize of $5,000.00, two Third Prizes of all-expenses paid
vacations for two, including a Caribbean cruise and a trip to Cancun, Mexico, a
Fourth Prize of $1,000.00, and six other cash prizes of $500.00 each. World-renowned
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, W.D.Snodgrass, and Academy of American Poets Past
Chancellor, David Wagoner, will be with us to congratulate poets and present the
Your society is also encouraging today’s youth to develop and utilize their poetic
talents in a positive manner. This year we will award five $1,000.00 cash
scholarships to talented young poets attending the Symposium.
Our editors and professors will also be searching for new poetic talent. Twenty
poets will be “discovered” in the contest reading sessions. These winners
will be awarded publishing or recording contracts that will generate international
exposure for their poetic artistry.