Howard County Poetry and Literature Society

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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Mission Statement Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) is a nonprofit organization designed to enlarge the audience for contemporary poetry and literature and celebrate culturally diverse literary heritages. Founded in 1974 by National Book Award finalist Ellen Conroy Kennedy, HoCoPoLitSo accomplishes its mission by sponsoring readings with critically acclaimed writers; literary workshops; programs for students; and The Writing Life, a writer-to-writer interview show seen on YouTube, HCC-TV, and other local community college stations. HoCoPoLitSo has three guiding artistic and educational goals To present high-caliber, innovative literary programs in Howard County that celebrate diverse literary heritages and foster literary appreciation in diverse populations, including varying gender, ethnic and cultural identities, age groups, and income levels; To provide programming for youth and young adults that increases literary knowledge and appreciation and enlarges the audience for contemporary poetry and literature; and To preserve, document and make broadly accessible literary programming through the HoCoPoLitSo YouTube channel, blog and recorded programming.

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If Yes, Please Name
Howard Community College
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Pamela Simonson
Contact Title
Managing Director
Submissions Policy
Eligibility: The contest is open to all ages. Poems must be previously unpublished and a maximum of 60 lines (up to three pages). The contest is open to poetry in all styles ranging from experimental to traditional poems, including short narrative poems. You may not submit if you are a board member or employee of the Howard County Poetry and Literature society. How to Submit: Poems can be submitted electronically via Submittable or via postal carrier addressed to [ADDRESS]. Evaluation: Each poem will be judged separately and read anonymously. Reading Fee: $10 Deadline: September 15 each year
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
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Year Founded
1974 (organization) 2021 (The Ellen Conroy Kennedy Poetry Prize)
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