The Voices Israel Group of Poets in English

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Voices Israel holds an annual competition in memory of Reuben Rose, the founding editor. Submissions are invited from members and are judged by a panel of three independent judges. Cash prizes totaling $700 are awarded as well as publication of the winning poems and honorable mentions.

The three winning poems of the competition, and the poems awarded an Honorable Mention, are published in the following year's Anthology. Online versions of the winning poems are also here on our website. They can be accessed by year from the top menu, above, or by clicking here.

Please note: Poems published on this Voices Israel website and files linked to it, including in our newsletters, competition announcements, and workshop chapbooks, are sole copyright of the poets themselves. Voices Israel expressly does not give permission for reproduction or syndication elsewhere without the poets' written permission.

The submission period for the 31st Reuben Rose Competition (2020) opened on July 15, 2020.  It will remain open through October 1st, 2020. To submit, click the Submit to the Competition button at the end of this page.

The three judges for the 2020 competition are:
-  Kay Kim Richards of California, USA - award-winning poet: our overseas judge
- Miriam Webber of Israel, last year's Reuben Rose second prize winner.
- David Silverman of Illinois, USA, one of last year's Reuben Rose Honorable Mention winners.
A downloadable announcement about the 2020 competition is available here (PDF file).

Prizes

First prize $500, second prize $150, third prize $50.
Ten honorable mentions are awarded. 

Prizewinners and all honorable mentions are published in the Voices Israel Poetry Anthology of the following year (e.g. winners and honorable mentions of the 2018 competition will be published in the 2019 Anthology).

Requirements for Entries

Anyone, anywhere may submit.

Line limit per poem: 41 lines, including any stanza breaks, dedication, epigraph, etc., but not including the title.

Poems must be in English and previously unpublished, in print or online (inclusion in the monthly Voices Israel newsletter or in a chapbook from Voices Israel workshops is not considered publication).

Poems are judged anonymously - without the poets’ names.  Please make sure that your name appears only on the Submission page, not anywhere in the file you send or in the file's name. Failure to observe this rule may result in your inability to enter the competition.

We retain a non-exclusive right to publish and republish the winning poems and honorable mentions in all media, while the poet retains copyright and can also republish after the winners are announced.

Submission Procedure

All poems must be submitted and entry fees paid via the online submissions service, Submittable.  If you find you are unable to use the Submittable.com website, please write to reubenrosepoetrycompetition@gmail.com or contact Mark Levinson at 054-444-8438.

Click on the button below to access the Submittable site and see the list of submission forms.

Entry Fees

US$6.00 for 1 poem
US$12.00 for 3 poems
US$18.00 for 6 poems.

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