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The Poetic Bond Poets’ Choice Award (“The Award”)


1.     Only poems selected for publication in The Poetic Bond VIII will automatically be eligible for entry into “The Award”

2.     All poets selected for publication in The Poetic Bond VIII will be eligible to vote for “The Award”  

3.     The editor will contact each poet selected for publication in The Poetic Bond VIII after the proofreading stage of the publication process.  Each poet will be sent, by email, a pre-publication draft containing just the poems*.  Each poet will be asked to vote on the three poems which, in their opinion, most engage and inspire them. (*Any poem in the anthology by the editor will be omitted from this draft as it will not be eligible for “The Award”)  

4.     The voting process will be one of 1st, 2nd and 3rd preference, where the following weighting will be applied – 5pts for 1st preference, 2pts for 2nd preference, 1pt for 3rd preference.  The three poems with the highest total points will be adjudged “The Award” winners.

5.     Poets will be given at least two weeks to cast their votes.   No votes will be accepted after the voting deadline.

6.     There will be three awards of $25 each for the three poems who secure the most points.

7.     A poet can win more than one award, the prizes are awarded on the basis of the poem, not the poet.

8.     Winning of an award does not adjudge the poems who win in any other way than that the voting pool has chosen those poems.  

9.     The Editor, nor anyone associated with The Poetic Bond, will have no input into the vote, and will not recommend, give an opinion, or otherwise seek to influence the voters in any way.

10.The vote will be counted and collated by the Editor, and the result of the vote for the top ten poems announced on and in marketing and press releases for The Poetic Bond VII.  The announcement of the award-winning poems will be cited in final publication.  For transparency, a breakdown of the list of results for every poem, and the preference votes cast, will be available on request from The Poetic Bond editor.

11.   Correspondence for any reason regarding “The Award”, save for notification of the results, will not be entered into.