For general poems, do line spaces between stanzas count as part of the 40 line limit? What about titles, epigraphs and dedications?
The forty line limit apply only to the written lines of the poem, not the lines between stanzas. Titles, epigraphs and dedications are not
counted as lines either. This question does not apply for (haiku/tanka submission).
Can I make changes after my poem has been submitted?
Changes cannot be made to poems after they have been submitted.
How will you know which poems are mine if I don’t write my name on them?
Poems are coded by administrative staff so that they can be judged as anonymous works and then married back to your entry form once
the judges have made their decision.
I accidentally left my name or contact details on my entry, will my poem be disqualified?
This happens from time to time. Your name / contact details will be removed from the poem by administrative staff before the judges see the entries.
Are simultaneous submissions allowed?
No. To avoid complications, we would strongly recommend you to abstain from simultaneous submission.
If my poem is a few more than 40 lines, will it be disqualified?
Yes. Poems longer than forty lines are not eligible to win the RædLeafPoetry-India Award.
Can I use a pen name?
Judges will receive coded files. If yours is the shortlisted or in winning categories, we’ll get in touch with you to take your consent on how you want it to appear on RædLeafPoetry-India website and other communications.
Must entries be unpublished?
Yes. Poems that have already been published are not eligible to win the RædLeafPoetry-India Award. (Publication includes, Facebook, personal blogs and websites, journals or books)
Would poems submitted become the property of ReadLeafPoetry-India?
We encourage previously ‘unpublished’ poems for submission in order to have an unbiased and fair judgement. To ensure that there is no previous preoccupation about the poet in the minds of our Judges and vice versa. Having said so all submissions intended for the competition may on winning become a part of ReadLeafPoetry-India Award Anthology. On final award announcement (Nove’13), all rights revert back to the poet, until then it’ll be under the jurisdiction of the award committee to avoid any confusion. If yours is the winning poem or among the shortlisted ones, it then becomes a part the Anthology. In that case, the first publishing rights remain with us. However you can publish, reprint it anywhere with necessary credit to ‘ first appeared in RLPI Anthology-2013′.
If I send a poem written in a language other than English, and then an English translation, does the translation count as additional lines?
This competition is for Indian poetry written in English. Any submissions written in languages other than English will be disqualified.
I accidentally submitted the wrong poem. Can I switch it?
Alterations cannot be made to poems once they have been submitted. Submitting a new by cancelling the previous submission, counts as an alteration. If you want the judges to consider another poem, please send it as a new entry.
Can you check you received my poem?
Please be careful when you email your entry to us. Once you have sent us, check if your Outbox is clear or if you have received no Failure mail Notification. There is nothing more that RædLeafPoetry-India staff can do; please do not call us enquiring about the status of your submission.
Can you check that the poem I entered is the one I intended to enter?
This competition is open to a country of a million poets. Please understand it is not feasible to find a specific entrant’s work and discuss the same.
When will the competition winners be announced?
Competition winners are usually announced in the winter. Please check back to the website once the competition has closed for further details / specific dates.
Some competitions sift the entries before they send them to the judges. Will the judges of the RædLeafPoetry-India Award definitely see my poem?
Our Readers are Judges too. In order for the final Judges to evaluate your work, your entry must be able to convince our Readers. To see what will please our Judges and Readers, refer to the collection of poems in our Poetry Lounge
Please be careful of the deadline. As we only allow email submission, there will be no excuses on the grounds of postal delay.
You know we DO NOT TAKE MONEY to read your poems. We would love your work if they are lovable. So, think before you hit “Send”.