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Poetry Palooza Events
Fall 2022

The International Women’s Writing Guild is a vibrant creative community that connects soulful women writers across the world—writers from countless backgrounds, interests, and genres. Now, we are delighted to share with you our ambitious new poetry series.

The Guild’s Poetry Palooza is a multiple-month program where you can hone your craft, learn about self-care in writing life, social justice writing, and arm yourself with insider knowledge on the publishing industry. Whether you’re brand new to poetry or a best-selling professional, there is lots to learn with our panel kick-off event and workshops, scheduled alongside free writes and open mics so you can attend them all. 

Credit/Refund Policy

If you withdraw from a workshop or class:

  • At least 10 business days prior to class you will receive a full refund or credit towards another class
  • 9 business days prior to class until 1 business day before you will receive a credit towards another class
  • Within 1 business day you will receive no refund or credit.

Please note that notification of withdrawal must be processed via email writers@iwwg.orgIf IWWG must cancel a class for any reason, we will give you a full refund or, if you choose, a credit in the amount of your payment, to be used for any future class or event. 

Poetry Contest



Entry: September 15 – November 30, 2022 

First-round reading period: December 1–14

Finalist reading period for the judge: December 15–31

Winners announced: January 2023

ENTRY FEE: $15 for three poems (email for PayPal fee is same as email for submission)

(Enter as many times as you wish) 

A limited number of International Women’s Writing Guild entry fee scholarships are available for those financially unable to pay the fee. See below for instructions.

JUDGE: Katie Manning


Katie Manning is the founding editor-in-chief of Whale Road Review and a professor of writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She is the author of Tasty Other, which won the 2016 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, and her fifth chapbook, 28,065 Nights, is newly available from River Glass Books. Her poems have appeared in december, The Lascaux Review, Kahini Quarterly, New Letters, Poet Lore, and many other venues. Find her online at 


First Place: $500, feature in virtual reading, plus featured poet publication in The Orchards Poetry Journal June 2023 issue, a contributor copy of the print issue, no reading fee for one future manuscript submission to Kelsay Books.

Second Place: $100, plus publication in The Orchards Poetry Journal,

a contributor copy of the issue, no reading fee for one future manuscript

submission to Kelsay Books.


Two Honorable Mentions: Publication in The Orchards Poetry Journal,

contributor copy of the issue, no reading fee for one future manuscript

submission to Kelsay Books.



NOTES: No revisions after submission.


FORMS: Poetry, any form, up to 30 lines in length.

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED: Previously published poems accepted as long as the author retains rights.

JUDGING METHOD: We are judging with names redacted. Remove your name from your poetry document. We accept word documents, no PDFs please.



1. First pay the entry fee (see below).  PayPal email is

For 1-3 poems the cost is $15.00

Multiple entries are allowed. Submit your payment and email

1-3 of your poems in one Word document.

2. Include your PayPal transaction ID inside the body of your email.

The transaction ID is emailed to you once the Paypal

payment has been accepted. If you are requesting a scholarship/waived fee, please put that in the body of your email instead. 

3. Write CONTEST in the subject line of your email.

4. The body of the email should contain the titles of your poems,

and your name, address, and 50-word biography.

5. Submit your 1-3 poems in ONE word document attached to the email.

If you send multiple entries you must pay new submission fees

and submit a new Word document for each group of poems.

6. Do NOT put your name in the Word document that has your poems.

We are judging with names redacted.



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Phone: (617) 792-7272

Mailing Address:

The International Women’s Writing Guild

888 8th Avenue, #537
New York, NY 10019

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