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Open Community Poetry Contest 

Submission Period: July 1, 2017 - September 30, 2017

Fee: Free (You must be a registered member of our community).

What to Submit: This contest is for traditional and non-traditional poems alike.

How to Submit: Submit contest entries just as you would a community submission. All entries are published to our website and winners are selected from those.


There will be one winner and one runner-up. The two poets and their poems will be announced within 30 days of the end of the contest period. The winner will receive $100, be promoted online, receive extensive exposure through our current distribution channels, productions, and social media outlets (FB and Twitter). The winner will also have a full interview of himself or herself featured on Hennen's Observers' homepage.To see our list of past winners, go here. The runner-up will receive $50 for his or her work and be published and promoted as well.

How the Contest is Judged and What the Judges are Looking For:

A panel of two judges formed from Hennen's editorial staff and one guest judge (for a total of three judges) will weigh the submissions and will grade the poems on such criteria as: originality, freshness of expression and form, and technical complexity. At the end of the day, powerful poems that "stay with the reader" will win.

Finally, all contest rules and regulations may be subject to change by the editorial staff of Hennen's Observer at any time and without notice. The judges and their immediate family and friends are ineligible to win the quarterly poetry contest due to a conflict in interest.

Thank-you in advance for your submissions and good luck to you!




Essay Contest


Submission Period: Anytime

Fee: Free. (You must be a registered member of our community)

What to Submit: We are looking for thoughtfully written essays based on personal life experiences which altered or shaped in some way your attitude about life and/or the universe in general. Essays must be between 1,500 and 2,500 words. Please use specific experiences pertaining to personal circumstances. Submissions that are overtly political or of a blog-type form will not be considered unless they are above partisan ranting.

How to Submit: Submit contest entries just as you would a community submission. All entries are published to our website and winners are selected from those.

Prizes: The winning submissions will be featured as the lead story/article for our digital magazine. Compensation will be negotiated. 




Audio Play Script Contest


Submission Period: Anytime

Fee: Free

What to Submit: A script for a two person play the subject for which is unrestricted. However, we discourage a genre specific script unless the subject matter is approached in an original or inventive way. The finished script should be roughly 10-15 pages in length (double spaced) or 5-10 minutes in length when performed.

How to Submit: Submit through out contact page with the subject line indicating your desire to enter the Audio Play Script Contest.

Prizes: We will negotiate for chosen scripts. In addition, the winning pieces will be produced into a full audio production and featured in the digital magazine, Hennen's Observer.