The MacGuffin’s 23rd Poet Hunt Contest

Featuring guest judge Alberto Álvaro Ríos.

One (1) First Place Winner will receive a prize of $500.

Up to two (2) Honorable Mentions may also be awarded.

General Submission Guidelines

  1. First Place and Honorable Mention poems will be published in a future issue of The MacGuffin.
  2. Each entrant will receive one free issue of The MacGuffin that includes the winners of 23rd National Poet Hunt Contest.
  3. Staff members and their families are not eligible to participate.
  4. An entry consists of three poems. If more than three are sent, only the first three will be considered. Each poem can be up to 400 lines long.
  5. There is a $15 entry fee. If paying by check or money order, please make payable to “SCHOOLCRAFT COLLEGE.”
  6. Poems submitted may not be previously published, and must be the original work of the contestant. Poems may be under consideration elsewhere. The MacGuffin reserves the right to disqualify work that is accepted elsewhere. Please send all withdrawals before July 13, 2018.
  7. Entries will be initially screened by The MacGuffin staff through a blind review process. Based on an anonymous vote, 15 to 20 finalists will be sent to the guest judge for a final blind review with one (1) first place winner and up to two (2) honorable mentions ultimately being selected from this pool.
  8. Winners will be announced in September 2018.

For Online Submissions:

  1. Visit The MacGuffin Webstore via the “Shop” tab at and purchase a $15 POET HUNT Entry Fee. Note that you will not be charged shipping for this item.
  2. After you’ve purchased an entry fee, please send your three-poem submission as a Word .doc via email to and include “POET HUNT 23” in the subject line. Reference your order number in the first line of the email.
  3. The first page of your Word .doc should include your name, order number (again), mailing address (for your complimentary issue), and phone number. We will only use this information to contact you in light of a problem with your submission and to announce the winners of the contest. On this same page, please list the titles of the three poems you are entering.
  4. On the following pages, please include your poems, beginning each one on a new page.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email when we receive your submission and log it into our database. Please note that this is not an automatic process so there could be a delay of up to a few days before you hear back from us. Thank you for your patience.
  6. Entries will be considered up until June 4, 2018 at 11:59:59 PM.

For Postal Submissions:

  1. Poems must be typed on sheets of 8½″ × 11″ paper. Clean photo copies are acceptable. Do not include your name, address, or other identifying information on the poems.
  2. Each entrant must include an index card that lists the titles of the poems entered along with the contestant’s name, address, daytime telephone number, and email address. This information will only be used to contact you in light of a problem with your submission and to announce the winners of the contest.
  3. No entries will be returned. Please do not send an SASE.
  4. Entries must be postmarked between April 1 and June 4, 2018.
  5. Mail entries to:

    Schoolcraft College
    18600 Haggerty Road
    Livonia, MI 48152

  6. Entries must be postmarked between April 1 and June 4, 2018.

Please direct any questions to Gordon Krupsky, Managing Editor, via email at Happy writing and good luck!