The MacGuffin’s 24th Poet Hunt Contest

Featuring guest judge Richard Tillinghast.

The contest opens on April 1 and closes June 15.

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

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

Each entrant will receive one free issue of The MacGuffin that includes the winners of the 24th Annual Poet Hunt Contest.

Past and present staff members and their families are not eligible to participate.

General Submission Guidelines

  1. An entry may consist of up to 5 poems. If more than 5 are sent, only the first 5 will be considered. Each poem can be up to 400 lines long. Poems longer than 400 lines will not be considered.
  2. There is a $15 entry fee. If paying by check or money order, please make payable to “SCHOOLCRAFT COLLEGE.”
  3. 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 by Monday, July 24, 2019.
  4. 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.
  5. Winners will be announced in September 2019.

To Submit via Submittable

Visit our Submittable page at https://themacguffin.submittable.com/submit.

For Online Submissions:

  1. Visit The MacGuffin Webstore via the “Shop” tab at www.schoolcraftbooks.com and purchase a $15 POET HUNT Entry Fee. Note that you will not be charged shipping for this item. Entry fees will only be available for purchase during the entry period, April 1 - June 15.
  2. After you’ve purchased an entry fee, please send your submission as a Word .doc via email to macguffin@schoolcraft.edu and include “POET HUNT 24” in the subject line. Reference your order number in the first line of the email. Order numbers are listed as WO######.
  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 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 15, 2019 at 11:59:59 PM.

For Postal Submissions:

  1. Poems must be typed or printed 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, to mail your complimentary copy, 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 15, 2018.
  5. Mail entries to:

    THE MACGUFFIN
    POET HUNT CONTEST
    Schoolcraft College
    18600 Haggerty Road
    Livonia, MI 48152


Please direct any questions to Gordon Krupsky, Managing Editor, via email at macguffin@schoolcraft.edu. Happy writing and good luck!