The Jack Grapes Poetry Contest is open for submission 


Cultural Weekly’s Jack Grapes Poetry Prize Poetry Contest: June 29th through August 31st, 2017

Cash prizes of $250 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place, including publication in Cultural Weekly. In addition, five finalists will be chosen and awarded $50 each, including publication in Cultural Weekly.

The Rules

  1. You may submit up to 4 previously unpublished poems. What do we mean by unpublished? If it has appeared in any book, magazine or edited website, then it is published. Sole exception: if you have posted it only on your own blog or social media, and you take it down and leave it down, we will consider it unpublished.
  2. NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS. We promise to make a quick decision.
  3. All submissions must be made through SUBMITTABLE. There is a $4 fee for up to four poems. You may only submit once during this period. Choose your best work!
  4. You must follow the formatting rules. Submissions that do not follow these rules may not be considered.
  5. Submissions must be in .doc or .docx format. (No “pages,” “txt” “pdf” or other formats).
  6. Your submissions must all be in a single document. In other words, if you submit 4 poems, they should all be in 1 document, not in 4 separate documents.
  7. Make the name of the file the title of your first poem.
  8. Pages must be numbered.
  9. No unusual spacing or fonts. 12 point, Times New Roman preferred.
  10. The judges will read all submissions blind. List the titles of your poems on the cover page. Remember: your name, address, phone number and email address must appear on the cover page only! All other pages of your submission must contain NO identifying information. Follow the guidelines on the Submittable page.
  11. No poems will be accepted after August 31st, 2017, midnight Pacific Time. No entries will be considered after that date.
  12. By entering this contest you guarantee that the work you are submitting is your own original poetry, that it has never been published electronically or in print, and that it has not been submitted nor accepted for publication elsewhere.
  13. Cultural Weekly’s poetry editor will contact all those who submitted with the results soon after the contest ends. Your patience is appreciated. The decision of the judges is final.
  • Each dance film must take place in a public space (e.g. city street, parking lot, alley, public building, beach, bus or train terminal, museum, station, etc. however not inside a studio, on a stage, or in a private building or house). Please note that the visible presence of passersby/members of the public at large is preferred but not mandatory. 
  • There are 3 submission categories for films:  

a) Polished:  Films in which filmmakers intentionally create and/or pre-conceptualize the choreography and filmic approach in response to a public site or space, keeping the space, and/or its usage in mind. 

b) Raw:  Films in which filmmakers capture a dancer or dance event that is happening within a public space in a more spontaneous and/or random way. 

c) Student:  Films in either category submitted by a student 17 years and older.  When submitting, please note the category in which you are requesting consideration.  If you do not note judges will assign the film a category.

  • Each film must be posted on YouTube. The title line must include the hashtags #DareToDance #ScreenDanceDiaries #CulturalWeekly and#DemocratizeDance. You must include the YouTube link in your submission form. 
  • Each submission must not exceed 5 minutes 30 seconds in length (5:30). 
  • Deadline for final submission is 11:59 pm Pacific Time on October 31, 2017.
  • Submission/processing fee is $20 per entry.
  • Submissions will be judged based to a greater or lesser degree (depending on the submission category) on the quality of choreography, concept, originality, use of space, and interface of dance with the camera.
  • Awards will be given in 6 categories, with five categories being determined by the judges as follows:
a) Best Interface of Dance & Camera
b) Best Original Dance/Choreography
c) Best Use of Location
d) Best Overall Performance
e) Best Student Film in either category 
(student films will be judged taking into consideration elements of the above criteria as well as overall talent, apparent promise, and general creativity. 
f) Audience Choice Award, and will be determined by the number of YouTube "Likes" your video receives.
  • Winners will receive a minimum $50 cash prize (exact amounts TBA), and winners in each category will have their dance shorts & a brief write-up featured in Cultural Weekly's column ScreenDance Diaries when winning films are announced
  • By submitting your entry, you affirm that the work is entirely your own and that you have the agreement and/or permission of all involved, as well as the permission to use it. This includes rights to use music. Please be aware that YouTube may take down copyrighted music that is used without permission.