Hello everyone. I am entering Brain Storm Poetry Contest and have a question. Do I label my poems only on entry form? Or On the entry form and poems? If I am reading it right looks like I need to label them with A, B, or C. This is the first time I am entering my poetry and would like to make sure that is is not disqualified.

Thanks all

Heather Cole

Here are the rules for the contest:

Contest Rules & Regulations
The contest is open only to consumers/survivors of mental health services* internationally. It aims to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness by showcasing the talents and creativity of individuals living with mental illness.
The contest opens Monday, January 1, 2018 and closes on Friday, March 9, 2018. All entries must be received before midnight on March 10, and payment must arrive with entry. Entries will not be returned. Eligible poems will be blind-judged by a consumer/family panel.
Poetry about the experience of mental illness is welcomed; however, all subjects are acceptable. Poems are judged on poetic merit: originality, creativity, how well it changed or provoked readers’ thoughts, how well it was written, the effective use of imagery and sound devices, writing mechanics, and whether the poem imparted a sensation after it was read—the last a critical factor in the final round of judging.
The top-three winning poems will be published in an upcoming issue of Open Minds Quarterly, NISA’s literary journal, and publicized during Mental Health Week in May 2018. Winners will receive two copies of the issue of Open Minds Quarterly in which their work appears. The top-three winners will also receive monetary awards: $250 for First Place; $150 for Second Place; $75 for Third Place. Entries receiving Honourable Mentions will be published in subsequent issues of Open Minds Quarterly. All non-winners will be entered in a random draw to win a free one-year subscription to Open Minds Quarterly or a copy of our anthology In New Light (two draws). The judges’ decisions are final. Monetary prizes will be awarded in Canadian dollars.
Authors retain all rights to their work and, after the contest, are welcome to submit their poems to Open Minds Quarterly for regular review.
To be eligible, each entry must:

  • be original, unpublished work;
  • be written in English;
  • be accompanied by one entry form for every three poems entered;
  • arrive with your entry fee;
  • NOT have any names or identifying marks (put your name only on the accompanying entry form);
  • be typed;
  • be no more than 30 lines in length;
  • not include any drawings or images;
  • arrive at NISA by 11:59 p.m. of Friday, March 9, 2017;
  • arrive by surface mail, hand delivery, or through the online submission form (no faxes or e-mails);
  • if submitted by mail, be printed on 8.5” x 11” or A4 paper, one poem per page

Poems are not eligible if:

  • they have already been published by or accepted for publication in Open Minds Quarterly;
  • the rules listed above are not followed;
  • entry fee payment is returned due to insufficient funds.

NISA staff and board members are ineligible for entry.
Disqualified entrants will not be notified of disqualification.
Entry Fee
The entry fee is $12.00 for up to three poems. For mailed entries: Do not send cash in the mail. Cheques or money orders must be made payable to NISA or Northern Initiative for Social Action. Credit card payments can be sent via PayPal.com to info@nisa.on.ca, and please include your payment confirmation with your mailed entry form.