02 June, 2010


About IMD Illinois Statewide Writing Competition:

Open to male and female residents of the State of Illinois (U.S.A.), including incarcerated male and female writers, the Illinois (U.S.A.) region of the International Men's Day 2010, IMD Illinois, seek to promote positive male role models; to celebrate writings related to the core objectives of IMD with prizes awarded to the top three poems, essays, and short stories; and to recognize award winners and honorable mentions in an awards dinner and ceremony to take place on Friday, November 19, 2010 at a location to be determined.

The Judges:

The esteemed judges of the International Men's Day Illinois (IMD Illinois) Statewide Writing Competition will be announced at a later time.

The Prizes:

The Langston Hughes Prize for Poetry [First Prize]

The Jerome Teelucksingh Prize for Essay [First Prize]

The Frances E. W. Harper Prize for Short Story [First Prize]

The L. T. Henry Award for Best Work on Fatherhood [Poem, Essay, or Short Story]

$500.00 for the first place winners in the poetry, essay, and short story categories;
$200.00 for the second place winners in the poetry, essay, and short story categories;
$100.00 for the third place winners in the poetry, essay, and short story categories;

Two free tickets for the IMD Illinois Statewide Writing Competition Awards Dinner and Ceremony (November 19, 2010) for first, second, and third place winners and honorable mentions.

First, second, and third place, and honorable mention certificates signed by IMD Founder, Jerome Teelucksingh; IMD Historian, Jason Thompson; IMD Coordinator for the U.S.A., Diane Sears; and IMD Coordinator for the State of Illinois (USA), John D. Evans.

A free one-year subscription of IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R) for the best work on fatherhood (poem, essay, or short story).

Award Deadline:

The IMD Illinois Statewide Writing Competition Committee will only accept submissions postmarked between June 15, 2010 – September 15, 2010.

What can I submit?:

· You can submit to only one of three writing categories: poetry, essay, or short story.
· You can submit up to three (3) poems or only one essay or short story (no page requirement).
· No previously published work(s) can be submitted.
· Writings must address one or more of the following core IMD objectives:

To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sports men but every day, working class men who are living decent, honest lives.

To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment.

To focus on men’s health and wellbeing; social, emotional, physical and spiritual.

To highlight discrimination against men; in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law.

To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.

To create a safer, better world; where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential

How to Submit:

· Entries may be submitted as an electronic or hardcopy.
· Each hardcopy/mailed entry must be sent in duplicate (two copies of your submission).
· Each entry must have a cover page.
· Each entry must have the proper entry fee or your submission will be disqualified.

The cover page must include:

Email (if available)
Name of the Category
Title and First Line of first (or only) poem in submission

Submissions from officers, members, or family members of the 2010 IMD Coordinators Network are ineligible.

Your name should not appear anywhere else besides the cover sheet.

If you are sending more than one poem, you may use the same cover sheet and envelope.

What is ineligible:

· Translations are ineligible.
· Collaborative work is ineligible.
· A poem, essay, or short story that has previously won an award cannot be submitted.

Entry Fees

The entry fee for each category is $5.00 ($5.00 per poem). All categories are free to incarcerated male and female poets. High school teachers or administrators may submit an unlimited number of their students' poems (one submission per student) for a $50 entry fee. Personal and certified checks and money orders should be made payable to the IMD Illinois. Please do not send cash.

For an acknowledgment of receipt of submissions, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard (SASP).

If you would like to receive a print announcement of the awards winners, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE); the winners will also be announced on the International Men's Day website.

No entries will be returned; do not enclose a SASE for that purpose.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we cannot inform entrants of incorrectly submitted or disqualified material, nor can we accept any corrections or revisions to submissions.

Where to send:

The IMD Illinois Statewide Writing Committee will only accept submissions postmarked between June 15th and September 15th of 2010.

Express Mail and FedEx packages are acceptable but must also be postmarked on or before September 15th.

Please mail your submission to:

TEPC, Inc.
Attn: IMD IL Contest
P.O. Box 2177
Oak Park, IL 60303-2177

Application Checklist:

A completed submission includes:

TWO copies of each submission, with a cover sheet attached to one of the copies.

A SASP if you would like acknowledgment of receipt of submission.

A SASE if you would like to be notified of the winners

A check or money order for $5 per entry (personal or certified checks and/or money orders should be made payable to the IMD Illinois).

Individuals, institutions, and organizations in Illinois in the United States that are interested in participating in 2010 International Men’s Day, should contact Mr. John D. Evans, the Illinois (USA) Regional Coordinator, by e-mail at:

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