Rules for "Poets for Housing Fairness " Poetry Contest!

The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit welcomes poets 16 – 80 years of age to submit video recordings of original poems to Poetry for Housing Fairness. The first place, second place and third place poets will present their winning poems as part of the 40th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit on September 27, 2017.
Email your video entries to by SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

Rules for the FHCMD 40th Anniversary, Poetry for Housing Fairness

Submissions to the Poetry for Housing Fairness Video Contest will be open from July 1, 2017 until September 8, 2017. The winner, along with 2 Runners Up, will have their videos published and shared across Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit’s various social media outlets.

Prize: The winner’s video (or a re-filmed version of the poem) along with the videos of the Runners Up will be featured across Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit’s social media. The winner will receive $500. The second will receive $250 and third place winner will receive $100. The Winner will also be invited to perform at the 40th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit, in Detroit, Michigan! The winner must be able to perform at the event.

No Entry Fee: All entrants will enter one video performance of their original poetry with no charge.

Timeline: The contest will open on July1st and close at 11:59 PM EDT on SEPTEMBER 8th.

Eligibility: The competition is open to poets age 16+ (NOTE: poets under 18 would need a signed parental/guardian release form). We will accept any poetry performance or poetry short film in English or with subtitles in another language. Each poet must submit a video recording of an original poem. No Covers, No recitations of movie monologs, no dramatic readings of songs. Quoting and appropriation are acceptable, but outright plagiarism will not be tolerated. Videos that have been previously published elsewhere are eligible, with the understanding that any selected video will have to be authorized for re-use. Poets must reside in Metropolitan Detroit, (Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb). Each video submission must include an introduction of no longer than 30 seconds. During the introduction the poet should say their name, age and title of the poem. Each poem must be no longer than 3 minutes. Complete video should last no longer than 3:40 mins (with a 10 second grace period). Poems longer than 3:40 mins will be automatically disqualified.

What we are looking for: We want poetry that educates respectfully the civil rights movement in fair housing. Past and present themes or events in the movement for equal rights and fair treatment in housing are suggested. Original poetry showing genuine emotion with self-respect and respect for others are welcome for entry into the contest.

Process: FHCMD Poetry for Housing Fairness Judges will review all submissions to determine the winner and runners up.

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