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What’s the $10,000 Poem Going to be?
Christian Science Monitor brought this unusual freelance job to our attention and for poetry scribes everywhere, the $10,000 might be an enticing payment.
As the client (referred to only as “Benefactor” in this Craigslist post) stipulates:
I am providing a $10,000 cash grant to one promising poet.
- Submissions to be made via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 19th
- Submission should include: poem; background of poet/applicant; descriptions of why you want this grant and if you were selected, how you would use the funds
- I (at my sole discretion) will select the 10 most promising entries and will meet with these individuals by the end of July
- Winner will be selected and grant will be made before August 7th and results will be posted on Craigslist
- Main consideration: best poem. Secondary consideration: need. Letter or note submitted will also affect decision.
As background, I come from a very humble beginning and feel very fortunate that at this point in my life I am able to give back. I currently support a number of music and art institutions in NYC but feel that this grant is a more direct way of making a difference in the life of one aspiring poet. I am neither a poet nor a writer but appreciate poetry, music, and art. Some of my favorite poets include Erich Fried, Anne Sexton, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and Leonard Cohen. I live life with passion and hope that this grant can provide an opportunity for one poet to take a further step in pursuing the passion that is poetry.
Best of luck,
Who might that benefactor be? Looks like it’s time to get out our pen and paper and, oh- what was that? Oh, you’re applying too? Oh I mean, that’s cool, whatever, you’ll probably win anyway. You’re the better poet. No, no, you are! You are!