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What’s the $10,000 Poem Going to be?

By Harriet Staff

If you’re a poet looking for a job and you aren’t an anarchist, you might be interested in applying for this Craigslist gig.

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 (whisper.river@yahoo.com) 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!

More information to fuel awkward conversations with poets at Craigslist.org and Christian Science Monitor.

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Posted in Poetry News on Thursday, July 11th, 2013 by Harriet Staff.