2013 Rhubarb Poetry Contest

Deadline: March 31, 2014
Entry fee: $30.00 for two poems, $50.00 for four.

We are looking for poems written in the visionary spirit of Anabaptist Moravian modernist poet H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)’s portrait of the divine Lady in White, who comes to inspire the people, in her prophetic long poem Trilogy:

“…she wasn’t hieratic, she wasn’t frozen,
she wasn’t very tall…

she carries a book but it is not
the tome of the ancient wisdom,

the pages, I imagine, are the blank pages
of the unwritten volume of the new

…she is Psyche, the butterfly,
out of the cocoon.”
(“The Walls Do Not Fall”)

God knows we need the divine Lady in White to inspire us these days, when we are reeling from the very bad press recently given to the Mennonite community in Canada and in Bolivia, particularly with regard to recently exposed pervasive patterns of sexual and punitive violence against women and children, and publicly expressed attitudes of homophobia and misogyny. Please send poems that envision wide scale transformation of our domestically abusive community Gestalt, through large and small negotiations in the love direction, as Miriam Toews’s Nomi Nickel would say.


PRIZE $500.00 paid on publication. Judge may chose honourable mention(s) for publication in the print magazine or on the website at the usual rates of $50.00 and $25.00 respectively.

Deadline: March 31, 2014. Decision by June 16, 2014. Publication: Fall 2014.

Entry fees; $30 for two poems, $50.00 for four.
(includes one-year three issue subscription) by PayPal, or send cheque made out to Mennonite Literary Society to:
Rhubarb Essay Contest, 606-100 Arthur Street Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 1H3.

Number of Poems
Author of the poems

Judges reserve the right not to choose a winner if no submissions meet Rhubarb’s publishing standards.

Format: Word, RTF, or OpenOffice (no MacApple, please) attachments to email preferred. Submit to: [email protected] Author’s name withheld on submitted poems. Original, unpublished, and not submitted elsewhere.

Send with a cover sheet identifying it as Rhubarb Essay Contest Entry, including name, email address, mailing address, and a short biography. These will not be forwarded to the judge. Decision will be announced here, on www.rhubarbmag.com in July 2014.

Eligibility: Anyone writing in English on any subject having paid the entry fee.