Poetry Contest

We are pleased to announce the winners, selected by the choir! These poems will be read during our upcoming concerts.

1. "So This is Yosemite" by Adam Zheleznyak
2. "Northern Lights over Greenland" by Anthony Martin
3. "Autumnal Passion" by Zen Kuriyama

Competition Details

Tactus announces a poetry competition for our upcoming concerts on the theme of "Journeys and Transformations" on August 18 and 19 in the San Francisco Bay Area! The top two entries will receive a first prize of $75 and second prize of $50.

Submission Guidelines
  1. All poems must be original works by the entrant. Submissions may have been previously performed in public, but must not have been published elsewhere. A certificate to this effect is required along with the submission (see Submission Checklist and Certification below).
  2. Poems can be rhyming or free-form, but must conform to our concert theme of "Journeys and Transformations". Details of the concert theme and the music are available on our website here.
  3. Poems in any language are welcome. If writing in a language other than English, please provide a translation.
  4. A maximum of one entry per poet.
  5. Three prize-winning entries will be selected by a committee comprising members of the choir for live performance on August 18 and 19 as part of the Tactus concert "Journeys and Transformations". The top two entries will receive prizes of $75 and $50, respectively. Tactus reserves the right to award fewer prizes than advertised, depending on the quality of submissions received.
  6. The authors of the winning entries will be invited to the concerts to perform the poems themselves. No reimbursement will be provided for travel associated with attending our concerts, but publicity for the authors will be offered via our website, tactus-sf.org, and our Facebook page, facebook.com/TactusSanFrancisco.
  7. Submission Deadline: 11.59 pm US Pacific Time on July 22, 2018
Submission Checklist
To submit a poem to our poetry contest, email a single PDF of your entry to tactussf@gmail.com by the deadline, comprising:
  1. Your poem
  2. Translation, if the poem is in a language other than English
  3. Certified statement that the submission is your original poem (text provided below).
  4. Optional: a reading of your poem (in mp3 or other compressed audio format). This is encouraged if your poem is in a language other than English. The reading will not be used in the performance directly.
Please include the following statement in the PDF at the end of your submission.

I agree to the terms of the Tactus poetry contest for "Journeys and Transformations". I hereby certify that my submitted entry is entirely my own work, and has not been previously published elsewhere. If my entry is selected, this poem may be read at the Tactus concerts on August 18 and 19, 2018.

For any queries, please contact the director, Tanmoy Laskar, at tactussf@gmail.com.