Unlike two years ago, unlike less wonderful poetry contests, We Have A $1000 first place prize. Here’s the latest from Will, our superb managing editor:

Potomac Review is changing the Poetry Contest First Prize money from $500 to $1,000! We searched the crevices of our couches and cars, pushed the change return on all vending machines we walked by, and did some experimental highway panhandling at the juncture of I-495 and I-295, and now you can win our biggest poetry prize ever with one ridiculously good poem! Everything else remains the same about our prizes. Second Prize and Third Prize are still $250 and $125, and the entry fee is $18. Send up to 3 unpublished poems (5 pages max). All entrants receive a one-year (2 issues) subscription to Potomac Review. Deadline is February 1st.

We are also offering one more wrinkle to our contests: you can submit your poems electronically. Under the genre on our online submission via our website, choose “contest.” You will still have to send us the entry fee in the mail to be considered for the prize contest. Check our website for guidelines. The final judge will be Nancy Naomi Carlson, an editor for Tupelo Press and an instructor at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda.

online submission is at www.montgomerycollege.edu/potomacreview and click on electronically.