Prize in Southern Poetry | Calling all Southern Poets! In a continuing celebration of Southern culture and arts, WOKC invites poets from across the South to explore the depths of Shared Spirit this Valentine's Day. Poems will be evaluated and judged by a university professor, and the winning poem on the theme of Shared Spirit will receive a $1,500 prize and their poem will feature on our Valentine's Day menu. Rules for Submission: 1. The contest is open to all poets who currently reside in and have had residency in one of the following states for a minimum of 12 consecutive months: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia. (Residency will be verified before prize winner is announced.) 2. Writers who have published 2 or more full-length collections of poetry or who do not meet the residency requirements are NOT eligible 3. Translations and manuscripts in languages other than English are not acceptable, however manuscripts that occasionally use words from other languages are perfectly fine 4. All poems submitted will become the property of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails and can be published without further approval of author 5. Poems must be received by WOKC no later than Friday, February 7, 2020 6. The submitted poems will not be returned 7. No entry fee required 8. Poem Guidelines: - Only one submission per author - 40-line limit - Must be on the topic of "SHARED SPIRIT" - Poem must be typed (single-spaced) - Author must include name, address, phone number, email address, word count, and manuscript title on the submitted poem 9. Poems must be submitted by email to 10. No revisions of submitted manuscripts will be allowed during the contest 11. The winner will be announced on Friday, February 14, 2020 and contacted prior to discuss delivery of the $1,500 payment prize