New Contest – The Mirabai Prize for Poetry

Why Mira Can’t Come Back to Her Old House

The colors of the Dark One have penetrated Mira’s body; all the other colors washed out.

Making love with the Dark One and eating little, those are my pearls and my carnelians.

Meditation beads and the forehead streak, those are my scarves and my rings.

That’s enough feminine wiles for me. My teacher taught me this.

Approve me or disapprove me: I praise the Mountain Energy night and day.

I take the path that ecstatic human beings have taken for centuries.

I don’t steal money, I don’t hit anyone. What will you charge me with?

I have felt the swaying of the elephant’s shoulders; and now you want me to climb on a jackass?

Try to be serious

“The continued influence of Meera, in part, has been her message of freedom, her resolve and right to pursue her devotion to deity Krishna and her spiritual beliefs as she felt drawn to despite her persecution. Her appeal and influence in Indian culture, writes Edwin Bryant, is from her emerging, through her legends and poems, as a person “who stands up for what is right and suffers bitterly for holding fast to her convictions, as other men and women have”, yet she does so with a language of love, with words painting the “full range of emotions that mark love, whether between human beings or between human and divine”

Edwin Bryant (2007), Krishna: A Sourcebook, Oxford University Press, ISBN978-0195148923, page 245


  1. The winning poem will receive a $200 award and will be announced on the home page of the RAR website.
  2. 5 additional poems will receive $25 runner-up awards and will be announced on the home page of the RAR website.
  3. Honorable mention poems will be announced on the home page of the RAR Website.
  4. The Contest Winner will be presented on the RAR home page as a Featured Writer and will be given a featured artist page that will include up to 25 poems. .
  5. There are no rules of form and content. The sole criteria for selecting a winner is the power of the emotional/psychological/spiritual impact on editors reading the poem.
  6. There are no particular trade-craft requirements. Single or double space, left-center-right justification, long lines/short lines, standard use of punctuation or not, etc.
  7. TYPOS – we understand it is difficult to catch all typos. NOTE: we will presume an “error” is volitional, so for the purpose of maintaining your intent for the poem it is in your best interest to review carefully, get help from other readers, etc.
  8. Review of poems is blind. Please do not put your name or any other identifying information on your pages.
  9. No BIO needed at this time. You can use the cover letter space provided on the submission form to discuss your poem or skip the cover letter entirely. What you write as a cover letter will have no bearing on selection for the prize. The cover letter will only be read after selections are made. We love reading your cover letters though – please feel free to expound.
  10. Editors are prohibited from rejecting a poem on first read. All poems get at least 2 reads before a decision is made.
  11. Editors assume you are smarter than we are. We will strive to understand your intention ; stay open-minded and try to avoid imposing our presumptions on your work.
  12. We will never use irresponsible and self-aggrandizing language to describe your work like “purple writing” or “cliche”, or “your center justification is a gimmick”.
  13. We will accept poems on a revolving basis during the submission period as blog posts on The Raw Art Review’s front page and for inclusion in The Raw Art Review’s next journal volume. This first “acceptance” will include the writer’s work on the short-list for the contest winner.
  14. We value the slush pile. (Not a derogatory term among our editors). With your permission, a poem that is declined may be returned to the slush pile for future consideration.
  15. 3 poems per entry. Multiple submission entries are fine but the fee applies to each additional submission of up to 3 poems.
  16. We accept Word and PDF formats. We prefer Word Format.
  17. Simultaneous submission is fine.
  18. Previously published poems are eligible provided the submitter owns the rights to re-publish. We are happy to recognize the original publisher upon your request.
  19. Submission Deadline is NOVEMBER 15, 2020.
  20. Submission fee is $15. We are offering an expedite add-on fee of $5 with selection to the shortlist for the prize and acceptance for publication in The Raw Art Review completed in 2 weeks or less.
  21. You must use Submittable for submissions

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