The Doug Draime Prize for Poetry


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A FLOWER FOR YOU
ON SAVAGE CREEK ROAD
for Lori
Mornings are the perfect time,
watching you place
flowers around the house
in tiny delicate vases
Oregon has done wonders for
you!
But let’s not call it
Oregon,
let’s call it Eden and dream
a bit.
The tulips still bloom fully
after four days.
And the scent of the dark blue
wild flower never fades
from the house
(Reprinted posthumously with permission of Carol and Aaron Draime)
DOUG DRAIME was referred to as A Poet’s Poet! He was a Poet, Short Story Writer, and Playwright. Author of sixteen collections of poetry. Born and raised in Vincennes, Indiana, Doug Draime’s first published works appeared in the 1960’s. His poems, short stories and plays continue to be published in a wide range of magazines, newspapers, collections, broadsides and on-line journals. Draime began writing as a teenager in Vincennes, then moved to Chicago where he studied philosophy and creative writing at Chicago University, and theater at the Fine Arts Academy. A wartime draftee, he served for two years in the US army infantry during the Vietnam War, becoming active in the anti-war movement when he moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 1967 after his discharge. He studied film and anthropology at Los Angeles City College on the G.I. Bill, and briefly pursued a career as an actor before becoming an integral part of the Los Angeles literary community. In 1981 he re-located to Ashland, Oregon, working for the Ashland Unified School District as a Special Education Assistant until his retirement in 2005. He was a recipient of PEN grants, in 1987, 1991 and 1992. He leaves behind two sons, Aaron and Shawn Draime, while living in Oregon he met and married Carol Draime, and the two of them lived together in Ashland until his death in 2015. His poems will make you laugh, his poems will make you cry, and if you let them his poems can even help liberate you!
GUIDELINES (NOT RULES
  1. The winning poem will receive a $200 award.
  2. 5 additional poems will receive $25 honorable mention awards.
  3. 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. https://therawartreview.com/featured-artist-pages-all-art-forms/ .
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. TYPOS – we understand it is difficult to catch all typos. NOTE: we will presume a typo 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.
  7. Review of poems is blind. Please do not put your name or any other identifying information on your pages.
  8. 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.
  9. Editors are prohibited from rejecting a poem on first read. All poems get at least 2 reads before a decision is made.
  10. 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.
  11. 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”.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 3 poems per entry. Multiple submission entries are fine but the fee applies to each additional submission of up to 3 poems.
  15. We accept Word and PDF formats. We prefer Word Format.
  16. Simultaneous submission is fine.
  17. Previously published poems are eligible provided the submitter owns the rights to republish. We are happy to recognize the original publisher upon your request.
  18. Submission Deadline is January 31, 2020.
  19. 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 1 week or less.
  20. You must use Submittable for submissions


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