What Does It Take?
To Get Published:
To Be Nominated For A Peer Award:
The editor never participates in the monthly nomination process. He had his say in who would be published that month in the first place.
At the end of December the number of nominations for each poem are calculated. (It is worth noting that no poem has ever been published that did not receive at least one nomination from another poet other than its author.)
To Become A Peer Award Finalist:
The following criteria are applied to the poems with the largest number of nominations:
Do we still have a current email address for the nominee? If not, the poem is excluded.
Which poems received the most votes, compared to other poems, throughout the year? For instance, one poem may have out-shone the other poems in the month it was published but not have done as well compared to other poems in the rest of the months. In which case it may not be a finalist. Similarly, a poem that finishes second in nominations in a given month may well receive enough nominations, when compared to all the poems in all the months, to become a finalist.
If two different poems by the same author each have enough nominations to become finalists, the poem receiving fewer nominations is dropped from the list of finalists. Our feeling is that having two poems among the finalists unnecessarily dilutes an author's opportunity to win a Peer Award.
To break ties in completing the selection of finalists, we look at whether an author nominated his or her own poem that month. If they did not, we add a nomination to the poem's total.
To Win A Peer Award:
Either three or four awards are given every year, depending on the number of finalists and the number of authors participating in the selection process. To break ties in completing the selection of winners, we look at whether an author selected his or her own poem. If they did not, we add a selection vote to the poem's total.
To Win The Friend's Prize:
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