The second annual Maine Postmark Poetry Contest is launched this year in conjunction with the sixth annual Belfast Poetry Festival, set for Oct. 15 and 16. Submissions are welcome until July 1; only submissions received with a Maine postmark dated July 1 or earlier will be accepted and read.

Last year, more than 300 poems were received from 160 poets across the state. Maine residents are invited to submit entries of up to two pages of poetry (one poem per page, so either two short poems or one longer poem); each entry must be accompanied by a $5 reading fee. Proceeds will be used to support the contest and festival. Maine residents may submit more than one entry, but each additional entry is an additional $5.

The Belfast Poetry Festival Committee will screen entries and forward finalists to judge Arielle Greenberg, who will choose the final winner. That winner will be invited to read the winning poem and be honored with a prize at the Belfast Poetry Festival in October.

Poet Greenberg is the co-author, with Rachel Zucker, of “Home/Birth: A Poemic” (1913 Press, forthcoming 2011); and author of “My Kafka Century” (Action Books, 2005), “Given” (Verse, 2002) and the chapbooks “Shake Her “(Dusie Kollektiv, 2009) and “Farther Down: Songs from the Allergy Trials” (New Michigan, 2003). She is co-editor of three anthologies: with Rachel Zucker, “Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days” (Iowa, 2010) and “Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections” (Iowa, 2008); and with Lara Glenum, “Gurlesque” (Saturnalia, 2010). Twice featured in “Best American Poetry” and the recipient of a MacDowell Colony fellowship, she is the founder/moderator of the poet-moms listserv and is an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago.

Poems should be sent without the poet’s name on the poem and accompanied by a cover letter listing the poet’s name, contact information (address, e-mail and phone) and the title of the poem(s) submitted, so that poems can be read anonymously. Cover letters need not include biographical information.  Poems sent without a cover letter will be disqualified. All poems must be original and previously unpublished. Poems will not be returned, so do not send originals or a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Entries – up to two pages and no more than two poems, accompanied by a cover letter with contact information and a check for $5 made out to the City of Belfast –  should be sent to Linda Buckmaster, Belfast Poet Laureate; Attn: Maine Postmark Poetry Contest; 12 Huntress Ave.; Belfast, ME 04915.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Garber at ewgarber@gmail.com.