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About the Contest
The 2016 Makeda Bilqis Literary Award for Poetry will be judged by the Director, Y. J. Yon and the Editors. The first place winner will receive $100.00. A picture of the winner along with the winning poem with be published on the Makeda Bilqis Literary Awards Website. The contest is open to poets living in the United States, writing at any stage in their career. We encourage students attending Colleges and/or Universities to participate.
The editorial staff of Makeda Bilqis Literary Awards will read and evaluate all entries. In consultation with the rest of the staff, Editorial Director, Y. J. Yon will make the final decision about the winning entry and any other poems to be accepted for publication on the website or the forth coming Makeda Bilqis Literary Review.
All writing must be creative, check spelling, grammar and punctuation. Judges/Editors will award the prize to the writer whose inspiration, goals, and focus meet the Makeda Bilqis Literary Awards standard. We seek the exceptional, the best writing we can find, whether by Pulitzer Prize-winners or Nobel laureates and or by little-known (even previously unpublished) writers. Every poet and writer will receive careful consideration. Writers retain all rights to their work. Thank you, we look forward to hearing from you. This will be our best season ever.
Guidelines for Submission
Makeda Bilqis Literary Awards will only accept submissions by mail for the contest dated September 16, 2016 – October 14, 2016. We are creating a process to accept submissions electronically, however; these things take time. In spite of it, we will continue to strive for excellence in this industry. No entries will be accepted after the post mark date: October 14, 2016.
Send all paper submissions to: Makeda Bilqis Literary Awards. All submissions must be accompanied by a postage-paid and self-addressed return envelope and a $12.00 entry fee. We require a (U.S. Postal money order only.) No personal checks of any kind will be accepted. No exceptions! If the writer does not follow our directions, all materials will be returned provided it doesn’t cost the contest any additional postage.
Submissions should be addressed to: The Editors
Makeda Bilqis Literary Awards
Post Office Box 622142
Orlando, Florida 32862-8402
• POETRY: Poets may submit a single poem, no more than 3 pages in length with a $12 entry fee, postmarked by October 14, 2016. Please submit two copies of your poem with one bio page. The bio should be attached to one copy of the poem. The bio page should include name, address, email address and a telephone number. Tell us if you are a student and where you are in your writing career. Poems submitted must be original, unpublished work of the submitting author and must be titled on both copies. No simultaneous submissions allowed. If the poem is long, it may be continued on the next page(s). The poem must be written in stanza format and singled spaced no matter how short it maybe.
• Use an easy-to-read font such as Times or Times Roman, and size 12 point font. A poet may enter more than one poem, but a separate $12.00 entry fee must accompany the other submission (s). Do not send hand written work. Translations are not eligible. All work must be written in English. Snail mail only post marked by October 14, 2016 is eligible to be considered for a prize. All poems are read blind. Strip your manuscript of all identifying material, excluding title page otherwise, the manuscript will not be considered.
• OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: Contest winners will be announced in the fall, November 4, 2016 on the website and by mail, and other social media cites to be announced. Checks will be mailed on the same date.
• More information on the website: www.makedabilqisliteraryawards.com
Upcoming Fiction Writing Contest to be announced soon!
Christmas Writing Contest! Details to be announced in the fall!
Poet of the month details and guidelines coming soon!
The tips and writing techniques are designed to help writers striving to become better at their craft. After reading the first chapter of "Writing The Breakout Novel by Donald Maass" this is what I recall as being the most powerful advise. I encourage you to read it, because it has proved to be one of the most helpful tools in the industry. What I enjoyed about it the most was, the quality of the material. It also helps writers at every stage in there careers.
By Yvonne J. Yon/Director
Writing Techniques for September/October
1. Make your characters larger than life, but realistic.
2. Make your characters do things you dream of doing.
3. Always strive to improve
4. Know your strengths and weaknesses
5. Fill your story with conflict
6. Make your characters express purpose and desire
7. We like poetry that rhymes, but please no foul language.
8. There must be plenty of action.
9. Your writing should be vivid.
10. WE like poetry that's wild with imagery.
"The contest is named for the Queen of Sheba because I adore her. Her reign in Ethiopia and visit to King Solomon made an overwhelming impact on Christianity, and because of this my personal life has changed. Of course, I first heard her story in the Bible. The beautiful, wealthy, virgin queen who captivated the heart of King Solomon. But I had always wanted to learn more. Throughout the years, I have not only read about her fame, but have also seen several movies which caused me to appreciate her story all the more."
Yvonne J. Yon/Director
"1. "And when the Queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions."
"2. "And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bear spices and very much gold, and precious stones. And when she was come to Solomon she communed with him of all that was in her heart."
1 Kings 10:10 adds:
"She gave the king 120 talents of gold, and of spices very great store and precious stones; there came no more such abundance of spices as these which the Queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon." King James Version
"We should pause to consider the staggering sight of this beautiful, Black woman and her vast array of resplendent attendants traveling over the Sahara desert into Israel with more than 797 camels plus donkeys and mules too numerous to count. The value of the gold alone, which she gave to King Solomon, would be $3,690,000 today and was of much greater worth in antiquity.
King Solomon, and undoubtedly the Jewish people, were flabbergasted by this great woman and her people. He took great pains to accommodate her every need. A special apartment was built for her lodging while she remained in his country. She was also provided with the best of food and eleven changes of garments daily.As so many African leaders before her, this young maiden, though impressed with the beauty of Solomon's temple and his thriving domain, had come to Israel seeking wisdom and the truth about the God of the Jewish people. Responding to her quest for knowledge, Solomon had a throne set up for the queen beside his. "It was covered with silken carpets, adorned with fringes of gold and silver, and studded with diamonds and pearls. From this she listened while he delivered judgments."(4)
Queen Makeda also accompanied Solomon throughout his kingdom. She
observed the wise, compassionate and spiritual ruler as he interacted
with his subjects in everyday affairs. Speaking of the value of her
visit with the King and her administration for him, Queen Makeda stated." Web Pg.
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