Submission Guidelines:

  1. You must have an account on (“Vocal”) to enter the contest. 
  2. Your poem must be in English.
  3. Your poem must be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 600 words. Anything under or over that range will be disqualified.
  4. You must be a U.S. citizen and current U.S. resident over the age of 18 at time of entry.
  5. You can submit as many times as you want, as long as your submissions meet the contest guidelines as well as the Vocal guidelines, found here:
  6. Your poem must be original and created by you.
  7. Your poem must be tagged #VocalNPM in in the subtitle of your submission.

In order to submit, please create a free account at Complete your author profile via “Settings”, then choose “Create Story” to begin writing. Once complete, choose “Submit”, select Poets as the site and select your applicable tag. 

After you have successfully submitted your Poets In Motion story, it will be sent to the Vocal moderators. If your story needs any updates or does not meet quality standards or the submission guidelines, the story will be sent back to you for edits.

If your story is approved, your submission will appear in the Poets in Motion Contest collection. 

The winner will be notified via the email associated with their Vocal account.

All work posted to the site by members is the sole responsibility of the submitting person. Entrants are entirely responsible for all of their content submitted in the contest or otherwise posted from their Vocal account. Vocal reserves the right to declare any entries ineligible if it determines, in its sole discretion, that any such entry is not in accordance with the stated terms of the Community Guidelines. All entries shall be subject to the Vocal Terms of Use and Privacy Policy


Contest Period: The contest begins 12:00 a.m. ET on April 1, 2019 and ends at 12:00 p.m ET on April 22, 2019. A winner will be announced on or before April 30, 2019.

Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number and content of eligible entries received.

Selection Criteria: The Vocal editorial staff is looking for the most creative, powerful, and original poetry inspired by the concept of movement. Preference will be given to poems that have an innovative structure or adhere to traditional poetic form, creative use of language, and sentiment or evocation, all as determined by the Vocal editorial staff in its sole but reasonable discretion.

Rankings and Winner Selection: There will be one grand prize winner and three runner ups; all winners will be paired with a designer who will create a piece of unique art including and inspired by their poems, which will be shared on Vocal's social media. One grand prize winner will receive their own piece of custom art from one of these designers, plus a $500 Visa gift card. The moderation staff of Vocal will choose the winning entry in their sole discretion, based on the selection criteria. All editorial decisions and procedures relating to this Contest are final.

No transfer or substitution of prizes permitted. Where permitted by law, by accepting a prize, each winner agrees to the printing, publication, broadcasting, distributing, and release of his/her name, pen name, likeness, photograph and city and state of residence for potential promotional purposes in any media worldwide, without further payment or consideration or, notice, review, or consent.

The Prize: Taxes: The contest winner will receive a pre-paid Visa gift card for $500 and will have their story featured on Vocal’s Instagram; the contest runner ups (3) will also be featured on Vocal’s Instagram. All federal, state, and local taxes are solely the responsibility of the winner.

Eligibility: Void where prohibited by law or regulation. Contest is not open to employees and their families (spouses, parents, children/siblings and their respective spouses, and those living in the same household) of Vocal or Jerrick Media Holdings Inc (“Jerrick”), or their affiliates, advertising or production agencies. Entrants consent to the use of their registration information in accordance with the Vocal Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Any entries that are currently or have previously been published or protected by a copyright, trademark, or other proprietary right other than the entrant’s may be entered, with the permission of the publisher or copyright holder, only. Entries must be original and conceived and created entirely by the entrant. Vocal may prohibit any entrant from participating in this Contest or any future promotion if, in the sole opinion of Vocal such entrant (i) has tampered with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or website, (ii) repeatedly shows a disregard for the rules, or (iii) acts (a) in an unsportsmanlike manner, (b) with an intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass the Vocal or any other entrant, or (c) in any other disruptive manner. Entrants must be a Vocal Creator of site, as appropriate, in good standing as of the end of each segment of the Contest period to be eligible to win. The Contest may be terminated at any time after its commencement without prior notice; however if such termination should occur, all prizes will be awarded to winners according to the rankings of the editorial staff. All applicable federal, state and local laws apply. 

Agreement to Rules: By participating in the contest, the entrant agrees to be fully unconditionally bound by these Official Rules, and represents and warrants that entrant meets the eligibility requirements. In addition, entrant agrees to accept the decisions of Vocal and acknowledges that the decision of Vocal is final and binding. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of these Official Rules. In the event that any provision of these Official Rules is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. 

Limitation of Liability: By entering, entrant agrees to release Vocal and Jerrick Media Holdings Inc, and their respective  subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the contest and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the contest; (v) electronic or human error in the administration of the contest or the processing and selection of entries. Vocal reserves the right to terminate or modify the contest if fraud or technical failures compromise the integrity of the contest as determined by Vocal in its sole discretion. In such case, Vocal may select the winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Vocal.  Vocal reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the contest or website or violates the contest rules. EACH PRIZE IS AWARDED “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES EXCEPT FOR ANY “IN THE BOX” WARRANTY THAT MAY BE PROVIDED WITH SUCH PRIZE.

Release of Social Media companies: This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat.  You understand that your participation in the contest is with Vocal, and not Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat, and that you are providing information to Vocal.  Any disclosure you make in connection with the contest is to Vocal and their respective affiliates, and not to any other party, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat.  Facebook Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are released from any obligation or liability in connection with the contest.

 Disputes: This contest is governed by the laws of the State of New Jersey, without regard to conflict of laws doctrines. 

ARBITRATION NOTICE AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER: TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, DISPUTES BETWEEN YOU AND VOCAL OR JERRICK WILL BE RESOLVED BY BINDING, INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION AND YOU WAIVE YOUR RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT OR CLASS-WIDE ARBITRATION AND FURTHER WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL. In any such dispute, under no circumstances shall entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this contest). Entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

Winners List: For a list of winners or a copy of these rules, mail your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to NPM Contest Winners List, 2050 Center Ave Suite 640, Fort Lee, NJ 07605, except for residents of states which prohibit a requirement that the envelope be stamped, in which case no stamp is required. Requests must be received no later than 5/29/2019. Winners will also be posted on Vocal’s site and social channels.

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