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01 November, 2008

The Open Space – Harper Collins Poetry Contest 2008

This just in from Open Space. We wrote to the organisers expressing our reservations about the depth of info that their entry form requires — gender? occupation? — and the minimum age requirements. Hopefully, they will reconsider both. If they do, we'll update this post. If you have queries, or would like to add your voice to ours, please write to the email address provided.

Update (3rd November 2008): Open Space's Rakesh Ganguli tells us that there are a few changes in the entry form, which we have updated below. "Gender" and "Occupation" are now optional fields, but the lower age limit remains 18 years.

With poetry blogs and literary forums of an assorted variety proliferating online, poetry has finally found a public space. The aim of this Online Poetry Contest is to encourage the reading and writing of poetry as a literary activity and to promote the art of poetry, especially among the young.

1st prize – Rs 20,000
2nd prize – Rs 10,000
3rd prize – Rs 5,000

Keki Daruwala is a poet and a leading figure in Indian poetry in English. A recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award and Commonwealth Poetry Award, Keki N. Daruwalla has so far published about 12 books, consisting of mostly poems and a couple of fictional works. Some of his important works are Under Orion, The keeper of the dead, Landscapes, A summer of tigers and The minister for permanent unrest & other stories. He also edited Two decades of Indian poetry.
V.K.Karthika is the Chief Editor, HarperCollins Publishers India Ltd.
Priya Sarukkai Chabria is a poet and novelist, and Editor of the website Talking Poetry. Her second collection of poems Not Springtime Yet (HarperCollins) was recently released. She is at
C.P.Surendran is a poet, journalist and columnist. He has written four volumes of poetry: Gemini II, Posthumous Poems, Canaries on the Moon and Portraits of the Space We Occupy. His debut novel is titled An Iron Harvest.

The decision of the judges will be final.

Copyright for the shortlisted and winning poems will be shared by the poets, Open Space and Harper Collins. The top ten poems will be published online on Talking Poetry and the HCP site. All winners will be notified by email. The contest ends November 30th 2008 and all winners will be announced in January 2009.

How to enter:

1. Write a poem on the theme of ‘borders’ (interpret the subject broadly, as borders between people, countries and cultures). The poem may be up to 50 lines long, written in any style.
2. The competition is open to anyone above the age of 18 residing in India and writing in English.
3. The poem must be original and unpublished in any print or online forum.
4. A contribution of Rs.100 (one hundred only) is to be paid to participate in the contest. This contribution is payable by bank demand draft only.
5. Only one entry per individual will be accepted.
6. Each poem must be printed on one side of an A4 sheet.
7. Each page must be numbered and must include the title of the poem.
8. Please send two copies of your poem.
9. The competition will be judged ‘blind’. Please make sure your name appears only on the entry form printed below.

Send your poem, entry form and contribution to:
Open Space Poetry Contest
Centre for Communication and Development Studies
301, Kanchanjunga bldg.
Kanchan Lane,
Near Krishna Dining Hall,
Off Law College Road
Pune - 411004

Bank Demand Drafts to be drawn in favour of: Centre for Communication and Development Studies


* No copies of poems will be returned and no correspondence with judges can be entered into.
* Entries without the entry form and contribution will not be eligible for the contest.
* Email any queries about the contest to: However, NO entries will be entertained online. They must be sent in hard copy.
* Prizes are nontransferable.
* Poems submitted must not have been published previously in books or magazines and must be original to the person submitting them.
* The closing date to enter the contest is November 30, 2008.
* Winners will be announced in January 2009.



(On the theme of ‘Borders’)

Age Group: 18-25 (  ) 25-35 (  ) 35 & above (  )
Gender (optional):
Occupation (optional):
Postal Address:
Mobile no.:
Landline no.:
Bank D.D No.:
Drawn from Bank/City:

Title of your poem:

The Poem:


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Blogger Neha Gupta said...

Hi! Any idea when the results are going to be announced?

Neha Gupta

17 January, 2009 14:54  
Blogger tethered thoughts said...

hey ...jan is one whole long mnth...whats the date?

19 January, 2009 21:58  
Blogger zigzackly said...

Neha, tethered,

As it says up there, "Email any queries about the contest to:"

We just helped spread the word. We're not running the contest.

19 January, 2009 22:02  
Blogger tethered thoughts said...

the mails are bouncing back...what to do?

20 January, 2009 18:26  
Blogger Neha Gupta said...

I too sent a mail at Though it didn't bounce back, I still haven't received any reply so far. Just 10 more days, and January will graduate into February. When are they going to announce the results? :(

21 January, 2009 16:43  
Blogger Neha Gupta said...

Hey all! I just got a mail from Mr Rakesh from Open Space. He says we can expect the results by February 9. All the best to all the participants!

22 January, 2009 10:52  
Blogger priyzmmystic said...

Are the results out?

11 February, 2009 13:28  
Blogger pratap kaul said...

any update on the results? it is already mid-feb. please put up any updates here..

13 February, 2009 07:23  
Blogger tethered thoughts said...

hi all eagerly awaiting
got a mail from rakesh saying the results will be out by end specific date given though....

all the best to everyone...just dont develop ulcers:P

17 February, 2009 10:03  
Blogger ami said...

feb is ova...wen r d results gonna b announced???

06 March, 2009 19:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please let know about the Results

Rahul Sharma

Ping Blog

07 March, 2009 07:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

r they goin 2 announce d results at all?

10 March, 2009 19:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can Harper Collins associate itself with this ?

No one is doing anyone favors here since they asked for a 100 Rupee draft.

Either say that it is too much for us to organize competitions or stop wasting people's time.

11 March, 2009 10:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1st they said dat d results will b announced in jan, then postponed it to mid-feb, then end of fed, and then 1st week of march. dis is crazy. guess they r in no mood 2 declare d results.

11 March, 2009 15:14  
Blogger tethered thoughts said...

any suggestions? what can one do to nudge them into some action/reaction?

11 March, 2009 21:55  
Anonymous A Poet said...

Rakesh tells me that there are over 170 entries and that the judges are trying to co-ordinate despite their busy schedules. He tells me the new estimate is by the end of March.

12 March, 2009 23:15  
Blogger Neha Gupta said...

Give them some time, people! This is not the only thing they might be doing. Agreed that this waiting is a little unnerving, but posting rude comments is not going to help either. Let's wait till March end. All the best! :)

13 March, 2009 14:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, in these dark ages with no email and only drums to communicate with - judging 170 entries together will be tough.

Plus there is the security concern due to the Elections and IPL happening together. March End, going by past experience will not work out. Unless they mean March End 2010. Then we might have a chance.

Dont want to sound rude or anything, but I think I just did :)

I just hope someone from Open Space Reads this and realizes that they should get this deal done with by March End. Or atleast have the courtsey to write to the participants with a definite result date.

14 March, 2009 00:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any updates ?

27 March, 2009 10:42  
Blogger tethered thoughts said...

keep ur fingers crossed that they dont fail the deadline this time yet...

30 March, 2009 15:14  
Blogger Debolina said...

Well, today is the last ay of march. I got a letter saying that the results will be out end-march. I got a receipt for the 100 bucks as well. This is really irresponsible. Even mails sent to them are bouncing back!

They should atleast keep their website updated, which still says that the results will be out on the first week of march!!!

31 March, 2009 12:39  
Blogger Debolina said...

Any updates?

01 April, 2009 20:30  
Blogger tethered thoughts said...

no results...this is becoming biblical .....the waiting game i mean...

01 April, 2009 20:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why am I not surprised.

Maybe I should get married, father a couple of kids and ask them to check the results in 2015. For I dont feel like going to that irritating site again. Sick of staring at My Theatre is a political something link.

You know what the shame is ? Ultimately some one deserving will win, no doubt, but the way these jokers have handed the whole thing will take that shine away from the win.

Also, look at the way they have sent the letter. The results are expected to be delivered some time in the last week of March. "Sometime", like have you heard of calendars you dumb wits.

Open Space, the name describes them best.

01 April, 2009 22:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

results are out....

03 April, 2009 22:50  
Blogger ami said...

wer r d results put up?

21 April, 2009 18:57  
Blogger Neha Gupta said...

Here's the link:

22 April, 2009 13:17  

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