ANNOUNCING: Yecheilyah’s 1st Annual Poetry Contest

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Hi, everybody! I am excited to share with you Yecheilyah’s First Annual POETRY Contest, right here on my blog. Read the instructions below, because you are going to love this!!

From Yecheilyah:

“It’s no secret I love poetry. In fact, my entrance into Indie Publishing began this way, with a collection of poems. I have been performing since High School and writing them since middle school. I’ve traveled to perform, entered contests, and have been filmed. Remember that you can listen to my poems and follow me on my new Soundcloud page HERE.”

“I have wanted to do this for a long time and Renaissance: The Nora White Story is the perfect excuse. In my upcoming release poetry plays a significant role. Nora meets such famous poets as Langston Hughes and even gets to recite a poem of her own. For this, to celebrate the release of book one in the series, I am hosting my very first poetry contest with some amazing prizes!”

The Theme

Since Renaissance follows the theme of The Harlem Renaissance and Black life in the South, poems should have something to do with these themes and can be as long or as short as you would like. The contest is open to all poets. Even if you don’t write poetry, why not try it? It will be fun.

The Poem

Submit one or two original, unpublished poems to Yecheilyah at yecheilyah ysrayl dot com ( between now through July 19, 2017. You will have until 12:00 midnight CST on 7/19 to get your poems in before closing.

Poems must be your ORIGINAL work and UNPUBLISHED anywhere online.

There is one winner of this contest with up to 2 entries per poet.

Entry Fee:

There is a $5.00 Entry fee. Click HERE to pay the fee.

OR – Entry fees can be waived by signing up for my email list HERE. There is no other way to waive the fee.

If you are already on my email list, please send me an email letting me know so I can know to waive your fee. Please address it: Poetry Contest.

Signing up for my email list represents one entry.

If you are entering more than one poem, you must pay the entry fee for any additional poems.

The Reason for the Fee:

The entry fee is in place to help pay for the prizes. At this time, we can only afford one Grand Prize Winner. However, YOU can change that. By sponsoring prizes or money to help pay for more prizes, we can have more winners. What a great time to put others before yourself!

Current Prizes

At this time, we have one Grand Prize Winner who will receive:

  • Poem published to The PBS Blog
  • Amazon Gift Card
  • Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • *From When I was a Black Girl by Yecheilyah Ysrayl
  • And Still, I Rise by Maya Angelou


*From When I was a Black Girl is my second collection of poetry. First published in 2012 with a second edition published in 2013, this book became a book of study at The Evergreen State College in Tacoma, Washington for the Fall 2014 semester. Part of an Independent Learning Contract, it remains part of the school’s files to this day. It is my honor to offer a paperback of this collection as a winning prize for this contest. This is an exclusive offer that you will not find on Amazon.

We will choose two runners up. Their poems will be published on this blog (Colleen’s Blog) leading up to the grand prize winner. (You can help the runners up to win prizes when you sponsor this contest).

International Shipping

Please note: Winners outside the U.S. will be awarded Kindle downloads of the books listed if someone overseas wins.


If you’re not into poetry, you can always help sponsor prizes for more winners. You can sponsor:

  • Amazon gift cards
  • Poetry Books

If you care to sponsor this contest, please inform me via email. Address it: Poetry Contest, and let me know what you are sponsoring and when you can have it in to us.

Final Thoughts:

The winner or winners will be announced on Monday, August 6, 2017, on this (Colleen’s) blog. 

(If you win, you will be notified a couple days before the announcement via email you have won and that an announcement will go out featuring you. This is so that we can collect your information, social links and links to any books you have out if any).

The Grand Prize Winner will have their poetry featured on The PBS Blog with added promotion. The date for this will be revealed to the poet after they have won.

To enter this contest, please send $5.00 to the PayPal of Literary Korner Publishing HERE.

To waive your fee, please sign-up to my (EC) email list HERE.(Verification of sign-up will be reviewed before poem is accepted).

Send your poem to Yecheilyah

Your Judges

This contest is being judged by three amazing women, all of whom are powerful writers:

Colleen Chesebro

Colleen Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, released in January 2017, is a YA fantasy series is called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy.” The novel reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to belong to a family.  Colleen lives in the United States with her husband, and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her original stories on her website at

Lisa W. Tetting

Lisa W. Tetting is the author of the novel, The Mistreatment of Zora Langston, and creator of Rebirthoflisa, her personal blog. She is a former call center supervisor, who, after much thought and angst, decided to change her life by living her dream. She grew up in a small town in North Carolina and loves that she is a Southern Girl. She has been happily married to her wonderful husband for 17 years, and they currently reside in Greenville, SC. Her latest poetry can be found in the anthology When Queens Speak. Lisa’s favorite writers include Maya Angelou, Octavia Butler, Zora Neale Hurston, and Edgar Allan Poe.

Yecheilyah Ysrayl

Yecheilyah has been writing and performing poetry for over 15 years. In 2010, she published her first collection of poetry and went on to perform in States that include, but not limited to, Jamestown, Virginia, Orlando Florida, and Shreveport, Louisiana. Yecheilyah grew up on the South Side of Chicago, IL, loves children, enjoys red wine and movie nights with her husband. The author of three collections of Poetry, you can find her poems on The PBS Blog at and Soundcloud at Yecheilyah is also a Fiction writer. For more information, be sure to visit her on the web at

Wrap Up

Terms and Conditions.

The contest runs through Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The contest will close promptly at 12:00 am Central Standard Time on July 19, 2017.

Winners will be notified via email that they have won and an announcement will go out August 6, 2017.

Poems can be as long or short as the poet wishes. The poem must surround the theme of The Harlem Renaissance or Black Family life in general. The poem must be the poet’s original work and unpublished anywhere online, including his/her blog.

Currently, there is one Grand Prize Winner, but you can change that by sponsoring this contest either by purchasing the prizes and shipping them or donating funds.

Entry fee for the contest is 5.00 per poet payable to the Literary Korner Publishing PayPal address HERE.

Entry fees are to help pay for the prizes for the winners. You can waive your fee by signing up to Yecheilyah’s email address HERE.

Up to 2 poems may be submitted per poet. Waived fees cover one submission per poet. All additional submissions must include an entry fee.

Winners outside the U.S. will be awarded Kindle downloads of the books listed if someone overseas wins.

Send poems to Yecheilyah at yecheilyah ysrayl dot com (

This contest is inspired by the release of book one in The Nora White Story which features poetry.


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