Poetry Contest 2013

Poetry Theme: Love’s Eternal Melody


Submissions will be reviewed beginning on September 15, 2012, and must be postmarked no later than December 1, 2012. Only unpublished poetry (or with a printed circulation of less than 500) submissions will be considered. Please note that poetry submissions will not be returned. Poetry submissions must adhere to the following guidelines, and you may submit up to two poems: Times New Roman, size 12 font, white 8 ½ by 11 paper, black ink and appropriate spacing.

Poetry submissions must be typed and accompanied by a $15 reading fee, payable to: International Association of Sufism.

Submission Form

There will also be awards for the top three submissions: 1st place – $250, 2nd place – $100, 3rd place – $50.


The International Association of Sufism, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization of the United Nations, is calling for submissions of your unpublished works of poetry for consideration and entry into the first annual Songs of the Soul Poetry Contest. Songs of the Soul honors poets both published and unpublished for their awakening work that focuses on the meaning behind the word, elevates and transports and speaks with the heart-beating spark of life. Please join us in celebrating this unique and expressive art form.


Poets and mystics through the ages have served as instruments and voices of a sacred and natural wisdom that moves through the world. The rhythm and words that flow onto the page and dance into the ears of human beings, when aligned with this wisdom have often soothed and enlightened the souls of our ever emerging humanity. In the tradition of the great Sufi poets Rumi and Hafiz we are inviting the mystics and poets of our time to come and share and give voice to this unfolding wisdom.

Poetry finalists will be invited to the Songs of the Soul Poetry and Sacred Music Festival to be held at the Embassy Suites hotel in San Rafael, CA, on March 15-17, 2013. For poetry submission guidelines, further information or questions please feel free to call 415-472-6959.

We look forward to receiving your poetry submissions.


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