Going to NoirCon 2014? Here’s a preview…

NoirCon Sponsors First Noir Poetry Contest — Cash Prizes!!

What is Noir Poetry?

Poetry is (1) Poetry that makes reference to the subject matter, dialog or style of film noir or the hard-boiled detective genre, or, (2) Poetry that invokes stark urban landscapes and atmosphere, and which either alludes to crime and perilous attachments or else seems to bear dark knowledge of this territory, or (3) Poetry that tells the story of tortured souls—lovers, psychopaths, obsessives—driven down deadly paths, following desperate plans that are doomed to failure.

What to Submit

Your entry should be your own original work. You must be the poet of the submitted
work(s). Entries must be original and unpublished works (either in print or on-line). Submitted poems should concern the subject of Noir Poetry and not exceed 2000 words.

English Language

Poets of all nations may enter. However, the poems you submit should be in English. If you have written a poem in another language, you may translate your poem into English and submit the translation.

Prizes and Publication

First prize: $250
and a copy of the printed program with the winning poem to be read at the NoirCon 2012 Award Dinner on November 9th, 2012.

Second prize: $150
and a printed program.

There will also be eight Most Highly Commended Awards winners. They will receive a copy of the NoirCon 2012 printed program and official NoirCon buttons. The top 10 entries will be published in the NoirCon 2012 printed program. The judge of the winning poem will be Robert Polito, Professor of Writing at The New School, New York City, New York.

Entry Fee

The fee is $15 for 1 to 3 original, unpublished poems dealing with Noir. Entry fees
are not refundable. Entries will be accepted up until March 2, 2012 (postmark


March 2nd, 2012.
Your entry must be postmarked by this date.

How To Submit

Send poems to: NoirCon 2012 Poetry Contest, c/o Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1325. All entries must be postmarked by March 2, 2012. Omit author’s name on manuscript and include a cover sheet with name, address, phone, and e-mail. Cash or checks (made out to Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1325) should accompany poetry submission.

 Announcement of Winners

The winners of the first NoirCon Poetry contest will be announced the week of NoirCon 2012, November 8th, 2012. Entrants with valid email addresses will receive an email notification.


If your entry is selected for publication in the NoirCon printed program, you give NoirCon 2012 a nonexclusive license to publish your work in our publication. You may accept or decline this invitation as you choose. Your entry will not be published in print without your consent, and you retain all rights to your work.

Contact Information

NoirCon 2012 c/o Society Hill Playhouse, 507 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA
19147-1325, (215) 923-0210.

noircon@gmail.com • Visit: www.noircon.info for NoirCon 2012 updates

(1) and (2) definition by The Los Angeles Poetry Festival “Noir Corridor”