Rules for the 2015 Hofstra English Department Twitter Poetry Contest


  • Prizes will be $50 for the winner and $25 each for two other highly commended submissions.
  • Entrants may submit up to 3 poems of no more than 140 characters each. Each poem must be original work and should use slashes to indicate line breaks. Please be advised that normal Twitter rules apply; space, slashes, punctuation, and “#hofpoem” are included in the 140 character limit.
  • Entrants must be Hofstra undergraduates.  Winners must present a Hofstra ID in order to collect a prize.
  • Entrants must have a Twitter account and follow “@Hofstra_English” Do not start multiple Twitter accounts in order to exceed the maximum of 3 poems; according to the Twitter website, you may have all of your accounts suspended as a result.
  • Tweet your submission(s) to #hofpoem.
  • The contest deadline is Friday, March 20 at 5:00 pm.
  • You may be contacted by Twitter direct message regarding your submissions.
  • A panel of graduate students and faculty from Hofstra’s MFA in Creative Writing will judge submissions.
  • Winners will be announced by April 4, 2015 through Hofstra English Department social media accounts:
  • Questions may be directed to



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