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COLORADO … The Telluride Institute's Talking Gourds poetry program honors both Mark and Elaine Fischer this year with its 20th annual poetry contest – newly expanded from the Western U.S. to all 50 states.


Formerly the Mark Fischer Prize, the 2017 Fischer Prize invokes the memory of one of Telluride’s best-loved couples: the late poet, lawyer, skier and raconteur Mark Fischer and his late wife Elaine Cantor Fischer -- painter, champion of the arts, mayor and county commissioner.


The contest offers $3000 in prizes and travel allowances for the best poems by six finalists, as well as one grand prize winner. Awards will be presented at the Telluride Literary Arts Festival in Telluride, Colorado, May 19-23.


New or previously published poems are acceptable as entries, so long as the author retains the copyrights.


Last year international poet of Wage Peace fame Judyth Hill chose the winning entries. This year’s judge is Colorado Book Award winner and former Denver Poet Laureate Chris Ransick <>.


Deadline for submissions is April 22, 2017.


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