Miriam Levine / Photo by Stanley RowinMiriam Levine

Bring your poems out of the darkness and into the light of day, Arlington.

"It's time to recognize those writers who may or may not have been published, those that have been stashing poems away in a drawer or notebook or those who have begun writing again after being blocked," says Miriam Levine, in her second year as Arlington poet laureate who will administer but not judge the contest.

"Preparing work for submission is an opportunity to improve it," she adds. The deadline is Monday, Oct. 17.

Susan Donnelly of Arlington, a widely published poet, will judge the contest. All entries will be judged anonymously. Levine, an Arlington resident for more than 40 years, looks forward to reading with the winners at an event open to the public.

First prize brings $100, second $75 and third $50.

Here are the guidelines:

Open only to Arlington residents.

Submissions should be postmarked no later than Monday, Oct. 17, 2016.

Poems must have been unpublished in print and online in websites and blogs.

Submit no more than three poems.

Previous prize winners are not eligible.

Submissions should be typed in single space on white paper, at least 12-point font.

The author's name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. The poems will be judged anonymously.

A cover letter should be included with name, contact information, telephone number, email address, street address and titles of poems.

Winners will be invited to read at an event open to the public.

Results will be announced in November.

Only poems should be submitted, no photographs or artwork.

Mail poems with cover letter to:

Arlington Poetry Prizes
c/o John Lane
26A Academy St.
Arlington, MA 02476

Sept. 20, 2015: Listen in as our poet laureate conducts a class

July 14, 2015: Town's first poet laureate introduced in her own words

This announcement was published Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016.