The Beauty of Birth Contest

Last year, we asked our community to submit their inspiring and empowering birth stories with us.  This year, we are looking for entries of other mediums that illustrate the “Beauty of Birth”.

You may enter a short prose essay, poetry, art, or photo that has to do with pregnancy, childbirth, or early motherhood. There is no entry fee & awards will be given to selected entries (awards to be announced at a later date.) Winners will be announced at our Annual Birth Circle Birthday Bash in June.

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Alternatively, you may submit your entry via email to

All The Details

Poetry & Prose Guidelines

All poems must be original work

Written poetry must be either typed (preferred) or legibly written in ink (pencil does not photocopy); ASL poetry must be submitted in video format. Handwritten poems (ex. hand written calligraphy) may be entered in the poetry OR artwork category.

Poems should not exceed 32 lines in length (written) or 3 minutes (signed).
Short prose essays must not exceed 500 words and may be fiction, non-fiction, or memoir.

Your name & contact info must be included with your entry for awards to be given, though you are welcome to submit anonymously if you would like. For ASL poetry, please include a brief written summary of the poem’s content.

We accept poems in English and American Sign Language only.

Artwork guidelines

All artwork must be original work. High quality scanned reproduction, digital art, photographs, and photographs of original art are accepted.

Digital entries must be high resolution images. Original media are suggestions are paint, pencil, markers, ink, crayon, chalk or pastel (fixed), photography, cloth, collage, woodcuts, linoleum block prints, silk screen, monoprints, lithographs and computer art.

Your name & contact info must be included with your entry for awards to be given, though you are welcome to submit anonymously if you would like.

Original art entries are encouraged to be brought to the Birth Circle Bash for display on the day of the event.


All entries must be submitted by June 10, 2016.

We are not responsible for entries that are late or lost in the mail. Entries received after the deadline may still be used for display but may not be included in evaluation for awards.

General Rules & Disclaimers:

Submissions become property of Doulas of the Red River Valley. Through submission of poetry or artwork, contestants grant nonexclusive reproduction and publication rights to the works submitted. You are also welcome to bring original artwork to display at the Birth Circle Birthday bash on June 28 at 7pm.