X.J. Kennedy Parody Award

$500 Prize

Final Judge: Eric McHenry

Deadline: September 30, 2017


1.  Submissions must be original, unpublished parodies of famous poems of any length and subject matter.

2. Parodies must be metrical (accentual-syllabic or accentual), though the original poems may be free verse.

3. Author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and name of poem being parodied should be typed on each entry.

4. Final judge for the 2017 contest will be Eric McHenry. The winning poem and several runners-up will be published in a 2018 issue of Measure.

5. Send up to three poems in one envelope (or in one MS Word file via our electronic submission system). Entry fee: $10 per three poems, checks payable to Measure Press, or you may pay electronically via PayPal. Writers may enter as many times as they’d like, but each group of three poems must be accompanied by a $10 fee.

6. Entries must be sent to the address below and postmarked no later than September 30, 2017. Enclose an SASE if you would like to be notified of the contest results. Entries cannot be returned.


Measure Parody Award
Department of Creative Writing
1800 Lincoln Avenue
Evansville, IN 47722



 Please note: These are the complete guidelines. Thank you.




X.J. Kennedy


Step 1: Pay Electronically

Step 2: Submit Poems