Shahid Ali’s Birthday Ghazal Contest

UPDATE 2016 Winners:  We’re very happy to announce that Margo Berdeshevsky has won our first contest with her memorable ghazal “Hear Me.” Vince Gotera’s wonderful “Aswang Ghazal”: Santiago’s Confession” is our esteemed runner-up. Thanks to all entrants! We look forward to your participation in upcoming contest devoted to the bop, which will judged by the form’s creator, Afaa Michael Weaver, whom we’re thrilled to have on board.


GHAZAL POETRY CONTEST: in honor of the birthday of Agha Shahid Ali, Poetcraft Magazine will be holding a contest for the best ghazal. Preference will be given to ghazals written according to the traditional rules of the form: poems with a rhyming sound (quaafiya) preceding the repeating refrain (radif). Ghazals must be submitted by current members of Poetcraft Circles community and must be submitted in the body of an email to by midnight on Shahid Ali’s birthday, Feb. 4, 2016.

The winning poem will be published in Poetcraft Magazine, and the winner will also receive a year’s membership in Poetcraft Circles.

This contest is open to members of Poetcraft Circles. Memberships cost $9 for a month’s membership and are available here:

We look forward to seeing your ghazals!