Jamaica's National Bird

The "Doctor Bird" (Trochilus polytmus) lives only in Jamaica and is one of the most outstanding of all the species of Humming Birds. The feathers of the Doctor Bird are beautifully iridescent, a characteristic peculiar to this family.

About the Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Originally from St. Andrew, Jamaica, Raquel D. Bailey is a member of the Western Australia Poets, Inc., she serves as a governance professional at a national organization. She enjoys writing short fiction, Japanese short form poetry, creative nonfiction and song lyrics.

Raquel earned her B.A. degree at Florida State University. Her literary works appear in The Heron's Nest, The Nor'Easter, Simply Haiku, Moonbathing, Going Down Swinging, Modern Haiku, **Ribbons, Long Story Short, Mayfly, Frogpond, Asahi Haikuist Network, The Aurorean, (EPN) Electronic Poetry Network, Shamrock, **Atlas Poetica, Wisteria, **Modern English Tanka, Chrysanthemum, The Smoking Poet, Other Poetry, Haiku "Montage: 'Juneteenth'", The Tallahassee Democrat, **Red Lights, Taj Mahal Review, Presence, Mainichi Daily News, Magnapoets, Haiku Creatrix, Notes from the Gean, World Haiku Review, Cider Press Review, Montage: The Book, Anthology of Walking Haiku, and the Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka, Volume Two (2009 & 2010) Anthologies.

Raquel's literary works have placed or received honorable mentions in the following competitions: 3rd Place - Mainichi Daily News Best of 2010 (October) , Kaji Aso Haiku Contest (2010), 2nd Place Winner, Penumbra Haiku Contest (2009), Satoyama Haiku Contest, Japan(2009) , With Words International Haiku Contest (UK), Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar Competition (2009). 3rd Place - International "KUSAMAKURA" Haiku Competition (2009). Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar Competition (2008), The Haiku Calendar Ludbreg Competition (2008), Mainichi Daily News Haiku Contest (2007), 7th Annual Chistell Writing Contest for Fiction (2007) Big Pond Rumour Contest for Fiction (2007) and The 2017 Heron's Nest Illustration Contest.



All submissions and payments must be postmarked by the contest deadline to qualify. Writers do not have to have a paypal account to make online payments for their contest entries.

Upon entering any of our poetry competitions, you are confirming that you have read and agree to our rules and guidelines. You are also confirming that you are submitting your own original and exclusive work. We will not accept work simultaneously entered in other competitions or publications. If we find that any entrant does not comply with our rules, they will be disqualified and will no longer be welcomed to submit to any of our writing contests.

Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine acquires first rights and electronic rights for all works published. Rights revert back to the author upon publication. Please include first publication acknowledgments to Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine in subsequent publications.

If we decide to print hard copies of your work, you will be notified and we will request reprint rights.


If you have questions, please contact:

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Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine reserves the right to extend or discontinue any contest in the unlikely event that insufficient entries are obtained and refunds will be processed expeditiously. Lyrical Passion Poetry E-zine also reserves the right to lower prize payouts in the event that an insufficient amount of entries are obtained.  All other payments are nonrefundable.

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