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.

More About the Founder & Editor-in-Chief

R.D. Bailey is the founder and editor-in-chief of Lyrical Passion Poetry E-zine. She holds a B.A. degree in creative writing from the Florida State University. Bailey's recent literary works appear in Burning Jade Literary and Arts Magazine, Haiku Page 10, Modern Haiku, The Haiku Hecameron: Gratitude in the Time of COVID-19, Analogies & Allegories Literary Magazine, The Signature Haiku Anthology: Including Senryu and Tanka, and Sublunary Review. You can find more of her writing at The Heron's Nest, The Nor'Easter, Simply Haiku, Moonbathing, Going Down Swinging, **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.

Bailey's literary works have won or received honorable mentions in the following writing and art competitions: 2019 Winner, Harold G. Henderson Haiku Awards; 2019 Tokusen (2nd Prize) Winner, 24th Intl. "KUSAMAKURA" Haiku Competition, Japan; 2019 Porad Haiku Contest, (Honorable Mention); 2019 OtherWordly Intergalactic Haiku Competition; 2017 Heron's Nest Illustration Contest (Spring Illustration); 3rd Place Winner - Mainichi Daily News Best of 2010 (October), Japan; 2010 Kaji Aso Haiku Contest (Honorable Mention); 2009 2nd Place Winner, Penumbra Haiku Contest; 2009 Satoyama Haiku Contest (Honorable Mention), Japan; 2009 With Words International Haiku Contest (Honorable Mention), UK; 2009 Snapshot Press, Haiku Calendar Competition (Runner Up, 2010 Calendar); 2009 Nyuusen(Third Prize) Winner, 14th Intl. "KUSAMAKURA" Haiku Competition, Japan; 2008 Snapshot Press, Haiku Calendar Competition (Runner Up, 2009 Calendar); 2008 Haiku Calendar Ludbreg Competition (Honorable Mention); 2007 Mainichi Daily News Haiku Contest, Japan; 2007, 7th Annual Chistell Writing Contest for Fiction; and 2007 Big Pond Rumour Contest for Fiction. Ms. Bailey is originally from St. Andrew parish near Kingston, Jamaica.


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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.

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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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