QUESTION: If you receive entries for emerging writers poetry with the category but not the word count in the upper right of the page are the entries discarded? Since it was any form up to four pages I didn't include word count since the entries were such a low word count. Thanks.
ANSWER: Entries are never discarded. We take the fact that people pay their hard earned money to enter the contest very seriously, so if there's ever an issue that would prevent an entry from being eligible we do everything we can to work with the author to get it into eligibility shape.
Your logic on the word count is spot on. Poetry doesn't really need a word count. Mostly the word count rule applies to prose entries, where it matters. Poetry only has a line limit for short poetry and a page limit for long poetry.