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One Contest, One Festival — Two Ways to Build the Beloved Community

Venus Thrash performs “Uncivil” at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2012.

Annual Poetry Contest

THEMES: Submissions should be in the spirit of Split This Rock: socially engaged poems, poems that reach beyond the self to connect with the larger community or world; poems of provocation and witness. This theme can be interpreted broadly and may include but is not limited to work addressing politics, economics, government, war, leadership; issues of identity (gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability, body image, immigration, heritage, etc.); community, civic engagement, education, activism; and poems about history, Americana, cultural icons. Visit the Past Poetry Contests page to read past winning poems if you are still unclear regarding themes.

Split This Rock subscribes to the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses Contest Code of Ethics. Read it online at our website.

ACCESSIBILITY: If Submittable is not accessible to you, please contact us at info@splitthisrock.org or (202) 787-5210 for instructions on how to email your submission to us. It is important that we know about your situation before receiving your mailed or emailed entry. Please allow sufficient time for your submission to be received.

Submission Guidelines:
Submissions need to be received by 11:59pm on November 1, 2015, Eastern Standard Time.

Submit up to 3 unpublished poems, no more than 6 pages total, no more than 1 poem per page, in any style, in the spirit of Split This Rock (see above). Visit Split This Rock’s Submittable page for instructions.

What we mean by “unpublished”: We accept only poems that have not yet been included in a publication with an ISBN number or online via a juried journal or website. If your poem is selected and it is posted on social media, we ask that you take it down prior to our publishing contest results.

More information and to submit is waiting for you at Submittable.

Festival

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2016 invites poets, activists, poetry lovers, and dreamers to Washington, DC, April 14-17, 2016 for four days of readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, activism—opportunities to speak out for justice, build connection and community, and celebrate the many ways poetry can act as an agent for social change. Split This Rock Poetry Festival is DC’s premiere poetry event and the only festival of its kind in the country, highlighting poets working at the intersection of the imagination and social change.

The poets to be featured are among the most significant and artistically vibrant writing and performing today: Jennifer Bartlett, Jan Beatty, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Regie Cabico, Dominique Christina, Nikky Finney, Ross Gay, Aracelis Girmay, Rigoberto González, Linda Hogan, Craig Santos Perez, and Ocean Vuong. Juan Felipe Herrera, newly appointed Poet Laureate of the United States, will kick off the festival with a special event at the Library of Congress on April 13, and will be part of this gathering of socially engaged poets from his new position as a national spokesperson for poetry. Registration will open in November. Group rates and scholarships will be available. Readings by featured poets will be free and open to the public. More information at: http://www.splitthisrock.org/programs/festival/2016-poetry-festival/.

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