Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Split This Rock Poetry Contest

Here’s an announcement from DC’s Split This Rock poetry festival (again, a lot of lead time, so no excuses for missing this deadline!):

Split This Rock 2011
Fourth Annual Adult Poetry Contest

Benefits Split This Rock Poetry Festival - Washington, DC

$1,000 awarded for poems of provocation and witness
Jan Beatty, Judge

Submission Guidelines:

--Send up to 3 unpublished poems, no more than 6 pages total, in any style, in the spirit of Split This Rock (see below).

--Postmark Deadline: November 1, 2010

--Include one cover page containing your name, address, phone number, email, and the titles of your poems. (This is the only part of the submission that should contain your name.)

--Enclose a check or money order for $25 (made out to "Split This Rock") to:
Split This Rock Poetry Contest
1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

--Simultaneous submissions OK, but please notify us immediately if the poem is accepted elsewhere. For more information, info@splitthisrock.org.


First place $500; 2nd and 3rd place, $250 each. Winners will receive free festival registration, and the 1st-place winner will be invited to read the winning poem at Split This Rock Poetry Festival, 2012.

Winning poems will be published on http://www.splitthisrock.org/.

Reading fee of $25 supports Split This Rock Poetry Festival.

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.


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