Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Contest Deadline Extended to March 23 - Send those poems!

New Deadline for 2009 Split This Rock Poetry Contest: March 23

$1,000 awarded for poems of provocation & witness
Patricia Smith, Judge
NEW Postmark Deadline: March 23, 2009
We've extended the deadline for the 2nd annual Split This Rock poetry contest, to be judged by poet and National Book Award finalist Patricia Smith.
So, if you missed the original deadline, don't panic - just send those poems! And please help us spread the word by posting this notice widely. Thanks!

First place receives $500; 2nd and 3rd place, $250 each.

Winning poems will be published on, and the 1st-place winner will be invited to read winning poem at Split This Rock Poetry Festival, 2010.

$25 entry fee. Proceeds support the next festival (March 10-13, 2010).

Find full details and guidelines online at:


D.O. said...

What about us poets that live hand-to-mouth? $25 in the Bush Depression is real money!

Sarah Browning said...

Hi D.O., Glen and Jean -

We appreciate how much money $25 is for poets anytime. We started the contest as a way to help support Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness. So the fee acts as a contribution to the group's efforts - the judge receives no honorarium and we're all working for free or next to nothing. We are very grateful for all the support Split This Rock has received.

If you couldn't submit to the contest there are lots of other ways to be involved - the festival itself in March 2010 will have a modest registration fee and lots of scholarships will be available. Please apply! (Watch the website for guidelines.) Split This Rock strives to be accessible to everyone.

Thanks for your comments.
Sarah Browning