Monday, October 26, 2009

Split This Rock 2010 Poetry Contest

Split This Rock 2010 Poetry Contest
Benefits Split This Rock Poetry Festival - Washington, DC, March 10-13, 2010
$1,000 awarded for poems of provocation & witness
Chris Abani, Judge
Deadline: January 4, 2010

Prizes: First place $500; 2nd and 3rd place, $250 each. Winning poems will be published on, winners will receive free festival registration, and the 1st-place winner will be invited to read winning poem at Split This Rock Poetry Festival, 2010.

Deadline: January 4, 2010 (postmark)
Reading Fee: $25, which 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.

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

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Send up to 3 unpublished poems, no more than 6 pages total, in any style, in the spirit of Split This Rock (see above). Postmark deadline: January 4, 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 which 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,,

Chris Abani will be featured at Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2010. His poetry collections are Hands Washing Water (Copper Canyon, 2006), Dog Woman (Red Hen, 2004), Daphne's Lot (Red Hen, 2003), and Kalakuta Republic (Saqi, 2001). His prose includes Song For Night (Akashic, 2007), The Virgin of Flames (Penguin, 2007), and Becoming Abigail (Akashic, 2006). He is a Professor at the University of California, Riverside, and the recipient of many awards including the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a PEN Beyond the Margins Award, and a Guggenheim Award.


Unknown said...

Essayist Daniel Bruno Sanz has written a unique 40 line poem steeped in Japanese folklore.
We would like to send it to you for either publication or consideration for any contests of which you are aware. The poem remains unpublished at this time.
Please email me at
Thank you!

Kind regards,

Katherine Howell said...

The post above details Split This Rock's poetry contest guidelines for submission. Any other contests we know of get posted on the blog. We don't solicit submissions, but we encourage everyone to submit. Remember the deadline!