Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Seeking Poems on Abortion Rights

Lighting the Way: The 3rd Annual Abortion Rights Poetry Contest
Sponsored by the Abortion Care Network & Split This Rock

Deadline: January 6, 2014 - Free to enter

The Abortion Care Network (ACN), a national organization of independent providers and prochoice supporters, and Split This Rock (a national group bringing poetry to the public realm) is pleased to announce our third annual poetry contest, to be held in conjunction with ACN's annual meeting in March 2014.

The experience of women who seek abortion and other reproductive services is as varied as the individuals involved. For some, there is safety, relief, and good medical care. For others, there is doubt, harassment, and stigma. For all, health care takes place in a politicized context in which even the most basic choices about our bodies, sexuality, and childbearing can be scrutinized. Reproductive rights are also linked to a whole host of other social issues, such as women's economic status and the accessibility of safe, affordable health care.

ACN and Split This Rock welcome the submission of poems on these themes. We will award the following prizes: First ($100), Second ($75) and Third Place ($50), and Honorable Mention. Judging will done by Split This Rock and ACN.

The first-place winner will be invited to read the winning poem at ACN's annual meeting. The prize-winning poems will be published in the ACN's quarterly newsletter, The Provider, in the conference program distributed to all meeting attendees, and on Split This Rock's website at www.SplitThisRock.org.  Poets from any part of the U.S. may submit poems, but we regret that no travel funds will be provided so that the winning poet may read at the meeting.

Submission Guidelines:

*  Submit up to 3 poems (6 pages maximum) by midnight, January 6, 2014 via our Submittable site: https://splitthisrock.submittable.com
*  One entry per poet, please.
*  All styles and approaches accepted.
*  Free to enter.
*  Previously published in print is acceptable, but, please, not on the web.
*  Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please withdraw your poem/inform us immediately if the poem has been accepted for publication elsewhere.

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