Tuesday, July 8, 2014

2015 Poetry Contest

Announcing the 8th Annual 
Split This Rock  
Poetry Contest  

Judged by: Natalie Diaz
Natalie Diaz  

Benefits Split This Rock Poetry Festival
April 14-17, 2016
$1,000 Awarded for poems of provocation & witness


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

Winning poems will be published on www.SplitThisRock.org; winners will receive free festival registration; and the 1st-place winner will be invited to read winning poem at Split This Rock Poetry Festival, 2016.

Up to three honorable mentions will receive signed copies of Nude Descending an Empire, Sam Taylor’s newest book. Split This Rock Executive Director Sarah Browning has this to say of the book: "Sam Taylor’s poems make me shudder at the horror and pleasure of this world. In the face of the American imperial project, the poems sing every song imaginable – dirge, praise song, ecstatic chant. The antidote to despair, then, is more – more of the body, heart, more mystery, fear. 'Don’t say impossible,' says the poet, and these hurting, gorgeous poems never do."

Deadline: November 1, 2014

Reading Fee: $20, which supports Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2016. 

Details: 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:

Submit up to 3 unpublished poems, no more than 6 pages total, in any style, in the spirit of Split This Rock (see above). Please do not put your name or contact information on the poems themselves, only your cover page.

Simultaneous submissions OK, but please notify us immediately if the poem is accepted elsewhere.

Please contact us directly if you are unable to access Submittable at info@splitthisrock.org. 

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