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Poetry Contests

Each year, Split This Rock sponsors three poetry contests celebrating poets writing at the intersection of poetry and social justice: a national poetry contest, an Abortion Rights Contest in collaboration with the Abortion Care Network, and a youth poetry contest.

Annual Poetry Contest

Split This Rock’s annual poetry contest serves to raise the visibility and prestige of poetry of provocation and witness. Past judges have included: Natalie Diaz, Kyle Dargan, Mark Doty, Naomi Shihab Nye, Tim Seibles, Jan Beatty, and Chris Abani. There is a $20 reading fee to enter the contest which benefits Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poetry of Provocation & Witness. Contest opens around July with a deadline of November 1 each year. The contest is currently OPEN. Guidelines can be read at Submittable and on the 2016 Poetry Contest web page.

Abortion Rights Contest

Each year, the Abortion Care Network (ACN), a national organization of independent abortion providers and prochoice supporters, and Split This Rock host an Abortion Rights Poetry Contest in conjunction with ACN's annual conference. The contest is free to enter and open to poets from any part of the U.S. Contest opens around November and deadline is generally in January. The contest is currently closed. Read the 2015 winning poems on the Abortion Rights Contest webpage.

World & Me Youth Poetry Contest

Open to all youth in elementary, middle, and high school, The World & Me Youth Poetry Contest invites youth to submit poetry on issues they care deeply about and that relate their lives to the world on a larger scale. 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 that bear witness to injustice and provoke change. The contest is currently OPEN and free to enter. Visit Submittable to send us poems by the October 3 deadline.