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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.

Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest (formerly Split This Rock Annual Poetry Contest)

Split This Rock’s annual poetry contest serves to raise the visibility and prestige of poetry of provocation and witness. Celebrating its 11th year, the contest has been judged by standout poets such as : Rigoberto González, Natalie Diaz, Kyle Dargan, Mark Doty, Naomi Shihab Nye, Tim Seibles, Jan Beatty, Chris Abani, and Sheila Black. 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. All past winning poems are available in The Quarry. Currently, the contest is OPEN. Visit the 2018 Poetry Contest web page for guidelines.

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. 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. Visit the Abortion Rights Poetry Contest webpage for more information. To read the 2017 winning poems, visit the Past Abortion Rights Poetry Contests webpage. All past winning poems are also available in The Quarry.

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 CLOSED.