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2019 Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest

Each year, Split This Rock sponsors a national poetry contest which serves to raise the visibility and prestige of poetry of provocation and witness. Formerly known as Split This Rock's Annual Poetry Contest, the contest was renamed in 2017 the Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest. The new name honors two poets significant to Split This Rock: Langston Hughes who penned the poem "Big Buddy" from which Split This Rock takes its name and Sonia Sanchez who opened the very first Split This Rock Poetry Festival in 2008. Contest winning poems are published on Split This Rock's website and in The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database.

The 2019 Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest is now OPEN.

Contest Judge: FRANNY CHOI

Photo of Franny Choi. She is a young Asian woman. Franny has long hair that is dark brown at the top and becomes lighter, eventually blonde at the bottom. She stand against a white backdrop, looking off into the distance. She wears glasses and a black tank top, and has bright red lipstick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits Split This Rock, helping to sustain its work
to bring poetry to the center of public life

$1,000 in Prizes Awarded for Poems of Provocation & Witness!

DEADLINE: November 1, 2018

SUBMIT AT SUBMITTABLE!

ACCESSIBLE WORD VERSION OF SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.


PRIZES: First place $500; 2nd and 3rd place, $250 each. Winning poems will be published on Split This Rock's website and in The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database. All prize winners will receive free festival registration to Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2020 and the 1st place recipient will be invited to read the winning poem on the main stage at the festival.

READING FEE: $20. Benefits Split This Rock, helping to sustain its work to bring poetry to the center of public life

ACCESSIBLE SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: If Submittable is not accessible to you, you are welcomed to submit your poem(s) using the accessible Word version of the submission instructions. After submitting your poem(s), if you have not received an email confirmation of receipt within a week's time, please contact us at emma@splitthisrock.org or (202) 787-5210.

GUIDELINES BELOW.
 

ABOUT THE JUDGE

Photo of Franny Choi. She is a young Asian woman. Franny has long hair that is dark brown at the top and becomes lighter, eventually blonde at the bottom. She stand against a white backdrop, looking off into the distance.She wears glasses and a black tank top, and has bright red lipstick.

Franny Choi is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014) and the forthcoming Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019), as well as a chapbook, Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the Helen Zell Writers Program. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, the New England Review, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman fellow, an Editor of News and Politics at Hyphen Magazine, co-host of the podcast VS, and member of the Dark Noise Collective. Learn more at Franny Choi's website.

Franny will serve as a final judge for the contest, selecting the winning poems from up to 20 top poems chosen by first readers. As she desires, she may also select poems as honorable mentions.

OVERVIEW

THEMES: 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, resistance, leadership, issues of identity (gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic class, body image, immigration, heritage, etc.), community, civic engagement, education, activism, and poems about history, Americana, cultural icons. Visit the Past Poetry Contests webpage and The Quarry for past prize winning poems.

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

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Submissions need to be received by 11:59 pm on November 1, 2018, Eastern Standard Time.

Submit up to 3 unpublished poems, no more than 6 pages total, no more than 1 poem appearing on each page, in any style, in the spirit of Split This Rock (see above). For instructions, visit Split This Rock's Submittable page or, if Submittable is not accessible to you, download the accessible Word document below. NOTE: Entries totalling more than 6 pages will not be read.

What we mean by “unpublished”: We accept only poems that have not yet been included in a publication with an ISBN number or online via a juried journal or website. If your poem is selected and it is posted on social media, we ask that you take it down prior to our publishing contest results.

We read entries anonymously. Please do not put your name or contact information on the document you upload to Submittable or within its title, or your poems will be in jeopardy of being disqualified.

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

Close friends, relatives, students, and former students of the judge are excluded from the contest. Likewise, the current Board of Directors, staff, teaching artists, and DC Youth Slam Team of Split This Rock are excluded, as are members of their immediate families. (For more detail: visit the code of ethics on our website.)

Mailed and Emailed Submissions: Except for special circumstances we are aware of in advance or in the case of people for whom Submittable is inaccessible, we do not accept mailed or emailed submissions. Instructions for how to submit if Submittable is inaccessible to you are available below in the "Accessible Submissions Instructions" section below.

We encourage you to submit before the November 1 deadline so that if you encounter problems we can assist you.

ACCESSIBLE SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: If Submittable is not accessible to you, you are welcomed to submit your poem(s) using the accessible Word version of the submission instructions. After submitting your poem(s), if you have not received an email confirmation of receipt within a week's time, please contact us at emma@splitthisrock.org or (202) 787-5210.

Late entries will not be accepted.

Once decisions have been made, you will receive an email notifying you of the status of your submission. We do not send hard copy notifications or accept self addressed stamped envelopes. Please monitor Split This Rock’s website and Facebook page for updates on the contest if for some reason you have trouble receiving emails.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  info@splitthisrock.org | (202) 787-5210 | splitthisrock.submittable.com/submit