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Upcoming Events


The 2016 World & Me Student Poetry Contest (Deadline: October 3)

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. If you have any questions, please email

2016 Split This Rock Annual Poetry Contest (Deadline: November 1)

Split This Rock’s 2016 Poetry Contest, judged by Rigoberto González, is now open for submissions! Each year, the contest serves to raise the visibility and prestige of poetry of provocation and witness. 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. Submit up to 3 poems. There is a $20 reading fee benefiting Split This Rock’s 2016 Poetry Festival. For more information on guidelines and prizes, visit Split This Rock’s website or Submittable.

Special Events

National Book Festival Youth Poetry Slam (September 5)

7:30-9pm - Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place Northwest, Washington, DC. This slam—a contest in which poets read or recite their poems, which are then judged by a panel—will feature youth poets from around the country. The event is a collaboration among the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center, the National Endowment for the Arts and Split This Rock. Visit the National Book Festival website for more information.

Recurring Events

Split This Rock Writing Workshops - Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday (September 2 & 16)

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month - 6:30 to 8:30pm - Institute for Policy Studies Conference Room, 1112 16th St, NW, Suite #600, Washington, DC 20036. Venue is wheelchair accessible. Split This Rock, in collaboration with The Beltway Poetry Slam, hosts bi-monthly writing workshops on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month. All ages are welcome; no need to RSVP. FREE! Just come ready to write! Split This Rock's programs are made possible in part by grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. For more information, email, call 202-787-5210.

Sunday Kind of Love - Every 3rd Sunday (September 20)

Held monthly on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 5 to 7:00pm -  Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St, NW, Washington, DC, 20009. Cost: $5. Every month, Split This Rock partners with Busboys and Poets to bring you Sunday Kind of Love Open Mic. Hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey, the event offers a stage for emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation. Sunday Kind of Love includes featured poets and an open mic segment. Purchase tickets online or at the door, if still available. Featured poets for August: Vincent Toro and Leslie Ann Mcilroy. Visit the Sunday Kind of Love web page for more information.

Youth Open Mic - Every 3rd Saturday (September 19)

Held monthly on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 5pm - Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street, NW, Washington DC.  Youth-focused and youth-led, Youth Open Mic is a monthly series that features student poets, singers, musicians, and actors from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to come share their art in our supportive, progressive, artistic atmosphere. Youth Open Mic is presented by Busboys and Poets in partnership with DC Youth Slam Team and Split This Rock.  Hosted by Jonathan B. Tucker (Coach, DC Youth Slam Team) and teen members of the DC Youth Slam Team.  Sponsored by Split This Rock and Busboys and Poets. More info at Busboys and Poets website

Split This Rock Teen Poetry Workshops

Weekly writing workshops in June and July 2015 are held on Wednesdays - 4:30 to 6pm - 1112 16th St NW, 6th Floor Conference Room, Washington, DC.  Accessible by the Farragut West or North metro stations. Workshops are free and open to all teens. For more information, email Jonathan Tucker at It does not matter if you have a little or a lot of experience: just bring yourself and a pen.

Floetic Fridays Youth Open Mic (September 25)

Every last Friday from 5 to 8:00pm - Freestyle Youth Center, 651 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, Washington DC. A youth open mic series open to all with free giveaways, free condoms, free HIV testing, and an open mic! Presented by RealTalkDC & Split This Rock's DC Youth Slam Team. (Note: Adult language may be used.)