The 2016 World & Me Student Poetry Contest (Deadline: October 13)
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 SLAM@splitthisrock.org.
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.
Individual World Poetry Slam
Presented by The Beltway Poetry Slam and Poetry Slam Inc. (PSi), the Individual World Poetry Slam is a four day poetry slam festival created by PSi giving poets the opportunity to compete outside of team competition for the title of the Individual World Poetry Slam Champion. The event will bring world acclaimed feature performers, poetry and performance workshops, specialty slams, open mics, and events for all ages to Washington D.C. Slams are held every evening and there are sessions throughout the day focused on many socially engaged topics.
For more detailed information on the IWPS schedule and poets participating in the competition, visit the IWPS website.
Split This Rock is pleased to be part of the following events:
Wed., Oct. 7 | 6:30-8:15pm | 1112 16th St, NW, 6th Floor Conference Room | FREE
Facilitated by Robalu Gibson as seen on TVOne's Verses & Flow.
THE QUARRY, THE CHOIR, THE BREAKBEATS PART ONE
Fri., Oct. 9 | 1-3 pm | 1112 16th St, NW, 6th Floor Conference Room | $5 (Get tickets at the IWPS website)
A literary craft workshop with Sarah Browning, Mahogany Browne, and Matt Gallant. Our panelists will focus on the importance and possibilities in writing for the page in a way that is authentic to the author and their voice, while exuding mastery of its conventions.
THE QUARRY, THE CHOIR, THE BREAKBEATS PART TWO
Sat., Oct. 10 | 1-3 pm | Split This Rock Office, Institute for Policy Studies 6th Floor Conference Room, 1112 16th St, NW, Suite #600, Washington, DC 20036 | $5 (Get tickets at the IWPS website)
The second portion of this workshop will focus on the do’s and don’ts of submissions, and how to create the best manuscript or submittable piece of work. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage with panelists with inquiries. Panelists include Safia Elhillo, Matt Gallant, and Katy Richey.
Split This Rock Writing Workshops - Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday (Oct. 7 & 21)
Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month - 6:30 to 8:30pm (October's session ends at 8:15pm) - Split This Rock Office, Institute for Policy Studies 6th Floor 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call 202-787-5210.
Sunday Kind of Love - Every 3rd Sunday (October 18)
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. Visit the Sunday Kind of Love web page for more information.
Youth Open Mic - Every 3rd Saturday (October 17)
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
Stay tuned for more information on the weekly writing workshop schedule! Workshops are free and open to all teens. For more information, email Jonathan Tucker at email@example.com or visit the Split This Rock's DC Youth Slam Team Facebook page. 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
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.)