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Contests, Awards, and Submission Opportunities

There are currently no open contests, awards, or submission opportunities.
 

Special Events

10th Anniversary Master Class with Ross Gay
Sunday, June 24, 2-5 pm, 1301 Connnecticut Ave NW, Suite 600 | Open to First Individuals to Donate $100 or More to Split This Rock

In celebration of Split This Rock's 10th anniversary and to raise funds for the organization's essential work, Split This Rock's Board of Directors present Ross Gay, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award and National Book Award Finalist, for its 10th Anniversary Master Class Series. Led by past festival Featured Poets, each Master Class is open to the first 20 individuals who donate $100 or more to Split This Rock. Writers of all levels of experience are welcome to participate. Whether you attend yourself, donate the experience to someone as a gift, or donate it back to a Split This Rock community youth poet, your gift will support the overall work of Split This Rock. Learn more and secure your seat at the Ross Gay Master Class online.

A Reading from Ghost Fishing: Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology
Hosted by editor Melissa Tuckey, featuring Hayes Davis, Ailish Hopper, Katy Richey, and special guest National Book Award Finalist Ross Gay

Sunday, June 24, 8-10 pm
Busboys and Poets-5th & K, 1025 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Celebrate the publication of Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (University of Georgia Press) with renowned poet Ross Gay, anthology editor and Split This Rock co-founder Melissa Tuckey, and DC-area contributors Hayes Davis, Ailish Hopper, and Katy Richey. Bring your own eco-justice poem to read on an open mic after the features.

A gathering of poetry at the intersection of culture, social justice, and the environment, Ghost Fishing is the first anthology to focus solely on poetry with an eco-justice bent. As a new addition to the field of nature poetry anthologies, which have historically lacked diversity, this book presents a rich terrain of contemporary environmental poetry with roots in many cultural traditions.  Copies of the anthology and Ross Gay’s books will be for sale by Busboys and Poets Books.

This event is co-sponsored by Split This Rock and Busboys and Poets.

David vs. Goliath Slam
Busboys and Poets-Brookland, 625 Monroe St NE, Washington, DC 20017

Cheer on Split This Rock's DC Youth Slam Team at the 2018 David vs. Goliath Slam! Scheduled for Tuesday, June 26, 9-11 pm at Busboys and Poets-Brookland, David vs. Goliath is one of the most popular annual poetry events in DC. The DC Youth Slam Team competes against the adults of the Beltway Poetry Slam Team and proceeds help both teams travel to their respective national competitions. Tickets go on sale on June 19 at Busboys’ website.

Recurring Events

Split This Rock Writing Workshops - Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday (June 6 and June 20)

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month - 6:30 to 8:30pm - 1301 Connecticut St, NW, Suite #600, Washington, DC 20036. Venue is wheelchair accessible. Split This Rock 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! Please note the building doors will be locked when you arrive. A volunteer will be available to let people in until 6:50 pm. Split This Rock's programs are made possible in part by grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. For more information, email info@splitthisrock.org or call 202-787-5210

Upcoming workshop facilitators:

  • June 20: celeste doaks and Katy Richey of Black Ladies Brunch Crew
  • July 4: CANCELLED for holiday
  • July 18: Rasha Abdulhadi

Sunday Kind of Love Reading & Open Mic Series (June 17)

Sunday Kind of Love is 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. 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 on the day of the event or at the door, if still available. Visit the Sunday Kind of Love web page for more information.

Youth Open Mic (Virginia) - Every 2nd Sunday (June 10)

Held monthly on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 5pm - Busboys and Poets, 4251 S. Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206.  Youth-focused and youth-led, this Youth Open Mic is a monthly series that features student poets, singers, musicians, and actors from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Hosted by Split This Rock, middle school and high school students are encouraged to attend and share their art in our supportive, progressive, artistic atmosphere. The Youth Open Mic is presented by Busboys and Poets in partnership with Split This Rock's DC Youth Slam Team. Visit Busboys and Poets website for more info and tickets.

Youth Open Mic (DC) - Every 3rd Saturday (June 16)

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 Joseph Green (Youth Programs Coordinator, DC Youth Slam Team) and teen members of the DC Youth Slam Team.  Sponsored by Split This Rock and Busboys and Poets. Visit Busboys and Poets website for more info and tickets.

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 Joseph Green at joseph@splitthisrock.org 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.)