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Split This Rock Open Poetry Competition

By Harriet Staff

Split this rock

Contest alert: The Split This Rock poetry competition is taking submissions.  The annual contest, currently in its 7th year, will be judged by 2012 National Book Award Finalist and Cave Canem teacher Tim Seibles.

Split This Rock aims to create cohesive, politically active communities through poetry. As their site explains:

The organizers of Split This Rock believe that as citizens and artists, our obligation has never been greater. We call on poets of conscience to move to the center of public life as we forge a visionary new arts movement for peace and justice. 

Poets have long played a central role in movements for social change. Today, at a critical juncture in our country’s history, poetry that gives voice to the voiceless, names the unnameable, and speaks directly from the individual and collective conscience is more important than ever.

The Split This Rock Poetry Contest offers publication on www.SplitThisRock.org in addition to the chance to read on the main stage at the March 2014 Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness in Washington, DC.

Here are further prize details:

Prizes: First place $500; 2nd and 3rd place, $250 each.

Deadline: November 1, 2013

Details: 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, leadership; issues of identity (gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability, body image, immigration, heritage, etc.); community, civic engagement, education, activism; and poems about history, Americana, cultural icons.


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There is a $20 reading fee per contest entry that supports the 2014 Split This Rock Poetry Festival.

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Posted in Poetry News on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 by Harriet Staff.