$1,000 Awarded for Poems of Provocation & Witness

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2012

Benefits Split This Rock Poetry Festival


Deadline: November 1, 2012

Reading Fee: $20—reduced recession rate!

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.

Mark Doty, Judge

Mark Doty’s Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, won the National Book Award in 2008. He is the author of 8 books of poems and 4 volumes of nonfiction prose including Dog Years, a 2007 New York Times bestseller. Doty’s work has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, two Lambda Literary Awards, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, and the Witter Bynner Prize. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill and Lila Wallace/ Readers Digest Foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2011 Doty was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.


-First place receives $500; second and third place receive $250 each.

-Winners receive free 2014 festival registration & 1st-place winner reads winning poem at the festival.

– Winning poems will be published at www.SplitThisRock.org



-Submit up to 3 unpublished poems, no more than 6 pages total, in any style, in the spirit of Split This Rock (see above).

-Submit Online! http://splitthisrock.submittable.com/submit
-Simultaneous submissions OK, but please notify us immediately if the poem is accepted elsewhere.


FOR MORE INFO: info@splitthisrock.orgwww.splitthisrock.org 


Photo: Mark Doty

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