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Each year, Split This Rock sponsors a national poetry contest which serves to raise the visibility and prestige of poetry of provocation and witness. Formerly known as Split This Rock’s Annual Poetry Contest, the contest was renamed in 2017 the Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest. The new name honors two poets significant to Split This Rock: Langston Hughes who penned the poem “Big Buddy” from which Split This Rock takes its name and Sonia Sanchez who opened the very first Split This Rock Poetry Festival in 2008. Contest winning poems are published on Split This Rock’s website and in The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database.
The 2019 Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest is now open. Click here to submit
Contest Judge: FRANNY CHOI