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.
Split This Rock explores and celebrates the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for change: reaching across differences, considering personal and social responsibility, asserting the centrality of the right to free speech, bearing witness to the diversity and complexity of human experience through language, imagining a better world.
Our four festivals in Washington, DC have featured readings by some of the most beloved poets of our time, workshops, panel discussions on poetry and social change, youth programming, films, parties, walking tours, and activism—unique opportunities to hone our activist skills while we assess and debate the public role of the poet and the poem.
As we celebrate the launch of Split This Rock's poetry database in June 2015, we are particularly interested in poems that revel in the beauty, strength, and joy of our many communities, that speak about our capacity for imagining the future beyond the oppressions and violences of our present order.
We encourage people to share Poems of the Week widely, with proper attribution to Split This Rock & the poems' authors, so that the poems can enhance work for social justice.
Poems will be accepted on a rolling basis, with the hope of publishing at least one from this open call each month.
Accessibility: If Submittable is not accessible to you, please contact us at email@example.com for instructions on how to e-mail your submission. It is important that we know about your situation before receiving your mailed or emailed entry. Please allow sufficient time for your submission to be received.
We accept only poems that have not yet been published in a book or online. If your poem is selected and it is posted on social media, we ask that you take it down prior to publishing.
Simultaneous submissions are OK, but please notify us immediately if the poem is accepted elsewhere.
In terms of structure, poems with fairly short lines without complex formatting are the most compatible with our publishing and email platforms. Though there is no specific line limit, poems of no more than 25 lines tend to work best here.
Please note: Split This Rock's Poem of the Week series migrates to our website at the end of June when our searchable poetry database goes live. If we choose to include your poem as part of the series, we'll need a bit more information from you and about you so that we can properly categorize your poem. A link to a short form will be sent to you if your poem is used.
Mailed and Emailed Submissions: Except for special circumstances we are aware of in advance, we do not accept mailed submissions. If you have a circumstance that makes it difficult for you to utilize Submittable, please contact us for instructions on how to email your submission. It is important that we know about your situation before receiving your mailed or emailed entry. Please allow sufficient time for your submission to be received.
Ends on 10/3/2015
Size limit: 3 poems, no more than 2 pages each, 6 pages totalThere are two categories for submissions: those by students 12 and under, and those 13-18 years old.
- Students can submit 1-3 poems, each 2 pages or less.
- All work must be original poetry by the student submitting.
- All work must be original and by author. NO PLAGIARISM!
- Poems must relate to the theme.
- Poems will be judged on originality, skill of writing, creativity and relation to The World & Me theme.
The top 3 winners from each category will be celebrated at an awards ceremony in ------------ where they will be invited to read their work in front of a live audience of family and friends at Busboys and Poets. In addition to providing you with a flier announcing the contest, we are also offering our services as teaching artists who can lead in school writing workshops based around themes relevant to The World & Me.
Students can submit 1-3 poems, each 2 pages or less, 6 pages total preferably typed and emailed to or submitted online.
All work must be original poetry by the student submitting. NO PLAGIARISM!
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. Available to all students regardless of city or state
Step 1: Click link below. https://splitthisrock.submittable.com/submit/44282
Step 2: Sign up for Submittable.
Step 3: Fill out information asked for application. You will be asked for name, age, address, email, phone number, school, so we can contact you if you win.
Step 4: Attach Poems to Submittable.
Step 5: Submit application
Submit up to 3 unpublished poems, no more than 6 pages total, in any style, in the spirit of Split This Rock (see above).For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.SplitThisRock.org