2018 Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest
(formerly Split This Rock Annual Poetry Contest)
Judge: Sonia Sanchez
Benefits Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2018
$1,000 in prizes awarded for poems of provocation & witness!
Prizes: First place $500; 2nd and 3rd place, $250 each. Winning poems will be published on www.SplitThisRock.org
and within The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database. All prize winners will receive free registration to Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2018, and the 1st place recipient will be invited to read the
winning poem on the main stage at the festival.
Deadline: November 1, 2017
Reading Fee: $20, which supports Split This Rock Poetry Festival
Themes: 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, socioeconomic class, body image, immigration, heritage, etc.); community,
civic engagement, education, activism; and poems about history, Americana,
cultural icons. Visit Split This Rock’s website
to read past winning poems.
Ethics: Split This Rock subscribes to the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses
Contest Code of Ethics. Read it online at our website.
Accessibility: If Submittable is not accessible to you, you are welcomed to submit your poem(s) using the accessible Word version
of the submission instructions available at Split This Rock's website. After submitting your poem(s), if you have not
received an email confirmation of receipt within a week's time, please
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 787-5210.
About the Judge:
the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, including, among others, Morning
Haiku (Beacon Press, 2010), Homegirls and Handgrenades (White
Pine Press, 2007), Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems (1999); Like
the Singing Coming Off the Drums: Love Poems(1998); and Does your
house have lions? (1995), which was nominated for both the NAACP Image
and National Book Critics Circle Award. Among the many honors she has received
are the Community Service Award from the National Black Caucus of State
Legislators, the Lucretia Mott Award, the Outstanding Arts Award from the
Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Peace and Freedom Award from the
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, a National Endowment for
the Arts Award, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She was the first
Presidential Fellow at Temple University, where she began teaching in 1977, and
held the Laura Carnell Chair in English there until her retirement in 1999.
She is the first Poet Laureate of Philadelphia.
Submissions need to be received by 11:59pm on November 1, 2017, Eastern
Standard Time. We encourage you to submit before the November 1 deadline so that if you encounter problems we can assist you.
Submit up to 3 unpublished poems, no more than 6 pages total, no more than 1
poem appearing on each page, in any style, in the spirit of Split This Rock (see above). Entries longer than 6 pages will not be read.
What we mean by “unpublished”:
accept only poems that have not yet been included in a publication with an ISBN
number or online via a juried journal or website. If your poem is selected and
it is posted on social media, we ask that you take it down prior to our publishing
We read entries anonymously.
Please do not put your name or contact information on the document
you upload to Submittable or within its title
or your poems will be in jeopardy
of being disqualified.
Simultaneous submissions are OK
, but please notify us immediately if the
poem is accepted elsewhere.
Close friends, relatives, students, and former students of the judge are
excluded from the contest. Likewise, the current Board of Directors, staff, teaching
artists, and DC Slam Team of Split This Rock are excluded, as are members of
their immediate families.
(For more detail: visit the code of ethics on our website
Mailed and Emailed Submissions:
Except for special circumstances we are aware of in advance or in the case of people for whom Submittable is inaccessible, we do not
mailed or emailed submissions.
Late entries will not be accepted.
Once decisions have been made, you will receive an email notifying you
of the status of your submission. We do not send hard copy notifications
or accept self addressed stamped envelopes. Please monitor Split This
and Facebook page
for updates on the contest if for some
reason you have trouble receiving emails.For more information:
202-787-5210 | email@example.com | www.splitthisrock.org