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June 1, 2017

If you’ve been submitting all your poems to local publications, here’s an opportunity to expand your horizons. The Antarctic Poetry Exhibition is now accepting entries “directly or abstractly inspired by the Antarctic.” The exhibition will be held in the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station (dates not yet posted). You may submit up to three poems, which are due by the end of August 2017. See the guidelines on the Antarctic Poetry Exhibition website and additional inspiration on Facebook.


emerging poet?

May 17, 2017

If you live at least six months of the year in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon or Washington; and have yet to publish a book (including chapbooks, eBooks, translations, books in other languages/countries, and self-published works); and have no book forthcoming before October 1, 2017, the Montana Book Festival invites you to submit up to five pages of unpublished poetry to the 2017 Regional Emerging Writer’s Contest (there are fiction and nonfiction categories as well). The deadline is May 31, 2017, and there is a submission fee. Follow the link for guidelines and find more Montana Book Festival online and on Facebook.


May 15, 2017

This is just a reminder: Rattle’s invitation to submit poems in response to the news remains open. Here’s what Rattle says:

“Poets Respond — a poem written within the last week about a public event that occurred within the last week will appear every Sunday. Our only criterion for selection is the quality of the poem; all opinions and reactions are welcome. Selected poets will receive $50. To have your own poem considered for next week’s posting, submit at the link on this page before midnight Friday PST. Any poems sent before the midnights of Sunday and Tuesday will also be considered for bonus postings mid-week.”

Don’t just sit there and seethe. Rattle!

Residents of Whatcom County are invited to submit a poem to be displayed in the Poem Booth at the downtown Bellingham Co-op. Runner up poems will be posted on the Poem Booth blog. The deadline is Friday, May 19, 2017, by midnight. See the Call for Submissions for complete guidelines… and visit the Poem Booth the next time you’re at the Co-op.

found poem by j.i. kleinbergAttention students! The New York Times has opened its 8th annual Found Poem Student Contest for youth ages 13 to 19. Using no more than two articles from the entire New York Times archive as source material, “find” words for a poem of 14 lines or fewer. The deadline is 7:00am Eastern time on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, and the complete guidelines (and lots of suggestions) are on this page: The Learning Network | Our Eighth Annual Found Poem Student Contest.

K-12 students in Whatcom County, Washington, are encouraged to submit poems or songs to the Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest. Launched as a National Poetry Month action in partnership with Village Books, the contest is accepting submissions through September 30, 2017.

The five winning poets will receive gift cards, be videotaped by BTV-10, and be invited to the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s annual Peace Builder Awards and given the opportunity to read their poem aloud. Winning poems will be showcased throughout Whatcom County during the year in various locations, including libraries, schools, and small businesses. The work of winning teen poets will also be submitted to the Forest of Words annual library publication.

Previous winning poems are being showcased at Whatcom County libraries for National Poetry Month. They will also be exhibited during the annual Children’s Art Walk downtown, Friday, May 5, 2017, and will remain on display until May 20.

To download the submission form, submit poems, and see the names and some video recordings of previous winners, visit the Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest page on the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center site.

Whatcom countdown

March 25, 2017

Attention Whatcom County poets! The deadline for submissions to the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is Friday, March 31, 2017, 6:00pm. Submissions emailed, delivered or postmarked after March 31 will be disqualified.
See the complete guidelines on the 2017 Contest page… and send in your winning-est poem!

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