Dear Vaccine

April 28, 2021

Have something to say to the vaccine? A wish, a concern, a complaint? Write the vaccine a poem and share it as part of Dear Vaccine, a global community poem created by the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University and The University of Arizona Poetry Center. Learn more a globalvaccinepoem, where you can read the words of others in Responses or read “Dear Vaccine” by Naomi Shihab Nye and use one of the prompts provided to add your own.

one contest closes…

March 31, 2021

Today is the last day for Whatcom County residents to submit poems to the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. But fear not, there’s another contest hot on its heels (no matter where you live).

The Skagit County Historical Museum invites writers of all ages to submit work to its first Essay and Poetry Writing Contest. The theme is “The Great Hunt for Magic Skagit Stories” and the contest is open through the month of April 2021.

Find a link to the complete guidelines (PDF) on the Skagit County Historical Museum page and send in your essays or poems about the Skagit past or present.

get heard!

March 5, 2021

In celebration of National Poetry Month (April), The New York Society Library invites you to record yourself reading a poem of your own or one by someone else. Add it to the collection anytime until end-of-day Friday, April 9, 2021, and NYSL will include it in 30 Days of Poetry 2021.

call for poems

March 1, 2021

The 2021 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is now open for submissions from Whatcom County, Washington, poets of all ages and experience. You can learn more about this year’s judges here and see the complete guidelines and submission details on the 2021 Contest page.

Also, a reminder for student poets: John S Green will offer a free Children’s Poetry Workshop, this Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 11:00am-12:15pm. Participation does not guarantee that your poem will be selected as a winner, but it’s sure to be fun. Advance registration is required.

Poetic Shelters

May 22, 2020

The ever-busy, ever-imaginative Claudia Castro Luna, Washington State’s Poet Laureate, has introduced a new project for these times: Poetic Shelters.

“This project asks you to consider the poetics of your home and how its physical and emotional character is changing during this time. The home, whatever that may be for someone, is a space we each know intimately and can therefore represent poetically by sharing our memories, frustrations, daydreams, and also by by describing its physical configuration.”

Poems, mini-essays, and accompanying photos, if available, are invited. While Poetic Shelters is Washington-centric, contributors from other locations are welcome to submit.

Visit Poetic Shelters for more information and to read a sampling of poems.


May 18, 2020

In the midst of everything, the re-launch of a venerable but long-absent print literary journal may seem unlikely. But in fact, Northwest Review, which first saw publication in 1957 and went on hiatus in 2011, “is in the process of a rebrand, redesign, and relaunch: the journal will resume publication in the Fall.”

We are especially interested in writers and artists working near the artistic frontier of American literature; writers who have previously been rejected by mainstream for-profit publications such as The New Yorker, Harper’s, or The Atlantic, are especially encouraged to submit their work.

Is that you?


May 14, 2020

If you, like many creative people, have been writing in response to COVID-19, have a look at the Submittable Creative Calls for Submission page. There are plenty of opportunities to get your work in front of an audience, and the list is updated regularly.

add your voice

April 17, 2020

Before the coronavirus shutdown, the Whatcom Museum, in Bellingham, Washington, introduced a storytelling project, Story Dome. A mobile, geodesic recording booth in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building, Story Dome is tied to the current exhibition, Conversations Between Collections.

A “Record Your Story” link on the Story Dome page takes you through a simple form, several prompts, and a recording setup. Everyone is welcome to record their story, poem, spoken word, or song in response to one of the prompts related to the themes of place and identity.

Once the museum reopens, selected stories will be curated at listening stations in the gallery. Plus, in the coming weeks, standout stories will be shared online. Add your voice!

Coffee & Oranges

April 8, 2020

We’ve posted news from Kahini before, but have not previously mentioned their quarterly literary magazine, Coffee & Oranges.

An exercise in brevity, “Coffee & Oranges showcases short work that thrives through an alchemy of sensory detail, setting, character, point of view, plot, structure, pacing, voice, style, tone, title, authorial identity, and theme — and which transcends its own craft elements to arrive at the condition of art.”

Submissions to Coffee & Oranges are open. Read the guidelines!

Submit. Subscribe. Sign up for a future retreat.

six days and counting

March 26, 2020

If it feels like everything around you has been cancelled, think again: the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is still happening and still wants your poems!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, is the last day to submit, and because the drop-off venues are closed, submissions must come by mail or, preferably, email.

The awards ceremony, originally scheduled for May 14, will be rescheduled for a fall date to be announced. But the judges will read submissions, make their selections, and notify the winners by the end of April.

This is an all-ages, Whatcom County, Washington, contest, and a great thing to do if you happen to be staying at home quite a lot. Six days and counting. One poem per person. Read the guidelines and submit!

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