after summer…

August 1, 2018

There’s not much on the 100 Thousand Poets for Change calendar for 2018, but the date is set for this year’s global event: Saturday, September 29, and signups are open for local organizers.

Meanwhile, we noticed that Birmingham, Alabama, is well ahead of the curve and is teaming up with Glass: A Journal of Poetry to publish the work of poets selected from an open call. What’s happening where you write?

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art by Jim Spitzer


Residents of Whatcom County are invited to submit a poem for the quarterly POEM BOOTH poetry contest. The winning poem will be displayed for three months in the Poem Booth located in downtown Bellingham outside the Community Food Co-op, next to the community board on Forest Street. The winning poet will receive $25 cash and a $25 gift certificate to the Community Food Co-op. Read the full guidelines and winning poems and other submissions, and learn more on the Poem Booth Bellingham website. Deadline is Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

Poem Booth time!

April 29, 2018

You could be as happy as Poem Booth winning poet Dayna Patterson (pictured above) if your poem is selected for framed display from June 1 to August 31, 2018, on the Forest Street side of the Community Food Co-op in downtown Bellingham. In addition to having their poem displayed, the winning poet will receive $25 cash and a $25 gift certificate to the Community Food Co-op.


  • Deadline: Sunday, May 20, 2018, by midnight
  • Submit poems to:
  • Format: one page maximum per poem, 12 point font, sent as a Word, PDF, or Note attachment via email
  • Please do not write your name or other recognizable information on your attached poem!
  • No computer? Mail your typed poem with a title and no other identifying information, plus a separate cover page with the title of the poem, your name, phone, mailing address, and email address, to Poem Booth, c/o Christen Mattix, 1133 Railroad Ave. #218, Bellingham, WA 98225.
  • Runner-up poems will be posted on the Poem Booth blog.
  • The winning poem will be announced on Friday, June 1, 2018

Call for poems

April 8, 2018

Poet and activist Sarah Zale has issued a call for poems about the death penalty. The deadline is July 1, 2018. Zale plans to publish a chapbook and hold a series of readings around the state, to be followed by a more extensive anthology. UPDATE: the deadline has been extended to September 1, 2018.

hear that sound?

March 30, 2018

clockIt’s the clock ticking down to the deadline for submissions to the 2018 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. If you’re a Whatcom County resident and you haven’t yet submitted your poem, you have until 6:00pm tomorrow, Saturday, March 31, to deliver it to Mindport Exhibits (note hours: Friday Noon-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm) OR Terra Organica (note hours: Friday 8am–8pm, Saturday 9am–8pm) OR by email (as a Word attachment) to Late submissions will be disqualified; all submissions must conform to the guidelines.


March 17, 2018

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we remind you that submissions for Issue 15 of Clover, A Literary Rag are open until April 30, 2018.

call for student poems

March 10, 2018

Portland, Oregon, based Honoring Our Rivers invites student (kindergarten through college!) submissions of original writing, art, and photography for the annual Pacific Northwest Rivers anthology.

The submission deadline is EARTH DAY, April 22, 2018.

The subject matter is Pacific Northwest rivers: “anything relating to your watershed” including oceans, animals, human interaction, forests, etc. “We especially love to see students express their personal connection to rivers.” Within the anthology, there is also a themed section: Celebrating the tribes of the Pacific Northwest and their ancestral and present-day relationships to rivers.

Read the complete submission guidelines here.

A conservation nonprofit, Honoring Our Rivers encourages stewardship of river watersheds and nurtures the next generation of civic and conservation leaders by engaging the creative capacities of youth. Learn more here.

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