do you zine?

January 22, 2021

If you live in Washington State and make zines, the Washington Center for the Book and 6th Annual Washington State Zine Contest invite you to submit by February 26, 2021. Prizes! Guidelines! Submit!

rethinking a contest

September 3, 2020

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country.” Students memorize poems, practice their delivery, and compete with one another on the classroom, school, state, and national level.

Not surprisingly, the 2020-2021 POL season will look a lot different from that of previous years. Though a date has not yet been set, POL has already announced that the National Finals will take place in spring 2021 as a video submission-based competition. POL is encouraging teachers and organizers at all contest levels to hold virtual competitions and have posted downloadable Poetry Out Loud Virtual Competitions & Filming Requirements (PDF).

Do you recall poems you memorized in school? The words can last a lifetime. If you have a high school student in your life, visit Poetry Out Loud, browse the poems, watch for deadlines, and consider memorizing a poem yourself!

last minute: hindsight

September 28, 2018

Somehow, the deadline for the annual Whatcom Writes seems to elude us until the last moment. So here we are again. This year’s Whatcom Reads selection is The Big Burn by Timothy Egan.

Whatcom Writes, an all-ages writing contest, invites writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to explore the themes of year’s chosen book and to submit a single piece for consideration. This year’s theme is hindsight. The selected works are compiled into an anthology and a number of authors are invited to read at Village Books, usually in the spring.

So here’s the hard part: entries are due by midnight, Monday, October 1, 2018. It’s late, but it’s not too late. Read the guidelines.

Every year, the Academy of American Poets selects new artwork for the official National Poetry Month poster, which is distributed throughout the country and downloadable on

For National Poetry Month 2019, the Academy invites students living in the United States who are 18 years of age and younger and enrolled in grades 9 through 12 during the 2018–2019 academic year to enter artwork to be considered for use on the poster. The artwork must be original and created by a single student. It must be 18.25” x 21.5” and must incorporate one of five excerpts of poems by Tracy K. Smith, the U.S. Poet Laureate. The contest opens today, September 1, 2018, and the submission deadline is October 31, 2018, at 11:59 pm EST.

See (and follow carefully!) the complete guidelines here.

Perhaps you, too, have never heard of the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts. But if you have a unique way of exploring poetry on film, take note. As Doublebunny Press explains, “Anyone can make a video of a poet reading a poem, but that’s not what Rabbit Heart is all about. What we’re looking for is what can be done visually with a poem, without showing performance.”

Submissions are now open for the 2017 Rabbit Heart festival. The deadline is July 1, 2017, and the festival is in October. Read the rules. View some Rabbit Heart on YouTube. Submit your film.

And hey, if you win, let us know, okay?

Island BooksThis notice arrives rather late, so if you’ve been squirreling away a short story, here’s your opportunity. Island Books (Mercer Island) is holding a short story contest and the deadline for submissions is 5:00pm PST, Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Find all the details on NW Book Lovers and send in that story! Also visit the Island Books Facebook page.

zine some history

November 2, 2016

2nd Annual Historical Zine Contest

The Washington State Library invites Washington residents of all ages to make a zine for the 2nd Annual Historical Zine Contest. The topic is some aspect of Washington history. Submissions can poetry or prose, illustrated or collaged. There’s no specific size or number of pages, but submissions must be mailed or dropped off — no email submissions. The deadline is Thursday, December 15, 2016.

Find more information, resources (including a link to a How to Make a Zine video), and a downloadable Contest Flyer and Entry Form on the Washington State Library Zine Contest page.

not too late!

May 11, 2016

Crab Creek Review

The 2016 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize is accepting submissions (up to 4 poems) through Sunday, May 15, 2016. Oliver de la Paz, judge.

World Enough Writers

World Enough Writers is accepting poems for an Ice Cream Poetry Anthology through Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Patricia Fargnoli, editor.

Two Sylvias Press

The Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize 2016 is accepting entries through Wednesday, June 15, 2016. January Gill O’Neil, judge.

Burnside Review

The 2016 Burnside Review Chapbook Contest is open for submissions through Thursday, June 30, 2016. Adrian Matejka, judge.

2016 Contest Guidelines!

February 4, 2016

Boynton guidelines 2016

The guidelines for Whatcom County’s 2016 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest are now available. See the 2016 Contest page for details.

it’s your choice…

July 1, 2015

Whatcom Writes!Once again, it’s time to start thinking about your submission to Whatcom WRITES!

Each year, Whatcom County, Washington, selects a book for Whatcom READS! that will be read and discussed at libraries and in book groups throughout the region, culminating with local appearances by the author. The 2016 title is A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel, by Ruth Ozeki.

In conjunction with Whatcom READS!, Whatcom WRITES! takes a theme from the book and invites writers to submit a poem, fiction, or nonfiction work (800 word limit). Whatcom READS! will publish an anthology of the top entries received, based on originality, design and creativity, demonstrated writing skills, and appropriateness to contest theme. Winning writers will also be invited to read portions of their work at Village Books on Sunday, December 13, 2015.

This year’s theme is CHOICES and the deadline for submissions is October 9, 2015. Find out more about Whatcom WRITES! including a link where you can download a flyer.
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Thanks to Susan J. Erickson for the heads up!

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