Mark your calendar!

April 5, 2021

Mark your calendar and start getting some extra sleep: The Poetry Marathon is back! If you’re up for 24 poems in 24 hours (or 12 in 12), half and full marathons starts at 6:00am Pacific on Saturday, June 26, 2021, with a second half marathon starting at 6:00pm Pacific.

They’re also looking for cover images and an editor for the 2021 Poetry Marathon Anthology. All the details on The Poetry Marathon website and Facebook.

marathon time

May 19, 2020

The Poetry Marathon returns! Twenty-four poems in twenty-four hours (or twelve in twelve if you prefer) can loosen the bonds of normal and get you into uncharted waters. Plus, you could end up with enough poems for a chapbook.

The 2020 Poetry Marathon will start on 9:00am Eastern on the Saturday, June 27, and go till 9:00am on the 28th. Half marathoners can start at 9:00am OR 9:00pm Eastern on the 27th.

Signups will be open from Monday, June 8, until Tuesday, June 23. Mark your calendar and visit The Poetry Marathon for updates.

almost time…

May 15, 2019

The Poetry Marathon (24 poems in 24 hours) and half-marathon will take place on Saturday, June 22, 2019. If you’re thinking about participating (it’s completely free), sign up beforehand. Registration will be open June 3 – 12. Mark your calendar and watch for updates on The Poetry Marathon site or on Facebook.

Just think… a whole chapbook drafted in just 24 hours!

planning ahead…

January 4, 2019

If you start getting a few extra minutes of sleep each night, by June you should be ready for the 2019 Poetry Marathon. Yes, it’s back after a brief hiatus, and it’s a chance to shake up your complacent writing habits by writing 24 poems, once an hour for 24 hours.

Sign-ups begin in late May and the marathon starts at 9:00am Eastern time on Saturday, June 22, 2019, and goes till 9:00am Sunday, June 23. A half-marathon option is also available. Mark your calendar and watch for updates at The Poetry Marathon and on Facebook.

Poetry Marathon update

January 17, 2018

For those of you who are past participants in the Poetry Marathon and any of you who might have been considering jumping in on the next round, PM founder Caitlin Thomson has posted an Update on The 2018 Poetry Marathon.


July 19, 2017

If you are planning to participate in the 2017 Poetry Marathon or half-marathon, signups begin tomorrow, Thursday, July 20 at Noon Eastern Time, and continue through July 27. The full marathon will take place on Saturday, August 5, starting at 9:00 a.m. ET, and it will conclude at 9:00 a.m. ET on Sunday the 6th. The half marathon will run from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on August 5. Each poet must write and publish on the blog one poem per hour. To register, go to The Poetry Marathon website or watch for the link on the Poetry Marathon Facebook page.

planning ahead

May 29, 2017

Here’s an event for your later-this-summer calendar: The 2017 Poetry Marathon. This year’s Marathon will take place on August 5, starting at 9:00am ET and concluding at 9:00am ET on the 6th.

The idea is that during those 24 hours, you write and post a poem each hour. What you do during any remaining minutes of each hour is up to you, but some advance planning — snacks, prompts, marathon buddies — is a good idea. The marathon team posts hourly prompts and has a Facebook group for ongoing inspiration.

If staying awake (or diligent catnapping) for 24 hours is daunting, this year there will also be TWO half-marathons (12 poems in 12 hours): one beginning at 9:00am ET and concluding at 9:00pm ET on the 5th, the other beginning at 9:00pm ET on the 5th and concluding at 9:00am ET on the 6th.

Participation is free, but you must register in advance. Whichever version you do, one or two dozen poems drafted in such a short time is quite a remarkable result. You can sleep any time. Put it on your calendar and learn more at The Poetry Marathon.

Hear the Poetry Marathon

January 22, 2017

SpeakEasy 18: the Poetry Marathon

The Poetry Marathon challenges participants to write (and post) 24 poems in 24 hours (or 12 in 12 hours). Originated and organized by Caitlin Thomson Jans and Jacob Jans, writers and web publishers living in Cascadia, The Poetry Marathon is entirely free. In 2016, more than 500 poets worldwide participated in the full or half marathon.

SpeakEasy 18 will present a number of participating poets from the region reading selections from their marathon output. Readers include Jessica Ankeny, Ramona Elke, Janel Erchinger-Davis, Jacob Jans, J.I. Kleinberg, Nancy Pagh, Silvester Phua, Paul Sarvasy, Harvey Schwartz, Sheila Sondik, Caitlin Thomson, Jeanne Yeasting, and Tobe Zalinger.

Please join us for SpeakEasy 18 on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 7:00pm, in the Encore Room at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, Washington. The event is free and copies of the 2016 Poetry Marathon Anthology will be available for purchase.


July 14, 2016

August 2016

Though it’s not quite mid-July and August seems waaaay off, there are a couple of August opportunities with deadlines you may not want to miss.

Signups for the August Poetry Postcard Fest close on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

Signups for The Poetry Marathon close on Tuesday, July 19, 2016.

Both of these poem-generating events require a personal commitment and a certain amount of prep. But participating in one or both means that you’ll end up with a chapbook’s worth of poem drafts to show for your summer.

You can find more information on the August Poetry Postcard Fest (APPF) on the APPF website, the official call, the 56 Days of August site (about the APPF anthology) and 56 Days of August Facebook page.

There’s more on The Poetry Marathon on the website, the blog, The Poetry Marathon Facebook page and on

P.S. These are both international events. Poets everywhere are invited to participate.

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moon phase calendar

The Poetry MarathonDuring National Poetry Month, poets are encouraged to write a poem a day. In August, The Poetry Marathon encourages you to write a poem an hour. For 24 hours — 9:00 am ET on Saturday, August 13, till 9:00 am ET on Sunday, August 14, 2016 — participants write and post a poem each hour. If that sounds impossible, there’s also a half-marathon, which starts at the same time but ends at 9:00pm on August 13. There are hourly prompts and plenty of encouragement available along the way. The Poetry Marathon is a project of poets Caitlin Thomson Jans and Jacob Jans. Put it on your calendar and then watch The Poetry Marathon blog for updates. The Poetry Marathon is also on Facebook.

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