call for poems

January 6, 2018

Feeling clever? The Washington Post wants to hear from you.

You are invited to submit up to 25 (yup, twenty-five) entries to the Post’s annual obit poem contest: Style Invitational Week 1261: Post Mortems. Here’s the call, with a winning sample, and here’s the submission form.

Entry deadline is midnight Monday, January 15, 2018, so get busy!

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it has begun…

December 1, 2016

Best-of Season

Whatever holiday you choose to celebrate, or even if you ignore the holidays all together, one benefit of the year’s end is that publications offer up their “best-of” literary lists. It has begun, and we’ve created a best-of banner to accompany our listings of lists as they appear here. So, without further delay, let the season begin:

Best-of season

November 21, 2015

Best poety collections

A sure sign of the approaching year-end is the launch of “Best-of” season. Whether you’re gift shopping or simply trying to figure out what to read next, lists of best poetry books can be helpful. More lists will be published in the coming weeks. Here’s Elizabeth Lund’s “Best poetry collections of 2015” from The Washington Post.

KidsPost poetry 2013

Here’s an opportunity for kids ages 5 to 14 with no geographical restrictions: The Washington Post (that’s the other Washington) KidsPost 2014 Poetry Contest. The deadline for entries is 5:00pm on Monday, March 24, 2014, and winning poems will be published in the April 27 edition of KidsPost and on

Read the guidelines on The Washington Post KidsPost.

And don’t forget: The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is currently open for submissions from Whatcom County, Washington, residents of all ages. (See the 2014 Contest page for rules.)

Seussing the headlines…

February 29, 2012

Theodor Geisel and friendsIn honor of what would be the 108th birthday of Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, The Washington Post invites poets to “Write a verse or two of Seuss-inspired poetry about the news…” and post them in the Comments on this article. No deadline mentioned, but the good doctor’s birthday seems a likely target. Happy rhyming!

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