Eighth Annual Poetry Contest
$1,000 Awarded for Poems of Provocation & Witness
Submission Deadline: November 1, 2014
Benefits Split This Rock Poetry Festival
April14-17, 2016—Washington, DC
ABOUT THE CONTEST
Reading Fee: $20 / Deadline: November 1, 2014 / Simultaneous Submissions Okay (See guidelines)
Submissions should be in the spirit of Split This Rock: socially engaged poems, poems that reach beyond the self to connect with the larger community or world; poems of provocation and witness. This theme can be interpreted broadly and may include but is not limited to work addressing politics, economics, government, war, leadership; issues of identity (gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability, body image, immigration, heritage, etc.); community, civic engagement, education, activism; and poems about history, Americana, cultural icons.
ABOUT THE JUDGE: Natalie Diaz
The most recent recipient of the Holmes National Poetry Prize, Natalie Diaz is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community. After playing professional basketball in Europe and Asia for several years, she completed her MFA in poetry and fiction at Old Dominion University. She has been awarded the 2012 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellowship, a 2012 Lannan Residency, and a 2012 Lannan Literary Fellowship. She won a Pushcart Prize in 2013. Her first book, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published in 2012 by Copper Canyon Press. She currently lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, and directs a language revitalization program at Fort Mojave, her home reservation. There she works and teaches with the last Elder speakers of the Mojave language.
ABOUT THE PRIZES
First place recipient receives $500 and the opportunity to read her/his poem at the 2016 Split This Rock festival; second and third place receive $250 each. All three winners receive free 2016 festival registration and their poems published at www.splitthisrock.org. Up to three honorable mentions will receive signed copies of Nude Descending an Empire, Sam Taylor’s newest book.
Submit up to 3 unpublished poems, no more than 6 pages total, in any style, in the spirit of Split This Rock (see “About The Contest”) online at http://splitthisrock.submittable.com/submit. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please notify us immediately if the poem is accepted elsewhere.
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