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Calls for Submissions: Poems to Build a Bridge Across Our Fears: 4 Ways to Mark This Fall's Anniversaries


From Split this Rock: Dear Friend,

This fall it will be 10 years since the murderous attacks of September 11, 2001. We'll have a chance to remember that awful day and to mourn the loss of so many lives.

And then, we can take stock of our country's response and ask ourselves: Did we respond to the attacks in the most productive way? Did our response set us on the road to a healthier, safer, more just planet?

Here at Split This Rock, we believe the answer to be self-evident: No. We're waging four (or is it five?) wars, draining the national treasury, cutting essential programs, and succumbing to a climate of fear and mistrust. Every aspect of our response seems deeply, disastrously wrong-headed.

Now, more than ever, we need the poets and other artists to imagine alternatives, to give voice to our deepest hopes and wildest dreams. We need you.

Split This Rock is issuing an Open Call for poems to help us mark this fall's anniversaries: to mourn, to rage, to imagine, to speak out for a new future. We'll choose our favorite poems for Poem of the Week and post some to 10 Years + Counting (see below), inviting peace and social justice groups nationwide to read the poems at their events and to use them in their organizing. This call is open to all, whether or not you have attended a Split This Rock festival or have been previously featured. Please see details here.

Call for Submissions: Split This Rock Poems of Provocation & Witness Contest

bjanepr Split This Rock Announces its Fifth Annual Adult Poetry Contest Benefits Split This Rock Poetry Festival March 22-25, 2012 - Washington, DC

$1,000 Awarded for Poems of Provocation & Witness Naomi Shihab Nye, Judge

Naomi Shihab Nye will be featured at the 2012 Split This Rock Poetry Festival. She is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes. Her books of poetry include 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, Red Suitcase, Words Under the Words, Fuel, and You & Yours (a best-selling poetry book of 2006). She has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow. She has received a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, four Pushcart Prizes, and numerous honors for her children’s literature, including two Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards. In 2010 she was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets.


  • First place receives $500; second and third place receive $250 each.
  • Winners receive free 2012 festival registration.
  • The 1st-place winner will be invited to read the winning poem at Split This Rock Poetry Festival, 2012.
  • Winning poems will be published here, at


  • Deadline: November 1, 2011 (postmark)
  • Reading Fee: $20 – Reduced Recession Rate!

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.

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For info on the youth poetry contest: