There are plenty of listings online to find a local poetry group or event, such as open mics, readings, poetry slams, poetry societies, and more. Here are some popular listings to get you started.
If you come across any other national type listings, please share the link below in the comments.
Not only a great place to list your poetry event or writing group, but its also a free app for both iPhone and Android devices.
“Download our free app to find readings and author events near you; explore indie bookstores, libraries, and other places of interest to writers; and connect with the literary community in your city or town.”
Search their listings of Meetup groups in your area. Try searching for “poetry,” “slam,” “writers,” “writing,” or anything else you may be interested in.
“Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.”
You can search the registered poetry slam listings by slam name, city, and/or state.
Simple listing of open mics by city, state, or Zip Code.
“Ever been in an unfamiliar city, dying for a place to play tonight? Or at home, new song needing a tryout? Me too. Might be nice to have one comprehensive place to look… so let’s build it. openmikes.org is a listing of music open-mike nights in the US or Canada. Anything open (by invitation, sign-up, etc.) to the general public, where live music may be performed, may be included here.”
The National Federation of Poetry Societies has listings and links to their associated state poetry societies with web sites. Including AL, AZ, AR, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, ME, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NM, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, and WY.
The Poetry Society of America has a broad listing of Literary Organizations. The listing is alphabetical, so you will need to know the name of the organization you are looking for or browse through the listings.
The Academy of American Poets (poets.org) has a listing of all things poetry by state or Zip Code.
“Select your state to find festivals, conferences, writing programs, literary organizations, landmarks, poetry-friendly bookstores, and more in your area.”
Such great information in this article from experienced editors and press founders.
So maybe you’ve started a literary journal or a podcast? Maybe you’ve been rejected by presses and feel that it’s time to start a place that reflects your thoughts on contemporary publishing? Maybe you’re working in an English Department that’s looking to expand their scope? There are lots of reasons for starting a press, but before you do, check out Sundress Publications’ roundtable discussion with independent press editors about the highs and low of indie publishing.
Why did you found your press?
Carly Miller: I think one of the main reasons was to figure out a way to be a literary citizen outside of being writers and past literary magazine editors. When my cofounders and I started the press, we were five MFA graduate students sitting in a deli asking ourselves what books we love and why we love them. We found ourselves discussing literary theory in conjunction with how our favorite…
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This contest is FREE for Brightly Press Facebook followers. Winners take home up to $100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd, and a copy of the anthology for third. This contest is sponsored by the Brightly Press specifically for their Facebook friends, so make sure to LIKE their page before submitting:
How to enter:
1) Submit one to three poems to email@example.com by October 31st. No theme. Open to all styles.
3) If they receive fewer than 30 entries we may extend the submission date.
Prizes – All winners will be published by on the Brightly Press website in addition to the following awards
- 1st Prize – $100 and a copy of Shake The Tree Volume Two (A $30 book that we sell for $15 to provide affordable access to the voices of our time).
- 2nd Prize – $50 and a copy of Shake The Tree Volume Two.
- 3rd Prize – A copy of Shake The Tree Volume Two
DEADLINE: October 31, 2016
PRIZES: 1st = $100 + anthology, 2nd = $50 + anthology, 3rd = anthology
Fabulous article by Karen Craigo on her blog this month about her submission process, how to decide what to submit, packet submission strategies, and some interesting comments on contests. Great advice for anyone sending in their work!
Poetry Super Highway Contest (non-profit)–Judges: Trish Hopkinson (me!), M. Brett Gaffney, and Helen Townsend–$1/Poem fee, DEADLINE: Oct. 1, 2016Posted: September 23, 2016
I’m so excited to be judging this contest this year along with two other talented and wonderful poets, M. Brett Gaffney and Helen Townsend. You can read samples of our work featured in July here. We’ve been receiving some wonderful submissions, so definitely send in your best!
This contest from Poetry Super Highway is a great opportunity for only $1 per poem to enter, especially since you can enter as many poems as you like. And the prize money is not too shabby! Last year the winners (also this year’s judges) took home $450, $270, and $180 for first, second, and third places respectively. There are also several donated books, subscriptions, and such (including the latest issue of Orogeny) that will be distributed to other contest entrants. Their goal is to send something to everyone who enters!
The best part is results will be announced and the winners will be published by the end of October.
This non-profit contest distributes all the entry fees to the winners (except shipping costs for the additional prizes):
First Prize: 50% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH
Second Prize: 30% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH.
Third Prize: 20% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH.
In addition, thanks to sponsor Rolland Vasin, an additional $250, Plus another $20 from an anonymous sponsor, will be added to the entry fees collected and divided with the above percentages among the top three scoring poets.
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to supplement the cash prizes with an impressive array of prizes which would be of interest to poets and writers.
The following prizes will be used to bolster first through third prize as well as distributed to other contest entrants.
Our goal is to be able to send every single person who enters the contest something.
Entering is simple, complete the Entry Form, email your poems, and pay the entry fee.
You’ve still got time to write for this prompt! Submit your poem or short prose to Silver Birch Press by Oct. 15, 2016.
OVERVIEW: Many of you have a prized possession — something with wonderful memories attached, an item of great beauty, or something simple that brings joy (I love my vintage mixing bowls). We want to hear about your prized possession in a poem or story — it could be something you received during your childhood or a knick-knack you found at a yard sale last week, with substantial or little monetary value. We’re looking for poems and stories about concrete objects — so avoid abstract prized possessions (such as health, fitness, or sobriety).
PROMPT: Tell us about your prized possession in a poem (any reasonable length) or prose piece (300 words or fewer — this word limit also applies to prose poems). The piece should tell the reader about your prized possession — how you obtained the item and why it means so much to you. (Just one item — if…
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