Call for Submissions

FREE Poetry Contest $500 Prize – Zócalo Public Square, DEADLINE: Feb. 4, 2019

Zócalo Public Square is currently running a free poetry contest with the theme of “Place.” Poets may send up to three poems to

Since 2012, the Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize has been awarded annually to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place. "Place" may be interpreted by the poet as a place of historical, cultural, political, or personal importance; it may be a literal, imaginary, or metaphorical landscape. We are looking for one poem that offers our readers a fresh, original, and meaningful take on the topic.

Zócalo Public Square is a proud affiliate of Arizona State University and is a not-for-profit Ideas Exchange that blends live events and humanities journalism “committed to translating ideas to broad audiences and to engaging a new, young, and diverse generation in the public square.”

Click here for Zócalo Public Square Submission Guidelines.

DEADLINE: February 4, 2019

FORMS:  Poetry


PRIZES: The winning poet in 2018, as judged by the Zócalo staff, will receive $500.

NOTES: Previously unpublished work only.

The winning poem becomes the property of Zócalo Public Square, and the writer may republish the poem at a later date with Zócalo's permission. By entering the contest, the entrant grants Zócalo the right to publish and distribute his or her poem for media and publicity purposes, along with the poet's name and photograph. Writers will be contacted by Zócalo before we publish any submission, either for the contest or on our site.

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