Updates for Poetry Marathon 2020: Schedule

The sign up period for the 2020 Poetry Marathon will start on June 8th. It will end on the 23rd, and the marathon itself will start at 9 AM ET on the 27th of June and go till 9 AM on 28th. Half marathoners can start at 9 AM ET or 9 PM ET on the 27th.

During the sign up period we will have an easy to fill out form to apply to participate in the marathon. Most of the applications we will approve. We will answer all submissions in two waves (so probably on the 16th and the 24th and we will help orientate people during these periods. It is important everyone makes sure their login works before the marathon starts.

We are so happy to host again this year and we wish everyone the best of luck!

Updates on the Poetry Marathon 2020

The Poetry Marathon will continue as planned on June 27th, 2020.

We will open to enrollment on the 8th of June and close on the 23rd. The Marathon will start at 9 AM ET, as will the first half-marathon, the second half-marathon will start at 9 PM ET.

We know this is a difficult time for everyone, and we know not everyone will be able to write poetry under this circumstances but we also know a lot of people really want to.

We are not sure if there will be an anthology this year. Even with an editor it puts a lot of work on us, and we are not sure how much we will be up to. Having two young children, a business we both run, and uncertain childcare has us in a difficult situation.

Because of this, we will not be able to participate in the full or the half marathon this year (barring a sudden and entirely unexpected change in the social isolation situation), which has broken both our hearts a little. We in no way want this, but we want to be there to support you.

We are again seeking volunteer leaders, especially for the second half of the marathon, so please reach out to us at poets@thepoetrymarathon.com, if you are up for that

We are also seeking prompts. Caitlin usually writes the majority of them, and she’d very much appreciate the help this year.

If we are a little slower at responding this year – we are sorry – feel encouraged to send us follow up emails. Know that we are trying our best, even if our best is lacking.

The best way to reach us is to send us an email at the above address or to comment on this. Please don’t send FB messages via our personal accounts or the official marathon page. They rarely reach us, and often after the fact.

You are all in our thoughts right now! As always feedback is very much appreciated.

You Are Invited …

You are invited …

Prompt 27 and 28, Hour 22

Write a nature poem set in a city.

or

Write a poem about technology in the context of nature

The other day, I received a wedding invitation,

To a wedding that may seem beyond comprehension,

Technology was the groom, young and dashing,

Nature was the bride, pretty and blushing,

Environmentalists and Technologists and tons of other people,

Attended the wedding and blessed the happy couple,

Wish their bond stays strong forever and ever,

Technology taking care of Nature, that will be a world saver.

Poetry Marathon Anthology – Call for Submissions

Submissions to the 2019 Poetry Marathon Anthology are open now and will stay open through the 16th of July!

Read our guidelines carefully before submitting.

All submissions must include two poems, no more, no less.

All submissions must be made via the email address – poetrymarathonsubmissions@gmail.com

DO NOT email us at the email address we use for all other communication!

Jennifer Faylor is the editor of this years anthology. She resonates with William Carlos Williams’ sentiment “No ideas but in things” and especially appreciates poems with plunging emotional depths.

The subject line of all emails must be Poetry Submission. Poems must be included in the body of the email.

All poems submitted must be written during the 2019 Poetry Marathon. All poems should be completely edited and contain no major grammatical errors. Revisions are allowed and encouraged. Please check your punctuation before submitting. All poems should be single spaced. Any extra space will probably be interpreted as a stanza break. 

The first word of every line should not have a capitalization unless it is intentional! Word has an auto caps feature that you can turn off by following the instructions below.

To turn off automatic capitalization, follow these steps:
  1. Go to Tools. | AutoCorrect Options.
  2. On the AutoCorrect tab, deselect the Capitalize First Letter Of Sentences check box, and click OK.

You must indicate which hour each poem was written in. Only poets who completed the whole or half marathon will be eligible to submit. Also indicate your location. Please include a link to your page on the Poetry Marathon.

Thank you for following the guidelines! I know they might seem a little strict but they make it possible to put together an anthology in a few months. The anthology should be published this fall.

There is no guarantee that by submitting your poem will be selected, although the goal is to include one poem by everyone who submits.

After the poems are published in the anthology all rights return to you.

Digital copies will be made available for free to any contributor. Print copies will be available for a reasonable price (last time it was nine dollars to purchase a copy) and any money that is made from selling the anthology will go towards covering the cost of the marathon.

Want to know what The 2017 Poetry Marathon Anthology was like? Pick up your copy here.

The Winners of the 12 Hour Poetry Half Marathon

Presenting the winners of the 12 Hour Poetry Half Marathon!

Congratulations!

Also – Here’s the list of 24 Hour Poetry Marathon Winners.

(Note that this is a tentative list – if you find any errors, please let me know!)

Caitlin Thomson
Jacob Jans
Jennifer Faylor
sheilas
psarvasy
seema
Harvey Schwartz
wogslandwriter
Britton
SilverQuiver
JC the poet
sarayb
debbiehainey
Janis Martin
Shloka Shankar
Sara Plath
Roy Mark Azanza Corrales
Martin Rodriguez Torrez
Ant
Grace B. Wade Jones
hollydistefano
ellawagemakers
meka
luellen
Tracy Plath
SJHAWLEY
sharonedge
naidanepascuasupnet
Mark Lucker
Maritza
angelatheresaegicwrites
Kevin J. O’Conner
SaskiaLynge
Jo
Bhasha Dwivedi
Kat Kidder
Antonia
friowords
Anwar Suleman
Colleen Schwartz
Melanie Rademaker
grenbisous
cristywatson
janinmarathon
DarlaK
smileyone
eve-mary
Tessa Mountain
viviak
Janettka
Hafeezah
bokononist
diane6446
SarahW
jenniferprattwalter
willowriver44
lindahallstrom
adriana.c.grant
Skay
genawilliams
Anne Paterson
NancyLynn
lisadawn
Lani G
alexdi
Amy Wax
mallikaagnihotri
h-e-m-poetry
HuffPunkMatron
Stef
singlelaq7
selene
tammibelko
alp2003tn
janabrooke1987
kriscleage
MissFitz
Susmita
julieonoh
vickifaye
Noodle
FionaThunderstorm
dvnmskm
Katie
zoelogical
claycrane
Aditi
clairek
LisaAllenHyde
clafollette
anomalousresult
seawitch
jtripp
I.B.Y
authorhj
punkpillywiggin
desertdiane
BloomingFire
AutumnsOnlyone
RobinAnnaSmith
sandraj631968
Ayanna Nahmias
thesassycrayon
pentopapergal
luvmifreely
molliedee
rachel-bryan
jilowill
jillh1980
bayleykelly

Sleepless

Sleep clung
To the edges of my eyelids
And the tips of my fingers,
Begging me to let it stay.
Thunder rocked the house
And lightning lit the room.
My nerves were fried,
My mind alert and on edge.
At 3 am, sleep left me
Did not come back.

8:00 am

Stand Together

We stand together,
Brothers and sisters
Sons and daughters,
Family,
Not just by our own blood
But by the blood of the One
Who died for us.

7:00
-h.e.m.

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