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 24 Hour Poetry Marathon

Presenting the winners of the 24 Hour Poetry Marathon!

Congratulations!

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

Hardika Sharma
Cindy Albers
Virginia
Anne McMaster
MelNeet
Wendy Jones
Angel Rosen
Alicia Sophia
earth2joy
Laurie McKay
willjxn
bluemuse
Lexanne Leonard
Leroy Leonard
tobett
Rachel Marco-Havens
Kerry Kelly
Amrutha B Nair
Kaye Vivian
vincentl
Kwills
garethroi
SarahJ
torrimbrown
CeeSie
dextajean
Simona FROSIN
ramonaelke
77poetess
vijaya
Danielle Wong
oatman
Santosha
factorjosh
Gina Surgeon
shirl
Justin Broderway
mhickok
janiceraquelamendonca
James Gromis
elsalovesbooks
megsat
Deborah Dalton
Aaron Conklin
Deanna Ngai
Angie Mountain
varenyas
Katelyn Dunne
Donna
Morgan Taylor
Saki
ccwrites
Jane and Friends
rainmaker
sjduncan
Cynthia Hernandez
afeathers
ladylazarus
AnshuSikchi
acheairs
natoraspen
devikasri
cinwhit
rosemars
AndaM
Renee A. Perkins
sophiag
dscoremans
linst
voldecurt
wormy76
Jan S
mavschick41
starlafahye
AQ
pagancatpoet
susanstedman
enelen13
clairek
mamakris
reenadosswriter
troll
Doc B
bevc721
El Berto
connieburgess
jgershon1213
wendyjones
zoe
ManuDrama
mayurakshichaturvedi
fiona
norabele
Samantha
bejeweledpoetry
garnetrose
dreethestoryteller
efellows

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

I Survived!

You made it! After the first Marathon was completed I came up with the phrase “I survived The Poetry Marathon.” It seems a lot more accurate than the word winning or even the word completing.

Due to popular demand this year we made t-shirts with that saying on it, availble in three colors.

The t-shirt for the event is now available here. There are three different color options. Any money we make (which won’t be much) will go towards future marathons.

I also made two meme images, sharable versions of these are up on our facebook page.

Congratulations Poetry Marathoners!

You did it! Congratulations! I am very impressed! You wrote 24 poems in 24 hours. This is an achievement that few poets ever accomplish. Although if you are a returning marathoner, some of you might be accomplishing it for the second or third time or fourth or even fifth time!

Now you should probably go get some sleep.

After every marathon I have participated in I, have been filled with exhaustion but also a tremendous sense of achievement. I hope you have that too.

In the past I have personally verified that everyone who applied for a certificate was eligible and then I would make a certificate. That is not possible this year and so we will be operating on the honor system.

If you completed the full 24 hour Poetry Marathon please consider the following certificate yours, to update with your name, to print if you choose to do so. We will be taking feedback into consideration, so if you really feel strongly about this new state of affairs please email me at poets@thepoetrymarathon.com to explain your position.

Only use the link below to access the certificate if you have completed the Full Marathon. Congratulations again on your completion of The Poetry Marathon. The version that you will download should be easy to edit and add your name to.

The link to download the editable version is here.

The visual example of what the certificate will look like is right below this text.

Also remember that this year we will be putting together a 2019 Poetry Marathon Anthology.

Submissions will open July 2nd and stay open till the 16th.

All submissions must include two poems, no more, no less. The subject line of all emails must be Poetry Submission. Poems must be included in the body of the email. The email address is  poetrymarathonsubmissions@gmail.com. But do not submit early! You must follow all the instructions below!

All poems submitted must be written during the 2019 Poetry marathon. All poems should be completely edited and contain no major grammatical errors.

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.

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

Digital copies will be made available for free to any contributor. Print copies will be available for a reasonable price and any money that is made from them 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.

Prompt 30, Hour 24

You made it (almost)! Congratulations! Hooray! Now just one more poem to write.

For the final prompt I want you to write a poem with the title of an 70’s or 80’s – pop rock anthem. For example We Are The Champions, Eye of The Tiger, Don’t Stop Beliven’.

 

 

Prompt 26 – Hour 21

The prompt this hour is simple: write a poem about an animal. It can be from the animal’s perspective, or from your perspective.

Prompt 25, Hour 20

We are almost there! This is the hardest part. But it can also be the most rewarding. I want you to read the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot and use any of the lines, words, or phrases it contains, to write your own poem. Make sure to give Eliot credit if you end up using a line of his, by italicizing that line and mentioning the poem and the author after the title of your poem.

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