Anthology Submissions are Open!

Submissions to the 2017 Poetry Marathon Anthology are open now and will stay open through the 15th!

Read our guidelines carefully before submissions.

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

All submissions must be made via our email address (poets@thepoetrymarathon.com).

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 2017 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, while having a child and a job that pays the bills.

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 (last year it was 8 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 2016 Poetry Marathon Anthology was like? Pick up your copy here.

The Future of the Poetry Marathon

Many of the posts and comments I read refer to next year’s Poetry Marathon. Jacob and I even use this phrase when talking to each other, and then we catch ourselves.

The poetry marathon has been going for five good years now. We love participating in the challenge, we love having this amazing supportive creative community, but also it is a lot of work.

When we started it we were a young married couple. We might have thought we had a lot of responsibilities at the time, but frankly we did not. We had plentiful free time for the most part. Each year though we accumulated more responsibilities – a growing business,  a dog, more community involvement, a house, also there were always health problems, but they seemed manageable, temporary even.

Then two years ago we had a wonderful little one. This year we faced a health crisis. I don’t know what else to call it without revealing more about it. It is something we will always have to deal with, even though hopefully it will be better in the future.

But still we pushed forward thinking this would be the last year maybe. And the way it currently is it is unsustainable. Unless our life was to get dramatically easier in the next year it just won’t be possible to put the kind of time in we do every year.

So here are our options going forward as we see it.

  1. We find one (or possibly two) person who can take on up to 75% of the work. This person would be in charge of things like writing emails, answering questions, doing the occasional blog post, etc. We would still cover the costs of hosting the website and help where we could in terms of technology, image making, and prompts. We would also provide a clear outline of what needed to be done. If this happened the agreement would just be to try it for one year and see how it goes.
  2. We take a year off and hope that enough improves to attempt hosting the following year. We did this once before because we were between homes in the summer. This was the year between the first and second marathon.
  3. People take it into there own hands and have their own marathons linking to our website for idea credit.

2 & 3 of course could happen together. What do you think? We really are a community and we really want to hear feedback and opinions.

This Year’s Marathon Winners!

I just spent the morning compiling the list of winners of the poetry marathon and half marathon. I’ve linked to the all of the participants pages below. Note, there may be a few names missing –– if you’re not on the list and should be, please let us know! (poets@thepoetrymarathon.com)

––Jacob

The 2017 Poetry Marathon Winners

95 Poets successfully wrote 24 poems in 24 hours

 

The 2017 Poetry HALF Marathon Winners:

123 Poets Wrote Successfully Wrote 12 Poems

 

 

I Survived!

Every year I make the same two meme’s for everyone who participated in the poetry marathon and half marathon. This year I added a third meme, just because I thought it was funny.

Poetry Marathon Part 2

Poetry Marathon Part 2

Poetry Marathon Part 2

Congratulations Poetry Marathoners!

Poetry Marathon Part 2

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 even fourth 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 Marathon Certificate

To see what the certificate looks like before downloading, there is the following example image:
Poetry Marathon Part 2

 

Also remember that this year we will be putting together a 2017 Poetry Marathon Anthology.

Submissions will open August 10th and stay open till the 15th.

All submissions must include two poems, no more, no less. All submissions must be made via our email address (poets@thepoetrymarathon.com). 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 2017 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 2016 Poetry Marathon Anthology was like? Pick up your copy here.

 

Congratulations Second Half Marathoners!

Poetry Marathon Part 2

Congratulations Second Half Marathoners! I am so happy that you have completed 12 poems in 12 hours! That is wonderful. Thank you for joining us in this madness.

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 Poetry Half 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 clink on the link below and download the edit ready certificate if you completed The Half Marathon. Congratulations again on your completion of The Half Marathon.

half marathon certificate (Link to download the editable certificate).

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

Poetry Marathon Part 2

Also remember that this year we will be putting together a 2017 Poetry Marathon Anthology.

Submissions will open August 10th and stay open till the 15th.

All submissions must include two poems, no more, no less. All submissions must be made via our email address (poets@thepoetrymarathon.com). 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 2017 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.

Prompt for Hour Twenty Four

Hooray! You are almost there! This is the last prompt!

Write a poem about the view out your window right now, this view can be real or imagined, so if you don’t have a window, you can imagine that too.

 

 

Prompt for Hour Twenty Three

Write a poem about someone or something you miss. The fact that you miss this person or thing can be mentioned in the poem or it can be left out.

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