Anthology Submissions are Open

Submissions to the 2021 Poetry Marathon Anthology are open now and will stay open through the 25th of July!

We our pleased to announce that our editor this year is

Read our guidelines carefully before submitting.

All submissions must include two poems, no more, no less. Only one submission per person.

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 communications!

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 2021 Poetry Marathon. All poems should be completely edited and as much as possible contain no major grammatical errors. Revisions are allowed and encouraged before submitting. Please check your punctuation. 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 and any money that is made from selling the anthology will go towards covering the cost of the marathon.

Poems should be cut and pasted into the body of the email. If the formatting is important you can attach it as .doc or .docx.

This year’s anthology editor is Cynthia Hernandez.

Cynthia Hernandez experiences life as poetry and expresses it through writing, photography, visual arts, and her relationships. Born and raised in Washington State, Cynthia has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with rain, sun, wind, trees, rivers, lakes, mountains, and the vast waters of the Puget Sound. When not writing, taking photos of birds, flowers or sunsets, or throwing herself into her work at King County government, Cynthia can be found in conversation, celebration and presence with her son Gabe, family, and friends. Cynthia has self-published two collections of poetry and is working on a third. She has thrice completed the full Poetry  and looks forward to it each year. .

A few words from this Cynthia Hernandez:
Congratulations Poets! Whether you completed the Half Marathon or the Full, doing so is a great accomplishment– and hopefully a ton of fun and a chance to connect.  When thinking about your two submissions, I know it’s often a tough decision. To help you choose, here are a few things you might consider: the anthology is a collection representative of the process of the marathon, the practice of writing, and the sharing of something about yourself with the community of poet participants, and with the readers of the collected poems. As is true with all art, there is value both to the process and to the product, value both to the artist and to the consumer of art. We get to choose what we want to share. What readers take away from what we share is up to them. And you can’t imagine how much appreciation or inspiration or insight or enjoyment your poetry may bring to its readers. Seek input from fellow poets, friends, or family if you wish, but know that there is not a wrong choice. Congratulations again! I look forward to reading your submissions, and I will be in touch with results as soon as I can and typically within a week or two. Please be attentive to the submission requirements to facilitate smooth and timely processing! It’s going to be a great anthology!

 

Announcing the Winners of the 2021 Poetry Marathon

I am pleased to present the wonderful poets who successfully wrote 24 poems in 24 hours, a truly remarkable achievement.

The poets are not listed in any particular order, but they are all particularly impressive for the incredible feat of endurance and creativity they completed. Also, keep in mind that the counting may not be perfect. If I missed someone, please let me know by emailing poets@thepoetrymarathon.com

Included here are also those wonderful poets who successfully challenged themselves to write 12 poems in 12 hours; giving themselves a full day of creative endeavoring.

24 Hour Poetry Marathoners 12 Hour Poetry Marathoners
bjsteinshouer
willjxn
BlueMuse
waldomaui
TobeTT
Shirl
Sunraypeak
plath2.0
TorriMBrown
dextajean
Kristynateach
InkSpiller
Simona
KGBusch04
Kim Smart
KerryValkyrieBaldockKelly
Jill1980
MarkLucker
KofiAcquah1
MHickok
rranson@02
PropagandaPoet
dwong
BhashaDwivedi
RarzackOlaegbe
SarahJ
Santosha
katiedunne
JaneAndFriends
janis
Susmita
reenadoss
novamarie
Jess
AnjanaSen
jvstanley
Baaaaa
jarrodfouts
Caitlin Thomson
Impowerwriter
Anne McMaster
MelNeet
poeticus
SilverQuiver
earth2joy
SaraAnderson
LaurieMcK
obidity
MaritzaM.Mejia
BrettDyer
RamonaElke
vijaya
NancyPagh
AmiO
factorjosh
TeriHarroun
akilday
Elsalovesbooks
megsat
D2MOTIVATE
AaronConklin
dngai70
AngieMountain
varenyas
AceShannon36
Tessellation
rainmaker
sjduncan
cynderh
cinwhit
AndaM
lyajoy
DSCoremans
LinsT
Wormy76
mavschick41
DocB
jgershon1213
JLNash
AutumnsOnlyone
BloomingFire
Sandraj631968
efellows
LuvMiFreely
JRTurek
ChristinaSng
Ivan
Aygaius
gmazul
ofuma
erinemerick45
KendraReynolds
SandyLender
prachishah
Jazzgreensuds
margpeg73
TheBootlegBodhisattva
jonesy1922
PhilosophyMom
blissfilledislandlife
Enscriptor
Ipsita
PhilipV.Coombs
HiralBagadia
tarinprn
OhulanCutash
13-Shenanigans
Foxling
KikaMan
thryaksha
MagSatPhD
williamtatro
Nandiya
RajaniNair
Valley2
amlcrabtree
yeetthesystem
mrsdkrebs
Koso
CoffeyWrites
allisonshoe
kimsmartauthor
Cinzia
joshidivyesh99
ErmelindaMakkimane
bennerad
alexaimeekist
themorningreads
wordsofbee
virginiastark
afeathers
Roxann
Rebeli007
VidyaShankar
Renae Ogle
DPuterbaugh

MarinaZerdali
mmesomafrancis
justlei
ChelleA
poet556
RobbieWest
Britton
SundarWalker
Amana
Danielle Martin
GitaBharath
Melissa
Linda Hallstrom
77poetess and Mitch
JoyceB
jnslwkshp
sharonedge

rheakumar11
KJR-Kidder
Stef
Dvnmskm
SolapeAdeyemi
BritS
mildandred
CarolProst
KathyPon
PursuingPerfection
AprilZoe
Jacob
Michellia
jennifervera
Harvey Schwartz
itexner
Laurak
jwalker15
pgerber
shloks89
EllaWagemakers
meka
jsweeder
SheilaS
SJHAWLEY
naidanepascuasupnet
leximagines
storts
denisehill
dohamonde
psarvasy
kevinjoconner
JadeIguana
JaneR
Kaili
Aisha154
Friowords
AnwarSuleman
AlenaCasey
EvelynElaineSmith
jemarek
ColleenSchwartz
CristyWatson
SmileyOne
treal1971
Richardosler
JohnnyG
SarahW
canyonwriter
willowriver44
adriana.c.grant
AnshuSikchi
Annej
supertina19
HuffPunkMatron
TammiBelko
JanaBrooke1987
kriscleage
claycrane
merryafoot
authorHJ
rachelmarcohavens
@voldecurt
jdgbp
DesertDiane
MrsLibertyRock
jilowill
Karen
Rootedphoenix
BarzeusMolen
afarmer
shivee41
MaryEugeneP.Flores
kateadams
mahimagiri
Skay
BlueHeronWrites
JoaquinCapehart88
S.Azule
VidhiAshar
hundhg
NgoziAndrew
miggy
najain
Shjava
sdhpdx
AnanyaPanwar
SabinahAdewole
denisiarocks
BrendaDeHaan
BrianHasson
Aishwarya13
debrathewriter
RebeccaResinski
christinatangbernas
KarenMandell
Nasiha.S
weliveaswedream
Meganwrites
YuLan
Nevermore74
maskofpoetry
farahkaltz@gmail.com
JoPangolin
irislevin
natarajng
Raquel7
DaveHirsh
Riley.Mcilveen
oxmtch11
hgb123
Double-AA-battery
katighe
AlivePoetsSociety
ManoshiBose
MaxineWiseWrites
TinaBlondino@gmail.com
CWasemScott
peaflowertea
Mbsmitty75
bwayne
elorandos
Wilddog
Bavishya
dantighe
KatrinaM
Jareljennings
mlougheed
GentlemanBrute
damoore943
punkhippypoet
HannahGrace
MWW522
THOMAS
Farzana
featherstonej
Aishatonu

 

The following poets fell just short of 24 poems in 24 hours. Though they didn’t quite finish the full marathon, they deserve special recognition for more than completing the half, and coming so close to finishing the full marathon. (And if I somehow missed one of your poems, in my counting, please let me know!!!)

rachelmarcohavens
@voldecurt
jdgbp

I Survived the Poetry Marathon

The following images are part of the Poetry Marathon Tradition. They are for you to do with what you want, but they are often used as a way to celebrate your success.

The official list of everyone who completed the half marathon and the full marathon will be released in the next few days. Remember if you are not on the list it probably has more to do with our algorithm than with you, and please reach out so we can correct it.

 

 

 

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, fifth or even sixth 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.

Click on the link below, and save the PowerPoint file to your computer, add a text box. Type in your name, then save as a JPEG.

The link to the Powerpoint for editing.

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

Also this year we will be putting together a 2021 Poetry Marathon Anthology.

Submissions will open July 6th and stay open till the 25th.

Full anthology submissions details will be available on the 6th. All submissions must be written during the 2021 Poetry Marathon.

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 2020 Poetry Marathon Anthology was like? Pick up your copy here.

Congratulations Second Half Marathoners

Congratulations 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. If you need any help altering the certificate please email me at poets@thepoetrymarathon.com

Click on the link below, and save the PowerPoint file to your computer, add a text box. Type in your name, then save as a JPEG.

Congratulations again on your completion of The Half Marathon.

Here is a direct link to the Powerpoint for editing.

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

Also this year we will be putting together a 2021 Poetry Marathon Anthology.

Submissions will open July 6th and stay open till the 25th.

Full anthology submissions details will be available on the 6th. All submissions must be written during the 2021 Poetry Marathon.

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 2020 Poetry Marathon Anthology was like? Pick up your copy here.

Prompts for Hour Twenty-Three

Text Prompts

G.K. Chesterton once wrote “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”

Use this as a prompt to write about cheese. If you’re looking for a little extra inspiration look no further than Benjamin Garcia’s wonderful Bliss Point or What Best Can be Achieved by Cheese.

Image Prompt

These long exposure photographs of fireflies in a Japanese forest are the image prompts for this hour.

and just in case those don’t work for you

Prompts for Hour Twenty-One

Text Prompt

An ode is a formal address to a person, place, or thing, not present. An irregular ode does not have a traditional form but the manner largely retains the tone and thematic elements of the classical odes.  There’s a wonderful example poem here, called an Ode to Shea Butter by Angel Nafis.

Image Prompts

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