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 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 the image for editing 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 2020 Poetry Marathon Anthology.

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

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 But do not submit early! You must follow all the instructions below!

All poems submitted must be written during the 2020 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 2019 Poetry Marathon Anthology was like? Pick up your copy here.

8 thoughts on “Congratulations Poetry Marathoners

  1. Just have a question — early on (like during the first half of the marathon), I decided to focus fully on writing the poems versus writing and posting and editing etc. all at once, so I put away the laptop and picked up pen and paper. My poems were all written during the 24 hours, but as soon as I was done writing I went straight to bed. How long/how much time do we have to get everything we wrote posted on our page? Til the end of today at least I hope? I have to work today too and don’t want to be disqualified for not being able to publish my posts by a certain deadline, if there is one, so can someone please advise? Thank you so much! This was my second marathon and while it seemed much more difficult for me, I sincerely enjoyed every moment once again!

    1. It’s Ok to post after the fact, it just might not be counted by the code Jacob puts together the final list, but send us an email and we’ll verify and add you manually. By the end of today is a good deadline. I’m so glad you participated.

  2. I am so sorry it took me so long to get everything posted, but between needing at least a couple hours of sleep, working unexpected overtime, and the crappiest, most cutting-outest internet connection since the web was invented, it took this long to get them all online. I would email you but i am not sure which email address i need to send this information to, can you please advise me so I can be included in the list of those who completed the full marathon? Thanks so much!!

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