Half Marathon Update


As many of you know we have two official half marathon starting times. One starts at at 9 AM ET on June 26th and go till 9 PM on the 26th and the other starts at 9 PM ET on the 26th and continue to 9 AM on the 27th.

For the first time ever we are also going to allow half marathoners to pick any 12 hour period during the larger 24 hour period that starts at 9 AM ET on Saturday June 26th and goes till 9 AM ET on Sunday the 27th of June. There will be no official start or ending post for these marathoners for logistical reasons (I wouldn’t know where to put them!) but they should always be writing with other marathoners and feel like they are part of the larger spirit of things.

Time zones have long been a concern of ours. The marathon itself is set at times that works for most North Americans, and as the marathon has become more and more international we’ve tried various ways to help international marathoners (by having the two starting periods). We are hoping that this will make a difference.

We’d love to have more options for full marathoners someday but one of our current limitations is simply that 24 prompts (48 this year if you count the image options) is a lot already and it would be hard to keep the spirit alive for a much larger period of time (or monitored with support help). However we are very open to suggestions that would make that possible, this year or in the future.

To sign up go here.

If you are interested in participating please sign up by June 19th! We will get back to applicants on a rolling basis. Most people who apply will be accepted. If you have not heard from us a week after applying please send us an email at poets@poetrymarathon.com. Please do not try and contact us through the FB page

11 thoughts on “Half Marathon Update

    1. I’m not sure I understand the question entirely. One hour per poem does work for most poems and often it takes less than 30 minutes to write one. If occasionally takes longer than that it is OK as long as it not the last poem. Some people write 48 poems in the 24 hours although that is pretty rare.

  1. Hi
    My name is Rosa Lee Lester-Ranson. I grew up in a little town called Homestead in Florida. With eight other siblings and two parents. I am a mother of one daughter Ashanti. My goal is to help as many people as I can in writing good poems with a thought. To inspirer and motivate the broken hearts of many including myself.
    I hope that you as well as myself do great and good with theses 24 poems-24 hours Marathon. So all can see just how greater we are in putting the effort in such platform. To master, and challenge well on into our journey with a purpose. A mission to follow on through while we learn how it goes in a short period of time.
    I wish all of you well and including myself with luck to do good at it.
    My goal is to make this to become one of my biggest achievements in pushing myself forward. A gift that were given for a cause. Just when I were ten and through my adult years. To follow my dream.
    God bless you all.

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