Split This Rock’s Annual Poetry Contest serves to raise the visibility and prestige of poetry of provocation and witness. Judged this year by Sheila Black, past judges have included Rigoberto González, Natalie Diaz, Kyle Dargan, Mark Doty, Naomi Shihab Nye, Tim Seibles, Jan Beatty, and Chris Abani. Submissions should be in the spirit of Split This Rock: socially engaged poems, poems that reach beyond the self to connect with the larger community or world. Up to 3 poems may be submitted and there is a $20 reading fee which benefits Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poetry of Provocation & Witness. First place receives $500; 2nd and 3rd place, $250 each. All three prize winners will receive free Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2018 registration and have their poems published in* The Quarry http://www.splitthisrock.org/poetry-database,* our online social justice database. Additionally, the first place winning poet will be invited to read on the main stage with other featured poets at the festival. The contest deadline is November 1, 2016. More information can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/285862891768721/, at Submittable https://splitthisrock.submittable.com/submit, and on the 2017 Poetry Contest web page http://www.splitthisrock.org/programs/contests-awards/2017-poetry-contest. Past winners can be found by visiting The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database http://www.splitthisrock.org/poetry-database, clicking “Contest-Winning Poems,” and then clicking “Annual Poetry Contest.”
Oakland Arts Review, a literary journal produced by undergraduates and which features only undergraduate work invites submissions.
Students may submit poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scripts, graphic narratives, as well as artwork for our cover. There is no submission fee and they can submit online at our website: www.oaklandartsreview.com https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.oaklandartsreview.com_&d=DQMFaQ&c=aqMfXOEvEJQh2iQMCb7Wy8l0sPnURkcqADc2guUW8IM&r=xMXgvGR4H2nY3H60-WWuHsrO003wQtziHNk8qAA3D9k&m=XXJeuvQbKHU8KAgCajW2zOwCpythSeiynlE9iF3HkCA&s=Zu2Mn6rpACmPm4Btalu7g95Q0TCo--xnlMmwC_Aqr_8&e=. Submissions are accepted year round, but we will start considering work in October and will finalize decisions for our second issue by November.
We are also excited to offer a prize this year—the *Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prize in Poetry and Nonfiction*. Winners must be undergraduates currently enrolled in degree granting colleges in the United States, and awards will be given to the best essay and poem that addresses the experience of being Muslim in America. While the authors would not have to identify as Muslim to be awarded the prize, each piece must in some way speak to the experience — joys and challenges — of being Muslim in America today, or describe components of the American Muslim experience in ways that educate and inform our readers. It is free to enter. The first prize in each category will be $500 and publication in OAR, and the second prize will be $300 and publication.