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Abortion Rights Poetry Contest Judged by Katha Pollitt Now Open

November 14, 2014

Grantee News from Split This Rock:

Split This Rock and Abortion Care Network’s Fourth Annual Abortion Rights Poetry Contest

With Special Guest Judge:
Katha Pollitt

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Deadline: Before midnight (EST), January 5, 2015

Prizes: First place $100; 2nd place $75; 3rd place $50

Free to enter.

The Abortion Care Network (ACN), a national organization of independent abortion providers and prochoice supporters, and Split This Rock, a national organization that celebrates poetry that provokes social change, announce our Fourth Annual Abortion Rights Poetry Contest, to be held in conjunction with ACN’s annual conference in March 2015.

About the Judge: Katha Pollitt is a renowned polemicist, poet, and feminist. She is currently touring the U.S. to promote her new book Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights (2014), a defense of abortion as a social good. She is also the author of numerous collections of essays and poems, including the critically-acclaimed Antarctic Traveler (1982) and The Mind-Body Problem (2009).

Poem Themes: We are looking for poems about the various experiences of people who seek abortion and other reproductive services. For some, there is safety, relief, and good medical care. For others, there is doubt, harassment, and stigma. For all, health care takes place in a politicized context in which even the most basic choices about our bodies, sexuality, and childbearing can be scrutinized. Reproductive rights are also linked to a whole host of other social issues, such as economic status and the accessibility of safe, affordable health care.

Prizes: First place $100; 2nd place $75, and 3rd place $50.
Winning poems will be published on All winners will have their poems transformed into handcrafted artistic booklets to be distributed to all conference attendees and will be published in the Abortion Care Network’s quarterly newsletter, The Provider. The first place recipient will also be invited to read the winning poem at the ACN’s annual conference.

Submission guidelines:
Submit up to 3 poems, no more than 6 pages total, in any style, related to the aforementioned themes.
Please only one entry per poet.
No entry fee.
Previously print published poems are acceptable, but not on the web.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please inform us immediately at if the poem has been accepted for publication elsewhere.
Poets from any part of the U.S. may submit, but we regret that no travel funds will be provided for the first place poet to read at the annual meeting.
Split This Rock subscribes to the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses Contest Code of Ethics.
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