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National Poetry Month

Contests, prompts, anthologies and more

April is our favorite month. Every year, the Piper Center celebrates National Poetry Month with daily prompts featured on our social media platforms, weekly Instagram giveaways, poetry drop-in sessions and an online anthology of our favorite entries! Follow along by using hashtag #PiperPoetryMonth.

To learn more about Piper Poetry Month, you can read the 2020 anthology

Piper Center Poetry Prompts

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing with daily prompts! Each prompt is written by a local author in partnership with the Center. Find our 2021 prompts this April by going to our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter feeds.

Enter the Contest to be featured in our 2021 online anthology

Thank you for your interest in submitting to the Piper Center's Poetry Month contes! To submit your work to the contest:

  1. Select a prompt you'd like to respond to by visiting our social media feeds
  2. Write a poem in response to the prompt you've selected
  3. Tag us on Facebook (@PiperCenter), Instagram (@pipercenter) or Twitter (@piper_center) or by using the hashtag #PiperPoetryMonth
  4. Submit up to 3 poems in a single .pdf by completing our submission form

Submit to the Contest

More Information 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Coordinator, Outreach Programs M. McDonough at m.mcdonough@asu.edu.

We can't wait to read your work!

Guidelines and Details

Please title your .pdf the title of your first poem in all lowercase without any spaces (e.g. "myfirstpoem.pdf"). No identifying information should appear anywhere in the body of the document. All submissions should be blind. In addition, all poems should identify the prompt to which they are responding by number or direct quotation. 

All submissions will receive a confirmation email from the Piper Center upon receipt. 

The deadline for all submissions is May 15, 2021. Individuals should expect to hear back from the Piper Center regarding their submissions in early July. The anthology will be released in Fall 2021.

Selected poems will be published in a digital anthology. All individuals who have poems selected for publication will receive a free Piper Writers Studio class of their choice. (Some exclusions may apply.)

 

Amber McCrary

Poetry Month Drop-In Host 2021
NEA Big Read Partner 2021
Write Here, Write Now Instructor 2020

Amber McCrary is a Diné poet, zinester, feminist and artist. She is Red House born for Mexican people. Originally from Shonto, Arizona and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. In the small town of Flagstaff is where she discovered her love for Punk Rock and the Do it Yourself Culture. She earned her BA from Arizona State University in Political Science with a minor in American Indian Studies. She received her MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry at Mills College.
 

Dr. Katie Berta

Poetry Month Drop-In Host 2021

Katie Berta currently lives in Tempe, Arizona and works as the Managing Editor of The Iowa Review. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, The Kenyon Review Online, The Iowa Review, Blackbird, The Rumpus, Sixth Finch, Redivider, Massachusetts Review, Green Mountains Review, and The Offing, among other magazines.

 

Sean Avery

Poetry Month Drop-In Host 2021
Desert Nights, Rising Stars Fellow 2020

Sean Avery is a gamer and Hip-Hop nerd, who’s only wish in our world is to watch an unproblematic, Black sci-fi TV show. Until then, they toil as a Cultural Worker and Digital Organizer for the prison abolitionist people’s movement, Mass Liberation Arizona, while also creating rap, poetry, prose, and performance. Their work questions the limits of Black masculinity, media (mis)representation, and personal narrative. 

 

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tanner menard

Poetry Month Drop-In Host 2021
Desert Nights, Rising Stars Faculty 2021
Desert Nights, Rising Stars Moderator 2020
Get Lit Host 2020

tanner menard is a poet & composer who bends genres into something useful for hypnosis. They are a member of the Atakapa/Ishak Nation & a Louisiana Creole. tanner's experimental sound art has been published internationally & their poetry has twice nominated for a pushcart prize. tanner's work has always been healing adjacent & in their personal life they are dedicated being a complete being.