First Line Poetry Contest Series
AQP is running a series of contests (a total of 4 calls) that challenge poets to compose an original work that incorporates a first line from a poem by a well-known poet. The line you must use will be announced in each call. Our first call (Call #1, ended on September 30) asked poets to compose an original poem that includes the following line from “Dedication for a Plot of Ground” by William Carlos Williams: This plot of ground
Call #2 was from Emily Dickinson: A not admitting of the wound
Call #3 starts now:
Compose an original poem that includes the following line from "kitchenette building" by Gwendolyn Brooks:
We are things of dry hours and the involuntary plan
Your poem does not have to start with the line (though it can), it just has to appear somewhere in your work. (Please be sure to read the original poem! Your poem can reflect some of the meaning, tone, or voice of the original but does not have to.)
The last call will be announced in December.
The winning poems and finalists for each call will be published in a print anthology, out in 2020. One winning poem in each call will be awarded $50 and two additional copies of the print anthology.
Please submit 1-2 poems of any style for Call #3 by November 30, 2019. The call will end at 11:59 PM on the 30th, EST. Please do not email the editors after the call has closed to ask that your submission be considered. Once the form is closed, it is officially too late to submit. If you have submitted to any of the previous calls, you are still welcome to submit to call #3, just note "Call 3" in your cover letter or subject line. Submission fee of $5. Simultaneous submissions are welcome as long as you notify us as soon as possible if your poem has been accepted elsewhere. Previously published poems are not acceptable.