Public Poetry Contests

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

 Welcome.  Public Poetry is on a mission to showcase the enduring power of poetry, conveying poetry’s range, relevance and reach throughout the year.  We proudly present programs that uphold diverse minority voices, layer multiple genres, encourage collaborative possibilities, and provide new opportunities for poets. 

This year we are collaborating with Aurora Picture Show and inviting submissions from Houston area poets and filmmaker/video artists to collaborate on LOCATION: HOUSTON, a poetryfilm project that will be screened at the REELpoetry Festival.  All submissions are free.

Each year we publish a print anthology in the Fall based on a new prompt. The top three poems selected by a panel of notable judges receive cash prizes. We also hold a book launch and readings.  

As for the rest, you can find information about our free monthly reading series, 11 years and going strong; about REELpoetry/HoustonTX, our annual curated international poetry film and video festival; WORDFIRE! workshops; special events and free monthly newsletter on our website:

We'd love to have you become a member. You'll be able to submit an extra poem FREE and enjoy other members-only discounts and benefits throughout the year.  Memberships start at just $8 per month and insure that we continue to be a powerful voice for poetry. 

We look forward to reading your work. 


Public Poetry Contests