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Houston Poetry Fest 2019

Submission Guidelines are below and can be found on the Submittable site.  A printable pdf version is here.

Submissions only via Submittable

Direct Link to the Submittable site: houstonpoetryfest.submittable.com/submit

Submissions now open as of Feb 1.

Updated 1/31/2019

Submissions Guidelines

Houston Poetry Fest main events will be held at the Welcome Center of the University of Houston – Downtown, scheduled for October 11, 12 and 13, 2019.

Deadline: May 31, 2019

Submit up to three original poems that total no more than five 8½ x 11 pages, single column, in Times New Roman, 11 point font. Each poem must begin at the top of a new page.

In the space for personal information, which is separate, supply your

There is an $18 submission fee (paid via Submittable).


Poets selected to read as Juried Poets at Houston Poetry Fest will be considered for two awards, donated by friends of poetry (one for women, and one for K-12 classroom teachers):

The Juried Poet Selection Process

The judges see only the poems in each poet's submission, without the name, or any identifying information about the poet. They score each set of poems as a whole. The highest-scoring poets will be selected as Houston Poetry Fest 2019 Juried Poets. Approximately 20 to 25 poets will be selected as Juried Poets.

Each Juried Poet will have

Juried Poets who indicate that they are able to attend Houston Poetry Fest 2019 will also have

Additional copies of the Anthology may be purchased at the event for $15 each. Copies may also be purchased by mail for $17 each ($15, plus $2 shipping and handling), by writing Houston Poetry Fest Anthology Sales, P. O. Box 22595, Houston, TX 77227-2595.

Houston Poetry Fest, an annual celebration of the art of poetry and those who create it, is sponsored by Houston Poetry Fest, a 501c(3) non-profit arts organization, 100% staffed by unpaid volunteers, and is co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Cultural Enrichment Center of the University of Houston – Downtown. The entire event is free and open to the public.




All women selected as Juried Poets are automatically considered for a $250 cash prize established by Sandi Glorfield in honor of the late Lorene Pouncey, one of the founders of Houston Poetry Fest, who passed away December 4, 2011.


All Juried Poets who are K-12 classroom teachers are eligible for the Lucille Johnson Clark Memorial Award. A $100 cash prize is provided to the winner. The award was established by Robert Clark in honor of his late mother, who was a classroom teacher.

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