Events and Happenings Around Town

April is National Poetry Month! Check out some of the fun events happening around town.

Poetry Night at Sitwell’s

These virtual open mics and featured events happen the first Tuesday of every month. Everyone is welcome to attend. Check out their Facebook group or register for their next event.

Cincinnati Word of Mouth Virtual Meetings

The last Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm. The next meeting is April 27th and features contributors from the School for Creative and Performing Arts and the Art Academy of Cincinnati. To learn more and to register for the event, click here to visit their website.

American Academy of Poets Poetry & the Creative Mind Virtual Gala

Each year in April, National Poetry Month, the American Academy of Poets celebrates by hosting a gala highlighting the importance of poetry in our culture. While this event has taken place in person in New York city in the past, this year the event is entirely virtual, allowing anyone anywhere to attend. The event will include readings from numerous public figures, including artists, performers, musicians, and, of course, poets. To learn more about the event and to register, please visit the American Academy of Poets website.

Submission Opportunities


2021 Orchard Street Press Poetry Contest

Orchard Street is running their annual poetry contest. Winners will receive $500, second place receives $300, and third place receives $200. All entries must be post marked by April 30th. Please visit their website for information.


Kakalak 2021 Poetry and Art Contest

Originally a regional anthology highlighting North and South Carolina poets and artists, Kakalak now accepts poetry and art from anyone, anywhere–maintaining the spirit of the Carolinas as a broad brush while including topics not specifics to North or South Carolina. Kakalak is a rich medley of colors and textures–in the language of the poets and the visual depth of the artists. While the journal does not claim a set theme, there’s something truly beautiful in how each issue ties together and creates a balance of dark, serious subjects tempered by poignant, light-hearted humor.

To learn more about the submission process visit their website.

Hindsight 2020 Stories

The journal Hindsight is seeking narrative stories of up to 2000 words for their 2021 book publication. All submissions must be narrative in nature and follow the publication’s guidelines. The deadline is rolling. To learn more and read more about the submission guidelines, please visit their website.

Ends June 30, 2021

$15.00 USD


A prize of $1,500, royalty contract, and publication for a chapbook-length poetry manuscript in perfect-bound print edition. Open to women, or those who identify as women, who have never before published a full-length poetry collection. Previous chapbook publication does not disqualify. International entries are welcome. Multiple submissions are accepted.

Final judge: Leah Maines.

All entries will be considered for publication. The top-ten finalists will be offered publication in the New Women’s Voices Series.

Submit 16 to 40 pages of poetry, PLUS bio, acknowledgments, table of contents, and cover letter with a $15 entry fee.  Please include one title page with your name, and one title page with no name.

Submit by midnight (EST) June 30, 2021

To submit, please visit Finishing Line Press’s Submittable page.


2021 Greater Cincinnati Writers League Poetry Contest

We’re currently in the process of planning our 2021 Poetry Contest. Check back later for more details.