Events and Happenings Around Town

There lots of fun poetry events going on around town! Check out some of them below.

Women Writing for (a) Change V-Day 2021: Raise the Vibration

Join Women Writing for (a) Change as they present their 9th annual V-DAY: Raise The Vibration event and stand up against gender-based violence.

Show your support for members of the WWf(a)C and Greater Cincinnati community as they share poetry, essay, letter, memoir, humor and musical pieces reflecting the lived experience of the author. These readings will both celebrate our sexuality and enjoin us to fight harassment, abuse, and violence.

This year’s V-DAY event will be presented virtually, for one night only, on February 20th from 7:00 to 9:30 pm ET. GCWL members are among the artists slated to perform. For more information, visit WWf(a)C’s website.

29th Annual Caden Blincoe Festival

Thomas More University’s Creative Writing Vision program will carry on the 29th Caden Blincoe Outloud Festival, this year featuring great literature from Thomas More faculty, artists-in-residence, and students.  Over many years, this event has drawn authors and literary aficionados from all over the region. The event is scheduled for Sunday, February 21st from 2-3:15 pm over video conferencing.  This event is free and open to the public. Check out the flyer below for more information and click here to register.


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 February 23rd and features poet Ray McNiece (pictured below) and an open mic. Click here to register and learn more about the event.


Poetry, Science, and the Imagination

Hosted by Brian Volck in association with Image Magazine, this series features hour long sessions in March with poets, scientists, philosophers, and theologians. To learn more or to register, visit their website.




Submission Opportunities


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.