Fall Contest 2021 | October 1 - 31, 2021

Theme:  Nature/Eco Poetry

Have you ever wondered why writers describe the setting of a poem as the “environment”? Setting, mood, and atmosphere all play a powerful role in capturing the essence of a poem. The devil is in the details, as they say -- the concrete details -- and nothing provides vivid imagery like the natural world.

So this month, we’d like to see the strongest nature imagery that you have to offer. We want poems that will transform us. Poems that will capture the transcendence of the natural world and show us the speaker’s place in this world. In the words of Henry David Thoreau, we want to “[take] a walk in the woods and [come] out taller than the trees.”

We want to see the beauty of nature. The brutality of nature. Give us the trilling bluebirds that flitter through the forest, or the shriek of a howler monkey deep in the jungle. Give us the murmur of restless leaves, or the hungry mouth of a yawning tundra.

Or maybe you want to write about the environment, not just as a setting, but as a call to action. If so, then bring us your worst storms. Bring us the ocean that is rising in your backyard. Bring us the smoke that is roiling across the West Coast. The world around you is burning, so write a poem that will save the earth.