protestpoems.org is a poetry journal entirely devoted to, and fully
committed to, new poetry that tackles human rights issues worldwide.
The journal strives to present the best poems of protest written to
promote freedom of speech and human rights. It is updated fortnightly.
We publish a maximum six poems a month to keep a steady flow of
relevant protests. Although we update the journal often, we are very
selective. We are looking for edge.
The website and mailing lists provide information about persecuted
writers, along with letters of protest ready for our subscribers to cut
and paste. To receive emails (once a month, on average) with protest
information focused on a specific persecuted writer, send an email to
write(at)protestpoems.org. Please write SUBSCRIBE in your subject line.
Planned remaining publication dates for the remainder of 2010 are :
The first 2011 edition will be on 08 Jan 2011
We’re not looking for partisan propaganda. We’re not looking for
party-political mouthings. We’re not looking for sentimental depictions
of what you see on the TV. We’re not looking for rhyming greetings card
We want you to champion, not yourselves, but human rights; the rights
of those who don’t have the freedom to write and speak as we do. Rage.
Celebrate. Mourn. Demand. Scream. Dance.
Formal complaints are especially exciting. There’s something
wonderfully subversive about a villanelle that attacks a government
deliberately making the same mistake over and over again.
If you need to be inspired, read the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights. Then check out any objective newsfeed or news site.
Paste your poems (a maximum of 3 one-page poems), into the body of an
email and send to <write(at)protestpoems.org> (replace (at) with @ when
sending e-mail). If necessary, you can email a single .doc or .rtf file
containing all the poems you are submitting.
Include a brief bio.
We will accept poems previously published on paper, as long as you hold
the copyright. We will not accept poems which are already (or have
previously been) published online (including blogs). We will publish a
poet only once a year.
If your poem deals with a specific call for action, or commemorates a
specific person, please let us know.
We look forward to reading your poems.