Welcome to the Marin Poetry Center Submittable page!

We offer two opportunities: the High School Anthology, for students in grades 9-12, and the Members' Anthology, for current MPC members. A little bit about each:


High School Anthology

The contest is open to any high school student (grades 9-12) residing in the San Francisco Bay Area (not limited to Marin County). We are working hard to reach underrepresented students whose writing has not been included in past contests or anthologies. Please read all guidelines prior to submission.

Submission Period: November 30, 2022 – March 7, 2023

Editors: Erin Rodoni 

Contest Judge: Joan Baranow


Members' Anthology

Open to any current member of Marin Poetry Center. To renew your membership or to join for the first time, please visit our website: https://marinpoetrycenter.org/join-us/ This year there is no theme; rather, we are looking for poems that play, experiment, push both you and us into new territory and out of our comfort zones. Surprise us! Please read all guidelines prior to submission.

Submission Period: January 17, 2022 - March 17, 2022
Editor: Siân Killingsworth
Associate Editor: Linda Michel-Cassidy

Guidelines for the 2023 High School Poetry Contest and Anthology

The contest is open to any high school student (grades 9-12) residing in the San Francisco Bay Area (not limited to Marin County). We are working hard to reach underrepresented students whose writing has not been included in past contests or anthologies.

Submissions are limited to 3 poems per student. All poems should be organized in a single document (pdf preferred to preserve formatting, but doc/docx is also acceptable), with each poem beginning on a new page. No identifying information should be included in this document or in the file name.

Poems should be no longer than 2 pages* using a 12-point plain font

*We have increased the page limit from 1 to 2 pages, but this will be a strict limit. Poems that use columns to get around the page limit will be disqualified. If you use columns, make sure it is a formal choice that adds meaning to the poem, for example the poem can be read both horizontally and vertically.

Please address any questions to: highschool@marinpoetrycenter.org

There are no restrictions on subject, form, or theme.

Submissions will be judged on:

  • Courage of expression
  • Originality of language
  • Skill in poetic technique

At least 50 poems will be selected for inclusion in the anthology, and those poets will be invited to participate in an awards ceremony and reading in spring of 2023 (date and time TBA).

Additionally, our esteemed judge Joan Baranow, an award winning poet and Founder of the MFA program at Dominican University, will select 3 winning poems and at least 3 honorable mentions.

There are monetary prizes for the winners:

1st place: $200

2nd place: $100

3rd place: $75

Marin Poetry Center