Poets 11 Returns: Open Submissions!

SF_Districts_color_neighborhoods-2012Poets, get your pens— we’re pleased to announce Poets 11: 6th Edition!  Our citywide poetry contest and reading series collects poems from every San Francisco neighborhood and features poetry readings at branch libraries in each of the City’s 11 districts.

Submissions open now through June 15th, 2016

Local poets are encouraged to submit up to three poems.  Poetry is chosen by poet-in-residence Jack Hirschman and selected poets are announced at each SFPL branch event.  All types of poetry are accepted.  Writings which reflect San Francisco’s diversity of language and culture and those written in languages other than English are highly encouraged.

Selected poets will be presented with a $50 honorarium and their poems will be published in an anthology.  Now in its sixth iteration, Poets 11 continues to celebrate San Francisco’s rich literary life and thriving poetry community.

Beginning this summer, selected poets will take the microphone and share their works in a variety of languages and topics.  Eleven events will take place at branch libraries, concluding with a final event featuring all participating poets at the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium in the fall.


  • Must be 18 or over to participate.
  • Must reside in one of San Francisco’s 11 Districts.
  • Submissions must include a return address, email or phone number and district number for response.
  • The deadline for all submissions is June 15th, 2016.

Poets can submit up to three poems by email to:


or by mail to:

Readers Bookstore Fort Mason
ATTN: Poets 11
2 Marina Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94123

To download the submission form please visit our website here.

For more information please call (415) 626-7500 or email info@friendssfpl.org

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