The Slamming Bricks Slam Poetry Competition was started in 2019 by LGBTQ+ slam poet, Caleb Ferganchick, to explore resistance and liberation in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Poets from all over the American West competed in four rounds of poetry in a battle for the brick. This year, with support from the Western Colorado Writers’ Forum and Colorado Arts in Society, the first Slamming Bricks anthology will be created to include poems from this year’s Slamming Bricks poets, as well as poetry and/or black-and-white artwork submissions from poets and artists identifying as LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and/or AAPI. All poetry and artwork submissions should explore themes of resistance and liberation in some way.
Who: All LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and/or AAPI poets and artists, ages 12 and up.
Call for Submissions: Poems and/or black & white artwork exploring themes of resistance and liberation in some way. You may submit multiple poems, but only one will be included per person, except for the slam poets participating in the slam poetry competition. You may also submit multiple pieces of black-and-white artwork. More than one piece of artwork may be included per person depending on the number of artwork submissions.
Format: Be sure to include your name for your entry to be included in the anthology. Be sure to include poetry in the format you want it to appear in the anthology. All efforts will be made to keep the formatting as it is in the original submission file, but by submitting a poem, you agree that we can reformat it without your prior consent. Artwork should be submitted in the highest quality format possible for reproduction purposes (jpeg, png files accepted).
No entry fee and NO PLAGIARISM. By submitting your work, you agree and confirm that we can publish your piece in the anthology. You may submit your work and publish it elsewhere in addition to submitting it to this anthology. Rights remain yours. If your work is that of plagiarism, you agree to take full responsibility legally and otherwise for work you have claimed is originally yours.
Deadline: July 31st, 2021 (or earlier if all spaces are filled)
Release Date: September 11, 2021
The anthology will be sold at the Western Colorado Pride Fest and Slamming Bricks Slam Poetry Competition on September 11, 2021. It will also be available for purchase online. Proceeds from the sale of the anthology will support the Western Colorado Writers’ Forum, which helps fund the annual Slamming Bricks Slam Poetry Competition.
Everyone who has a poem or artwork included in the anthology will receive a free ebook copy of the anthology.
Send poetry and artwork submissions to:
(Editor of the anthology) at
For more information on the Slamming Bricks Slam Poetry Competition, check out: