Parks & Points & Poetry

Photo by Derek Wright.

Photo by Derek Wright.

[poh-i-tree]1. the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts 2. literary work in metrical form; verse. 3. prose with poetic qualities. 4. poetic qualities, however manifested. 5, poetic spirit or feeling. 6. something suggestive of or likened to poetry.

In April, we will host an online poetry series in honor of National Poetry Month. We invite poetry submissions that reflect upon nature, outdoor exploration, and accompanying moments of adventurousness or self-reflection. The guidelines for submission and the FAQ are as follows:

Photo by Derek Wright.

Photo by Derek Wright.


Submit 1-3 poems, the name of the location (park, public land, or designated outdoor space) that inspired the poem or poems, and a short bio to, anytime between March 1, 2019 and March 30, 2019. Please submit all of your work in ONE email. You may also include relevant photographs that might accompany your poems on the website.


1. Does my work need to be about a U.S. national park?

No. Although we cover national parks on Parks and Points, this series is about exploring and celebrating the power of nature and the outdoors, and poems can be inspired by a variety of venues and landscapes. That said, we would like to include the name of the location in our short introduction to the writer and the poem, be it a national park, forest, lakeshore or seashore, a state park or natural area, or an outdoor urban space.

2. Can I submit just one poem?

Yes! You can submit one poem you love, or up to three (3).

3.  When will I know if my work has been accepted for publication?
We intend to let writers know during the first week of April, give or take a day or two depending on the volume of last minute submissions.

4. Can I publish my work elsewhere if it is published on Parks and Points?

You retain the rights to your work, but we ask that you credit Parks and Points as the first publisher in subsequent publications of the same poem(s).

5. Will I be compensated?
We will offer an honorarium of $10 per poem.

More questions? Email

Discover more poems from last year's series, by clicking here.