Ends on March 17, 2018

$3.00 USD

five80split Poetry Contest Open!!

Art and the Machine

“I am turned into a sort of machine for observing facts and grinding out conclusions.”

- Charles Darwin

Our theme this year is “Art and the Machine.” How are you affected by the global machinery of industry, technology, and the political “machine” of government?

What do you think are the consequences of these types of global machinery? How do machines such as guns influence how we navigate spaces? In what ways have technological forms of communication, such as Facebook and Twitter, altered or reshaped everyday relationships? What role does machinery play in our lives as artists?

Alternatively, you can view this prompt in light of the machine-like consistency and efficiency that we, as artists, must adopt in order to achieve our vision or even just approach our work. What processes (artistic or otherwise) borrow, shape, mold, and command you?

Simultaneous submissions are fine and dandy, just let us know if your work gets accepted elsewhere as soon as possible.

Please pay attention and follow the submission guidelines below.

Contest Guidelines

Poetry Submissions

  • All poetry styles are welcome!
  • All manuscripts must be submitted electronically through Submittable.
  • NO hard copies or emailed copies of work will be considered.
  • You may submit up to three poems
  • Please submit as one PDF, doc, or docx file. Unreadable formats will not be accepted.
  • SUBMISSIONS ARE BLIND! If you include your name anywhere on the submission you will be disqualified. We will have your name and contact information from your Submittable account.


The contest will run from February 1, 2018 to March 17, 2018


Here’s the link! https://580split.submittable.com/submit

Administration Fee 

Entries are $3 each.


Fame and fortune! Well, we can’t promise that, but we do promise that your piece will be featured as a winner when we launch our brand new fancy online journal in May 2018. Also, a little bit of cash is always nice.

Announcement of Winners

Winners will be contacted directly via the contact information in your Submittable account by April 20, 2018.

If you have any questions or need more information, email us at five80split@gmail.com

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