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We are very pleased to announce that RockPaperPoem is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  For the past few months, we have been working diligently to establish ourselves as a nonprofit entity, and the IRS has now confirmed our status.

What does this mean for our journal, our contributors, and our readers? A nonprofit status gives us the ability to apply for certain grants and accept tax-deductible donations to eventually expand our programs, services and offerings for you, our constituents.

Later this year, we hope to have a “Donate” area on our website to allow readers who like what they see, to financially support and encourage our future growth. All of us on the RPP team are volunteers, so every donated dollar will go toward operating expenses and further development of RPP.

Stay tuned to learn more about future enhancements to RockPaperPoem!

We will re-open for submissions on May 15, 2023 and close on June 30, 2023.

Poetry can be as foundational as rock, as light as paper, as incisive as honed scissors. At RockPaperPoem, we print poetry that sticks in your throat like a peach pit – undissolvable, unmovable, permanent. We feature poems that glide as easily as paper planes – airy, translucent, even lyrical. But we also want the sharpness of a scythe that cuts away the chaff and may even nick us in the process, leaving a stunning essence.

At RockPaperPoem, we publish poems that rally to great causes, speak to daily lives, reveal personal passions. Poems on our pages may beguile, yell or whisper, but are heard, understood, and grounded in humanity. Our readers know the poet’s heart, embrace the poem’s intent, hear the poet's words come alive.

RockPaperPoem publishes today's finest poetry from established, emerging and new poets writing in English. We strive to include all cultural identities as we highlight work that expands the boundaries of mainstream poetry, without sacrificing accessibility for experimentation. We applaud and publicize our contributors by nominating for Best of the Net.

“Best of the Net” Nominations Announced

We are pleased to announce our first-ever nominations for “Best of the Net”! Best of the Net is a nationally known, annual competition and anthology recognizing some of the best poems and poets writing today in the digital world. From our first two issues, we nominated the following pieces (in alphabetical order by poet):

Metallurgical” – Micki Blenkush
Presence” – Lauren Camp
Lost Glasses”– Judy DeCroce
If I Had Written That Poem I Could Be Happy All My Life” – Charity Everitt
The Wielding”– Eleanor Kedney
How Light Asks”– Scott Lowery

Congratulations to these talented poets for their beautiful work. We thank all our contributors for making RockPaperPoem a fresh new voice in the community of online journals!


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