Best of Button Week 352

“If the relationship you are in is as inconsistent as the radio driving under viaducts on the way to his house, it is not cheating.”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s addition: Raych Jackson! Congrats Poet!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Raych Jackson, Dave Harris, Neil Hilborn, Rachel Wiley, William Evans, Blythe Baird, Ollie Schminkey, and our newest release from Andrea Gibson!

Omar Holmon & A.R. – “Open Letter to Black People in Horror Movies” (250K Views!)

“Every day in my life is a horror flick.”

Congratulations to Omar Holmon & A.R. for topping 250,000 views on this powerful poem! Watch more from Omar Holmon & A.R. here and here.

Grab your copy of Omar’s incredible book, WE WERE ALL SOMEONE ELSE YESTERDAY, now available to order!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Sabrina Benaim, Neil Hilborn, Dave Harris, Michael Lee, Blythe Baird, Raych Jackson, and our newest release from Andrea Gibson!

Five Reasons You Should Submit to Our Chapbook Contest

Knowing when and where to spend the energy submitting your creative work can be difficult. Maybe you’ve already hit your rejection-capacity for the month and one more “we regret to inform you” will send you to the wilderness for a hermitage away from the publishing game. Before you pack your bags, hear us out.

1. If you win, you’ll receive publication, 50 free author copies, and a $500 honorarium. We get it, $500 isn’t the jackpot, but we’ve got an excellent team that’s thrilled to market your book. No joke—if you follow us on social media, you’re likely either impressed or annoyed by how often our books pop up on your feed.

2. You get the chance to join a community of incredible writers dating back to 2012, when the contest started. Imagine it: your book wedged on a shelf between past winners such as Danez Smith and Akosua Zimba Afiriyie-Hwedie.

3. Even if your manuscript isn’t selected, you will have prepared and—hopefully—polished a collection of poems. Which is to say, you’ll get to experience the pat on the back that comes with finishing a body of work. And even better: provide proof to the skeptical family members that yes, you are doing something.

4. This is a contest for creatives, judged by creatives. We know how much time and attention goes into the process and will handle your manuscript with care equivalent to a neurosurgeon doing neurosurgeon things.

5. Our taste is not highly particularized—all topics and styles are welcome. If we had to name it, we value poetry with energy, voice and force, work that crosses borders or effaces them completely, work that enters into larger social conversations, work that lives in the world, work with calloused hands and a half-empty stomach. Poetry is and ought to be part of our everyday lives and culture.

Thank you for sharing your poetry with us. Best of luck.

The 2021 Chapbook Contest deadline has been extended until January 17th, 2022. Don’t wait until next year.

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Best of Button Week 351

“I know most people try hard to do good and find out too late they should have tried softer.”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s addition: Andrea Gibson! Congrats Poet!

Check out the 2021 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest! Open November 15, 2021 – January 10, 2022. More info and full guidelines here!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Guante, Dave Harris, Neil Hilborn, Rachel Wiley, William Evans, Blythe Baird, Ollie Schminkey, and our newest release from Andrea Gibson!

Anita D – “And the Psych Ward Says” (500K Views!)

“You won’t be receiving any actual therapy sessions while you’re here, but we will recommend them as treatment for after we let you out.”

Congratulations to Anita D for topping 500,000 views on this incredible poem! Watch more from Anita here.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Rachel Wiley, Neil Hilborn, Javon Johnson, Michael Lee, Azura Tyabji & Jackson Neal, Omar Holmon, and our newest release from Andrea Gibson!

Best of Button Week 350

“Isn’t that art? Waking up? Isn’t that the power of a moment?”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s addition: Guante! Congrats Poet!

Check out the 2021 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest! Open November 15, 2021 – January 10, 2022. More info and full guidelines here!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Guante, Dave Harris, Neil Hilborn, Rachel Wiley, William Evans, Blythe Baird, Ollie Schminkey, and our newest release from Andrea Gibson!

Best of Button Week 349

“I wonder why survival was my entertainment of choice?”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s addition: Blythe Baird! Congrats Poet!

Check out the 2021 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest! Open November 15, 2021 – January 10, 2022. More info and full guidelines here!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Guante, Michael Lee, Neil Hilborn, Rachel Wiley, William Evans, Blythe Baird, Bianca Phipps, and our newest release from Andrea Gibson!

Javon Johnson – “Black and Happy” (100K Views!)

“On some days the most revolutionary thing I can do is enjoy my niece’s laughter.”

Congratulations to Javon Johnson for topping 100,000 views on this powerful poem! Watch more from Javon here and here.

Javon’s highly-anticipated debut book, AIN’T NEVER NOT BEEN BLACK, is now available!

Check out the 2021 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest! Open NOW – January 10, 2022. More info and full guidelines here!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Sabrina Benaim, Neil Hilborn, Dave Harris, Michael Lee, Blythe Baird, Raych Jackson, and our newest release from Andrea Gibson!

Best of Button Week 348

“I am so tired of talking about my depression as somebody else; a ghost that haunts me and I am afraid of the seance, afraid to know what it might want from me.”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s addition: Reagan Myers! Congrats Poet!

Check out the 2021 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest! Open November 15, 2021 – January 10, 2022. More info and full guidelines here!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Andrea Gibson, Omar Holmon, Neil Hilborn, Porsha Olayiwola, Azura Tyabji & Jackson Neal, Blythe Baird, Bianca Phipps, and our newest release from Andrea Gibson!

Sarah Kay – “Mrs. Ribeiro” (500K Views!)

“She made us wonder. She made us question. She made us proud of what we had learned.”

Congratulations to Sarah Kay for topping 500,000 views on this inspiring poem! Watch more from Sarah here and here.

Grab your copy of Sarah’s fantastic book, NO MATTER THE WRECKAGE, now available!

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Check out the 2021 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest! Open NOW – January 10, 2022. More info and full guidelines here!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Sabrina Benaim, Neil Hilborn, Dave Harris, Michael Lee, Blythe Baird, Raych Jackson, and our newest release from Andrea Gibson!