A border can be an entry or a barrier. A bridge can connect or divide…depending on which side you stand on. What borders try to separate, bridges bring together. Send us original poems about your experiences with borders and bridges on our quest to find elements big and small that connect us more than separate us. Share your poem (text, video or audio) with the theme “Borders & Bridges” on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #NextGenSpeaks and you could be featured in a global anthology across 5 countries.
Some previous highlights from this amazing international project
Each month we will issue a new writing challenge for you to share your poems with us. This month's theme is: Unwritten Letter To My Lover pic.twitter.com/ujGWrH91FC
— NextGen (@NextGenSpeaks_) March 1, 2017
— Nigeria's Cookie (@mumz_lil_girl) March 4, 2017
— NextGen (@NextGenSpeaks_) April 8, 2017
How worthy is my skin (Black Rind by Mashallo Samilo) pic.twitter.com/GE4mmulAgw
— mashallo samilo (@Mashallo) April 21, 2017
— NextGen (@NextGenSpeaks_) May 3, 2017
MAY TOP 10: Mother said by Jesse Asonze pic.twitter.com/ItdLft3LUu
— NextGen (@NextGenSpeaks_) June 7, 2017
How do I get my work in the global anthology?
The Next Generation Speaks project comes to an end in September 2017. After 6 months of issuing new writing challenges for poets all over the world to respond to, we’ll have more than enough to pick from in order to create a global anthology and mixtape from the poems submitted.
How do I submit my work?
Submitting your work to the Next Generation Speaks project is simple. Upload your poem as text, video or audio on any platform and share on Twitter or Facebook with the official hashtag, #NextGenSpeaks. You can submit as many poems as you like, the whole point is to write and share with a growing global community. Please keep poems shorter than 200 words.