Book of Kells Announces the Big Poetry Giveaway 2011 beginning Thurs., March 24!

Dear Friends,

If you remember last April for National Poetry Month we had a big poetry giveaway, where about 50 or so bloggers gave away 2 books each. Well, I am organizing it again this year!

The official start of the Big Poetry Giveaway (as it's now called) will be Thursday, March 24 (aka Thankful Thursday) and will last through April 30, 2011.  If you'd like to participate, the guidelines will be up Thursday and you have until April 15th to get me your info & link, so I can link you up to the complete list of bloggers participating.

Basically, bloggers give away 2 books of poem at the end of April.  The first can be your own book, and the second is to be a FAVORITE book of poems of your choosing.

People will come to your blog and leave a comment saying they'd like to win your book and at the end of the month, you randomly choose two winners and mail them out the books.  

If you don't have a blog or don't want to participate, then you can just enter as many drawings for free books of poems as you like.


I think this is a great way for bloggers to share their favorite books of poems as well as their own work.  And if you have a blog, but haven't published a book or chapbook yet, you can still participate-- just give away 2 of your favorite poetry books.

So that's it.  Let me know if you have any questions, otherwise, wait until Thursday, March 24th when all the info and FAQs will be up!

Last year we had 50 or so bloggers who participated.  I'd love to have more!  That was 100+ books of poems and even a few subscriptions to literary journals that were given out.  It seemed to be a fun, satisfying event for all who participated.

Hope you join us this year!  Start thinking of what book(s) you'd like to giveaway...



  1. Yay! Loved doing this last year. Thanks for organizing, Kelli. I will send you my link once you make it official.

  2. Count me in! Thanks for putting this together, my friend.

  3. Awesome. Had a blast last year and will certainly participate again this year!

  4. This sounds SO fun and I am helping to spread the word via my blog! I'm going to go to out local used bookstore that is AWESOME and try to find some out-of-print poetry books that are worthy of a give-a-way.

  5. I'm in. I'll wait for the 24th to see if I have questions, and I'll see about putting something about it up on The Rumpus.

  6. Hooray! Thank you for organizing this again, Kelli! I'm in for sure.

    (word ver: skinemos. No lie.)

  7. I'm in. It was so much fun last year. I'll be sure to return and post what I'm giving away. Yay, thanks for taking this on again, Kelli.

  8. Hope this is the right place to tell you I would love to participate. My link is:
    I am looking forward to being a part of this.

  9. I LOVE this idea. Count me in.
    Laura Moe

  10. Yes, me too!

    I have a brand-new book to give away

  11. Sherry-- Do you have a post up to giveaway your book & another? I couldn't find it.

    Drop me an email kelli (a) with it and I'll add your name to the list.


  12. Is it too late to comment / join? And if so, can the book I give away be a self-published chapbook?


  13. Sorry Ian, it's over! But next year... April 2012 Visit around March.



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