Invitations to Share

Hello Listening Friends!


Thank you for being here. Whether you're an experienced poet or new to poetry, I hope you enjoy these poetry prompts. If any of these inspire you to write and you'd like to share your poetry, please consider submitting your poems for a new listening-themed poetry anthology. 

Here are a few details about the overall vision for this project: 

  • This prompts will be up for one year prior to the submission deadline, which will be September of 2022. 

  • The submission window will open during April (National Poetry Month) 2022, giving a five-month open window (from April - Sept.).

  • This anthology will welcome simultaneous submissions and previously published works, with credit to the places of first publication.   

  • As part of the submission process, you may be asked whether you used any of the prompts on this website and, if so, which ones. (I might like to group these as it's always interesting to see the variety of unique perspectives that come from a single prompt.)

  • Listening-related poems that are not connected to the prompts will also be welcome. 

  • Visual arts will be included, so you'll have guidelines here, too, for submitting listening-inspired visual arts. 

  • This collection will be a safe space for sensitive readers, so please do not submit works that contain graphic violence. 

  • I'll post full guidelines and updates here as the open submission period approaches. I'll also be sending guidelines and updates to my email list. If you're not on my list and would like to receive updates, please visit my Updates page at to subscribe! (These updates include my latest poetry and photography publications, with a little bit about the journals and anthologies in which they appear.)​

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out through the Contacts page. 

Wishing you peace and poetic joys, 

Linda Eve Diamond 

P. S. check out the added notes below for more ways to share your creative voice!



The Listening Poem Award is a new category in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS) annual awards. You do not need to be a member of NFSPS to enter and winners will be published in Encore: Prize Poems 2022 (NFSPS's annual anthology of prize-winning poetry). 


PLEASE NOTE: NFSPS contests do not accept simultaneous submissions or previously published works (which includes publishing on social media). Also, for this contest, poems must be no longer than 40 lines. The NFSPS contest winners are announced at the annual convention, which will be held in the summer of 2022, and Encore is typically published in August.


Interested in entering The Listening Poem Award contest and submitting those same poems to the Listeners Unite anthology? Great! Just be sure to submit to the Listening Poem Award FIRST and wait for contest results and Encore publication. (Encore publication is typically in August, which leaves time to submit to the L. U. anthology in September.)  :)

(I'll post a link here when the contest goes live (October 2021). While you're there, be sure to check out all of the categories!) 



Looking for another place to share your poetry with a warm, wonderful listening community?


The International Day of Listening (ILD) is an annual event, sponsored by the International Listening Association, and celebrated on the third Thursday of September. The IDL website invites recordings of "listening moments" for the website, which can be recorded and shared any time. 

Do you have poetry to share as a listening moment? Or music? Or sounds of nature? What does a listening moment mean for you? What listening moments would you like to share with the world? Consider recording your poem or other listening moment and sharing on the Listening Moments page!