Marathon Banner

On the twenty-first of April, Massachusetts will be celebrating its one hundred and eighteenth Boston Marathon one year after last year’s tragic events.

Two of our editorial staff (along with several others) have been chosen by city officials to help commemorate the event in poetry. However, since Boston is the home and heart not only to Oddball Magazine’s staff but also to many of its contributors, we wanted to mark the event on this page as well, but on the actual day of running. Moreover, we want to give you a chance to participate.

Submit your poetry and artwork (no more than 3 pieces) to either or through our submission manager. We will consider posting it on Monday, April 21st starting in the mid-morning.

While there are no length restrictions, we do like to think that this is work that could be read while waiting for loved ones at the finish line, so shorter may be better. Since much of the poetry shared at the time was in immediate reaction to the tragedy, we will also pay attention to poets who offer new perspectives incorporating passage of time and/or new information that has come to light.

The deadline is April 16. On your mark, get set, SUBMIT.