Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival Apr. 25--28, 2019

Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival

The Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival, established in 2008, is a four-day poetry festival in deep South Texas held concurrently in two countries on the last full weekend in April. You don't need to register in order to submit to our anthology, Boundless. We feed you dinner on Saturday night as part of the Poetry Pachanga--the event that started it all. V.I.P.F. is a program of 
Art That Heals, Inc., and  El Zarape Press, with sponsorship from by Creative Alignment Consulting and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and welcomes poets from around the world.


Call for VIPF 2019 Submissions Has Opened! (Closes March 15)
Boundless: The Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival Anthology 2019 is now accepting submissions!

Youth Section Submissions Welcome from High School Students--Same Guidelines (Bio must denote Youth Submission)!

Deadline: E-mailed by March 15 @ midnight.
Submissions: E-mail Submissions Only:

Boundless will be published as a perfect bound edition with an ISBN and will be available on As always, poets do not have to attend our festival or register for our festival in order to submit for publication. Since we are no longer taking submissions for 2019, poets will not receive a printed contributor’s copy, save for a PDF version.

Previous editions include poets from across the U.S., India, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Bangladesh, and England, etc. Be part of this exciting edition!


Submit up to one typewritten poem in a legible font. 
Poem may be of any topic, any style—although visual/shape poems can be difficult due to margin limitations.

Poem may be any language. (We ask for a translation if it is not in English, however.)
Strict 35-line limit per poem, not including title and spaces.
Only E-mailed Submissions accepted. Submissions shipped by mail Will NOT Be Accepted! 
E-mail submissions to
No previously published poems--or translations of previously-published poems--please, except from self-published chapbooks with limited distribution. 
DO NOT place your name or other identifying information on the poem itself. 
Submit ONE e-mail with ONE attachment. Do not e-mail two separate attachments

The cover letter as the message of the e-mail must include:
Your Name as you wish for it to be published.
Title of poem or first line for an untitled poem
E-mail address AND phone number
A short bio – 50 words or less –  written in third person and focusing on your life as a writer

We strongly prefer to communicate by e-mail:
If you change your e-mail, let us know immediately. 

A limited amount of perfect-bound copies of the anthology will be available for purchase at the anthology release event and potentially thereafter.

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