New Look, New Bugs

First of all, I’m extremely excited that the design firm I work for, Mediocre Creative, is sponsoring the event again this year and even had some awesome designers give the site a once-over. Take a look at the new, clean look and give a shoutout to Brittany Durham, Ethan Price, and Shawn Saylor to thank them for the help.

Since we’re opening registrations a little earlier than we expected, though, we’re going to have a few bugs. I just noticed that my profile pic got uploaded but isn’t being displayed. And I’m aware that these post pages are a little wonky at the moment. I’ll definitely get those fixed before May, but if you notice anything like that, hit us up at the Contact Page and use as many exclamation marks as you can handle.

Anyway, I’m excited for this year’s event. Every year it gets bigger and it’s such a constant reminder of the awesome people I’ve been missing by deleting my Facebook account.


Registrations for 2020 Open Today

Registrations are now open! If you have any issues, send us a note on our Contact Page.

Below is a press release that we sent to the presses. Feel free to copy and use however you’d like.

For immediate release.

Lexington, Kentucky. April 1, 2020. – Workhorse Writers invites the city of Lexington to join a month-long, online writing challenge. During June 2020, amateur and professional poets will participate in the Lexington Poetry Month Writing Challenge, which involves sharing poetry, group support, and the potential to be published in the yearly anthology from Workhorse. Registration opens April 13, 2020 at

For their seventh year, Workhorse expects over 300 poets in, from, or fond of Lexington to participate in a collaborative, generative event in which they are invited to write a poem every day for the month of June. Everyone is encouraged to submit their poem publicly at and engage with other local poets through comments and social media. Last year marked the most productive year yet with 245 registered poets and over 2,200 poems submitted throughout the month of June. Anyone who submits at least 5 poems throughout the online Writing Challenge will be eligible for publication in the annual LexPoMo anthology, published by Workhorse Writers*.

In 2013, Award-Winning poet of Accents Publishing Katerina Stoykova co-founded Lexington Poetry Month with Morris Book Shop manager Hap Houlihan. On June 30th, 2013, Mayor Jim Gray officially proclaimed June as Lexington Poetry Month. Since then, the community has been encouraged to hold any events they wish using the name “Lexington Poetry Month” and the hashtag “#LexPoMo” throughout the month of June.

The LexPoMo Writing Challenge is free to participate. Anthologies are available from Workhorse Writers. If enough people support Workhorse through Patreon, all participants will be offered a free copy of the anthology.

*Some restrictions may apply. Workhorse Writers reserves the right to refuse publication of poems or poets for any reason, as per the annual terms of use. See site ( for details.