WordFest  is a ‘festival within a festival’  offering an exciting variety of events for written & spoken-word artists of all ages, styles, languages, genres, and levels.  Our vision is to produce a rich selection of programs affording festival attendees to participate in three ways:

    • to hear poetry during author readings, open mics, panel discussions, and performances;
    • to practice the craft of poetry through writing workshops;
    • to speak/share works aloud bringing words from the page to the stage via open mics, featured readings, and round-table sharing during workshops.
    • to submit poems for an opportunity to be published in the Waco Cultural Arts Fest WordFest Anthology (details below)

All WordFest events are FREE and open to the public of all ages.


Poets may submit 2 poems for the 2018 anthology

between June 1-July 15, 2018  

by email to wacowordfest@yahoo.com  (more details below)


WordFest 2018 – Save the dates

Fri. Oct 5 – Sun. Oct. 7,   2018

Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Avenue

Lower Level Foyer, Lone Star 105, and Texas Room 116

The 2018 WordFest   Feature Poet is   Nathan Brown  the former Oklahoma Poet Laureate (2013-14)!!!

Nathan Brown, musician and poet


Anne McCrady & Michael Guinn will also be featured poets at WordFest 2018


  Check out our Facebook page for up to date information. https://www.facebook.com/wacoartsfest.org/

Like our Facebook page to find out new things.


Submissions Guidelines for 2018 Anthology

Poets may submit two poems on any family friendly topic for consideration in the 2018 Waco Cultural Arts Fest WordFest Anthology. Each poem should include a title and be 24 lines or less in Times New Roman 12 point font with no line longer than 50 characters. Poems can NOT be previously published.

Send your poems in the body of one email to wacowordfest@yahoo.com  Put your name on the subject line of the email.

Contact information must be included at the bottom of your poem. This includes name, mailing address/city/state/country, email address, and phone number at the bottom of the entry. If the submitter is under 18 years old, please note age and school beside the name. A special youth section may be included in the anthology.

Please follow submissions guidelines in order to be considered.  Do not send more than one email. You will receive a confirmation when your poem has been received.

There is no fee for entering. Deadline is July 15, 2018. Poets selected will be notified by July 30. They will be invited to a Distinguished Writers’ Reception at 6 pm Sat. Oct. 6 where they will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology and will be invited to read their poem from the anthology at a public reading at the Waco Convention Center on Sat. Oct. 6, 2018 at 7 pm. Poets living in the United States unable to attend the reading will have their anthologies mailed to them later in Oct. 2018.  International poets will receive an electronic copy by email.  Copies will be available for purchase on amazon.com for $10 worldwide.

For Additional Information email  wacowordfest@yahoo.com

Copies of the 2017 anthology  $10.  They may be ordered on Amazon.com/books

WordFest is honored to be an affiliate of 

POETS ACCEPTED to be published in the 2017 WordFest Anthology

Abikhaled, Kaye Voigt

Baldwin, Michael

Benson, Jan

Billings, Chris


Birkelbach, Alan

Boldt, Christine

Brown, Nathan

Camargo, Claire Vogel

Carlson, Derby

Chau, Ken

Conces, Diana

Conant, Angelle

Cortez, Sarah

Cowen, David E.

Crosthwait, Carol

Duty, Susan

Fierstien, Nancy

Forestier, Josephine

Fornoff, Erin

Gann, Alan

Gray, Dwight A.

Gullickson, Joyce

Gullickson, Michael

Hart, Kathleen

Hoerth, Katherine

Horton, Sandi

Howells, Ann

Hubley-King, Lisa

Hudson, Mark

Huyser, Cindy

Iwasa, Rosemarie Horvath

Klein, Laurie

L’Herisson, Catherine

McCann, Janet

McCrady, Anne

McGee, Joyce Gorum

McMillen, Jay B.

Medel, Sylvia S.

Metts, Nicole

Morton, Karla K.

Nims, Jack

Nyagilo, James O.

Owens, Michael

Pandey, Christa

Parker, Alice

Perryman, B. Rae

Petrova, Elina

Pittman, DaRell

Plant, Gerald

Roberts, Betty

Rosa de la, Ysabel

Sanders, Stephen

Sanford, Keith

Scwei, Stephen

Smith, Fiera M.

Sweet, Nick

Taylor, Sharon

Thompson, Carol

Tucker, Marlene

Vansyckle, Spencer

Vaughn, Sylvia Riojas

Walker, Loretta Diane

Welch, Germaine

Williams, David G. III

Woodruff, Thom

Zaner, June

Zaner, Richard  M


 Please like our  FB page https://www.facebook.com/wacoartsfest.org/


For more information or to send questions, comments, or suggestions please contact the WordFest Chair Sandi Horton at: wacowordfest@yahoo.com