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Rules Update

Announcing Ashok's "Short Poem Contest." The idea is to get people to write really short poems if they haven't already. Can you make every word - maybe even syllable - count? I hope those of you who haven't tried poetry at all will try something for the contest.

Rules

30 words maximum per entry; no set form. Only one original entry per contestant (don't recycle old material, please). Theme is "music" - you can do whatever you want with that, including base your poem on a song lyric (perhaps use the lyric as an epigraph?) Poems must be in English.

The contest will end in 14 days: deadline is May 8th. Just write anything, and write quickly. I'm not here to be snobby about poetry. I want to get people writing, getting to know each other, and promoting each other. I will add anyone who participates to my watchlist, and as some of you are aware, I do provide feedback and try to keep up with as many as I can on here.

I do advise that before you submit a short poem, you read some of what I've written about haiku. This analysis of one by Basho isn't a long read. Watch also what Emily Dickinson does with 21 words.

I request that you link to this post in the description of your poem - spread the word about the contest & make it clear what is an entry for it. Send me a note with a link to your poem, and do feel free to put it in my profile's comments. Don't forget to send a note, though - I'm going to be watching my notes mainly for entrants.

Prizes

I'm accepting donations for prizes. I might buy some points and give them out, but I'd rather do something different. If any of you write something spectacular, I was thinking of asking your permission to put it on my main blog - ashokkarra.com . With 25,000 visitors a month, you'd probably get considerably more attention, but I don't know.

There will be a first and second place prize. Also, a prize for the person who promotes this contest the most - obviously, don't spam people, but if you get a few of your friends to participate, you should get a little something more.

Hope to be reading your work soon!
  • Listening to: Bach
  • Reading: Nietzsche, "Beyond Good and Evil"
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Drinking: coffee
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student Writer
Aww, I missed the dead line. And I had someting written and everything!
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rose-from-the-ashes Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
entry: [link]
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TashiHazeldine Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Writer
My entry: [link]
I'll admit it's hopeful, but I had so much fun :3
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LadyMortimus Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm definitely going to enter :)
*Runs off to look at your gallery & etc* !
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
May I ask what your policy is on hyphen usage is? I tend to compound words together with hyphens sometimes and I've done it this time. Should I avoid this altogether or keep it but just not push the limit?
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akarra Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Writer
Just be fair to the other contestants. Some really struggled with the 30 word limit. I won't mind a hyphenated word or two, but it'll really help if you're well under the limit.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Will do! :salute:
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KyeWriting Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Here's Leprechaun, my super weird entry XD

Peace :peace:
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nova92 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist
thanks for the opportunity.

here.
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cybertaz13 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
here is mine:

[link]
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