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Submitted on
April 24, 2012


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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.


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.


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 - . 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!
rose-from-the-ashes Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
entry: [link]
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
LadyMortimus Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm definitely going to enter :)
*Runs off to look at your gallery & etc* !
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?
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.
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Will do! :salute:
KyeWriting Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Here's Leprechaun, my super weird entry XD

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

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

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