I sent this idea to Team Poetry Soup. What do you think?
Dear Team Poetry Soup,
I have an idea.
The contest page is awesome, but there are times when members may wish to host an anthology/collection page instead of a contest.
I think of recent global events. It would be nice to have a dedicated area for Soupers to gather their tribute, memorial and inspirational poetry, an area separate from the contest pages.
When the tragedy occurred at Sandy Hook I had wanted to invite Soupers to submit their poems for a vigil page, but I could not, because I already had a contest running, and even if I hadn’t, I did not want to use this terrible event as a contest theme.
There are times when a member may wish to provide a space to feature a relevant theme, but does not want to judge. Sometimes, it would seem pertinent to gather as poets and just share our writing, as a balm and outlet.
I am thinking of ...
1) International events/the global consciousness. Poems written by Soupers around a theme.
- The 9/11 Anniversary / Holocaust Remembrance Day/ World Peace Day (etc)
- Natural disasters
- Recognition and empathy to crisis/duress/epidemics/unbearable conditions
2) This feature being used as a way to support/inspire other Soupers during times of hardship as well as times of celebration. Poems written by Soupers FOR Soupers.
3) And I see a third ability for this page. Members could use this function as a tutorial/ editing space, a writer’s group who are seeking verse improvement. There have been a few poets on soup who have attempted this on blogs, but they could simply paste the collection into a blog, keep the poet grouping.
I see this as looking similar to the contest administration page, but a simpler format (perhaps you could use it as a template?) No need for judging, but the winners list could be altered to include a drop down window with three categories to choose from: 1) friend 2) participant 3) contributor
Ideally, the member could select less than 35 (especially in the case of a writers group) and be able to close the collection at their choosing (not one month or longer)
Now, I am just waxing on with an idea.
If impossible or just too time consuming (? Maybe there is a problem here I am not seeing, a way to abuse something which is meant only as an act of kindness?) then I understand it’s a no go, ever.
In this case, could we simply add friend, participant, and contributor to the winner's drop down list?
What do you think? Too ambitious?