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SUZETTE PRIME: Prime Numbers & Philosophy - Poetry Contest


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Suzette Richards

 Contest Name

SUZETTE PRIME: Prime Numbers & Philosophy

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Contest Dealine

12/14/2012 12:00:00 AM

Note Form Sponsor

Suzette Prime is now listed as a Poetry Form on PoetrySoup. You may classify your entry as such. Those who have already entered the contest and classified their poem as Free Verse (as was originally stated in the contest rules), may leave it as such. For examples of Suzette Prime poems, you may visit my page. Thank you.

 Contest Description

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of SUZETTE PRIME: Prime Numbers & Philosophy

Maximum words per poem (for this contest purpose only): 100 words 

designed by Suzette Crous
Syllable count: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, etc plus a philosophical statement

A prime number (or a prime) is a natural number greater than 1 that has no positive divisors other than 1 and itself. A natural number greater than 1 that is not a prime number is called a composite number. For example, 5 is prime, as only 1 and 5 divide it, whereas 6 is composite, since it has the divisors 2 and 3 in addition to 1 and 6. The fundamental theorem of arithmetic establishes the central role of primes in number theory: any integer greater than 1 can be expressed as a product of primes that is unique up to ordering. The uniqueness in this theorem requires excluding 1 as a prime because it is the multiplicative identity.

Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. Philosophy is distinguished from other ways of addressing such problems by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument. The word "philosophy" comes from the Greek (philosophia), which literally means "love of wisdom".

Any combination of a prime number syllable count may be used per line. Do avoid mirror images in line counts as this will detract from the free style feel. The line breaks serve as punctuation and no caps used, unless it is called for, as in my poem, Divine Love. Any topic which lends itself to a philosophical statement is suitable for SUZETTE PRIME. For examples, you may visit my poetry - the SUZETTE PRIME poems are listed under Free Verse/Verse Libre, but clearly identified as SUZETTE PRIME underneath each poem. 

Please post your entries under Free Verse/Verse Libre OR Suzette Prime (the latter has now been added by PoetrySoup to the list of Poetry Forms). Thank you.

I am looking forward to reading your creative poetry ~ Su

Additional notes: I often start out with the idea for a poem, having been inspired by something which I have read. People regularly share ancient philosophical statements on their fb walls. I then incorporate it in one of my poems - or I write my own statement. Example:

From the ancient philosopher, Lao Tzu:
Muddy water, let (it) stand - becomes clear.

I had included this philosophical statement in my free verse poem (not a Suzette Prime), Reflection (not listed on PS, but writing my own statement/words:

Is this a true image of myself or is it a portent?

Let muddy waters stand long enough -

it will become clear once again.


First Prize, Glory
Second Prize, Glory
Third Prize, Glory
4th - 10th PLUS Honorable Mentions

Preparing Your Entry

Submit one copy of your poem online. Format your poem. PLEASE DO NOT CENTER YOUR POEM ON THE PAGE. NO NAMES ON THE ENTRIES AND PLEASE DATE THE POEM. Please make your entry easy to read — no illustrations or fancy fonts. THANK YOU. 

English Language

Poems should be in English. Poems translated from other languages are not eligible, unless you wrote both the original poem and the translation.

A Note to Poetry Contestants

You are welcome to enter this contest, whether or not you won a prize in one of my previous contests.