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A CATCH-PHRASE DAZZLER: 1 IN 5 CHOICE Free Poetry Contest Details

SponsorAndrea Dietrich
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Deadline1/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Contest Description

What to Submit?

Since I am a big fan of short poems and since five is one of my favorite numbers, I want you to dazzle me with a single five-line poem written precisely and beautifully in the form you choose from my list. In other words, really follow the rules of the form. Tanka does not mean just five sentences running together. Google what writing a good Tanka entails. For the other forms, rhyme means real rhyme and meter means real meter. And beautiful, for me, means with imagery!

SPECIAL RULES besides (NO names on poems)


You must submit your poem under the name of the form you are using or I will not place it. In the case of Envelop Quintet, since it is the only form not defined here at Poetry Soup, submit it as VERSE. Here is the list: 

1. Tanka

2. Quintella

3. English Quintain

4. Sicilian Quintain

5. Envelop Quintet (Google and try this form to impress me; submit as verse)


NOW for the CATCH. There are five subjects, or "catch phrases" from which you can choose to write your poem. The title of your poem has to be one of these "catch phrases." Here they are:

1. Caught in the Sun

2. Tasting Bliss

3. On the Edge of a Dream

4. A Prelude to Winter

5. Closer Than a Kiss

I think these kinds of titles should make for one beauty of a poem, so dazzle me!!


First Prize, Glory
Second Prize, Glory
Third Prize, Glory
Twelve Honorable Mentions

Preparing Your Entry

Submit one copy of your poem online. Format your poem. Please make your entry easy to read — no illustrations or fancy fonts. 

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.