What to Submit?
1 original, poem on the theme of ............. Any historical event or time i.e. WWII, American Revolution, Roman or Greek history, European---ANYTHING, but make it about an individual historical event or years that affected where we are today as a world civilization (even some native culture) it's all history that is a part of what we are today.
The only form acceptable is Quatrain modified to the following rules. Four quatrains minimum 5 maximum (separate stanzas) with no enjambment between stanzas. Standard quatrain rhyme applies (lines 2 & 4 must rhyme) but change from one stanza to the next. Example xaxa xbxb xcxc etc. Also I want specific meter scheme---each quatrain will have the following meter----first and third line Iambic Tetrameter, second and fourth lines Iambic TRIMETER. Get-er-done Like Wayne G used to say "You miss all the shots you never take". Or as Dad used to say "If you never do more than what you get paid for, you'll never get paid for more than what you do". DATES ON POEMS___Please put your names if you want so I can help if you are close to the concept--or ask Debbie G or Andrea--up to you___LUV YA!!!
1st and 3rd lines eight iambic syllables
2nd and 4th lines 6 iambic syllables
One quatrain example;
Amid the din of pounding hearts
Of cannon, sword and gun
Stood soldiers, people just like us
Whose time to fight had come.
(Feel the iambic accent) daDA daDA daDA
aMID the DIN of POUNding HEARTS
of CANnon SWORD and GUN
stood SOLdiers PEOple JUST like US
whose TIME to FIGHT had COME
(I won't shoot down minor misses if I can see a reasonable attempt at the foot and meter but not reasonably close will not make the cut---and anything about history--your subject matter politically motivated or not will not be judged negative because I have other feelings--of course it doesn't hurt if I don't have to cringe) BTW Please separate the quatrains and PLEASE----NO ENJAMBMENT BETWEEN STANZAS--Don't ask--look it up.
First Prize, Glory
Second Prize, Glory
Third Prize, Glory
Up to 12
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.
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.