What to Submit?
1 original, poem with at least five examples of oddly juxtaposed couplets.
A couplet is a two line stanza which may or may not have an end rhyme. If your poem does not have two line stanza's, they will not place.
Only type of form accepted is couplets, minimum 10 lines, that means if you entered a different form of poem your poem won't place.
What I am looking for here is creative use of oddly connected verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs. Make them mismatch, yet make sense. Use one mismatch per couplet. The theme can be of your choice. This poem is to exercise creativity in your imagery i.e. the smooth hum of the old clunker auto. It makes sense, but its hard to believe, yet, you know somewhere someone tuned that old vehicle till it purred. Don't use cliches like that one though.
You may put your name on the poem if you choose.
An example that I've written is here:
A couple stanzas don't have what I'm looking for however look at :
Stanza 1: life, goo, blade
Stanza 3: rain smashes down / you forget your name
Stanza 6: worship, survival blade,
The point of the contest is to create a twist of view from one thought into another and yet have the imagery fit within the poem.
Send me mail if you have more questions. Poem format listed as couplet is required. 5 couplets are required. The juxtaposition part is up to you to try.
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.
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.