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Let's Keep Footling Around Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Andrea Dietrich

Contest Deadline:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Note From Sponsor:

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Contest Description:

What to Submit?

In a recent contest here,  Judy revived the writing of a form I am very fond of: Footles! I would like to see more from you guys, and I want to see some really GREAT ones. You can do just one fantastic footle, or you can do a set of them, maximum of three. If you choose a set, they should all be related somehow. I don’t want three random footles. If that is too big a challenge, just stick to one amazing footle. These should be new ones. 
FIVE RULES:
1. One, two or three (related) NEW footle(s)
2. NO NAMES 
3.  DATE your work.
4. In the subject line, write the word FOOTLE or FOOTLES with or without the title of your footle(s), your choice.

5. Please follow these rules. This time I won't track people down if a rule is not followed. I will just eliminate it. 
 

Finally, KNOW what a good footle is (if you want to make the list). Here is my definition:

 First, the payoff in a good footle is actually not  just in the rhyming of two very short 2-syllable lines. It is also in the TITLE. Once you have two great rhyming words, just think up a really clever title to go with your footle! If you have seen Judy’s recent winners’ list, there are some examples for you right there. Also, you can type in footles in Soup’s search engine and view many other examples to get an idea how it is done.

I am noticing that some people are not quite getting the knack of it. Footles have to RHYME. I am seeing some people not rhyming them. Specifically the second syllable of line one must rhyme with second syllable of line two. However, even the first syllable of each line can rhyme! Here are a few examples from my collection:

To Flatter a Large Woman

Call ‘er
smaller

Theft at the Meat Market

Bacon
Taken

You don’t even have to rhyme them on both syllables of each word the way I do, but that has always been my style. You can also use two separate 1-syllable words on each line with only the second one-syllable word having the rhyme. So that is it. Now, get Footlin'!!!

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.

Solitude Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: scott thirtyseven

Contest Deadline:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Note From Sponsor:

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Contest Description:

SOLITUDE

escaping to the quiet places

where you make the noise

or listen to birds chirp

and wind blow in your ears

 

escaping from the loud spaces

where human’s whir and bang

their thoughts and meanings

forever assaulting your ears

 

escaping to your solitude

a moment to relax

unbridle your social self

and let your mind go free

 

escaping from the multitude

a moment in time

to avoid their expectations

and let your mind go free

 

Solitude can go either way: as we all know. As poets we embrace it, it gives us time to think, to create, to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard.

But solitude can go either way.

What I am hoping for is a broad spectrum of experiences, I'm hoping some will be fun, some will be sad, for that is often what loneliness is, while others will be seriously uplifting -oh yeah!! Whatever your inner poet tells you to write, I'm looking forward to reading it.

Again I intend to Tweet Link the winning three entries, so a varitey of styles and emotions, are high on my list. I'm not the greatest mind regarding forms, but am wanting to expand. So if the poem is on the right theme, and 20 lines or less, let me have it.

I look forward to reading them all.

 

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of Solitude

Of no more than 20 lines.
Any form is acceptable.

Prizes

First Prize, Twitter Link
Second Prize, Twitter Link
Third Prize, Twitter Link
Twelve Honorable Mentions

Preparing Your Entry

Submit one copy of your poem online. Format your poem. Please no names, and make your entry easy to read.

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.

Moon ... Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Francine Roberts

Contest Deadline:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Note From Sponsor:

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Contest Description:

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of .............the  moon.... in honour of August's Supermoon, let me see your creative side, the word moon must be in your title somewhere and  use your imagination ( moonstruck, moon pie, blue moon, moonlight, moonshine). There will be 5 winners only . no honorable mentions. Just first through fifth so make it good.
Any form is acceptable. But please keep it to no more than 20 lines, I do not want to read a novel. Old or new poems accepted

 

Prizes

First Prize, Glory
Second Prize, Glory
Third Prize, Glory
Through Fifth 

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.

WANDERLUST Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: nette onclaud

Contest Deadline:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Note From Sponsor:

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Contest Description:

i am closing the chapters of short forms for now to invite  you to pen a NEW,ORIGINAL POEM on the THEME: WANDERLUST, the journeying of life in it’s spontaneous flow; the kind which we all travelers are afflicted with!

*include your name, contest title, and date of poem

*use free verse or rhyme, between 12-16 lines only

kahil gibran’s quote below is simply to jumpstart your imagination...

 

allow your unique concept, fluency of imagery, and overall poetic appeal to shine!...

huggs

Night Owl Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Kelly Deschler

Contest Deadline:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Note From Sponsor:

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Contest Description:

What to Submit

One original poem, old or new,  on the theme of..... owls ......

NO NAMES

Any form is acceptable.

Prizes

Glory
 

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.

The Alouetee Updated on 26-7-14 Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Dr.Ram Mehta

Contest Deadline:

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Note From Sponsor:

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Contest Description:

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of  The Skylark   

 

The form is "The Alouette", created by Jan Turner, consists of two or more stanzas of 6 lines each, with the following set rules:

Meter: 5, 5, 7, 5, 5, 7
Rhyme Scheme: a, a, b, c, c, b

The form name is a French word meaning 'skylark' or larks that fly high, the association to the lark's song being appropriate for the musical quality of this form. The word 'alouette' can also mean a children's song (usually sung in a group), and although this poetry form is not necessarily for children's poetry (but can be applied that way), it is reminiscent of that style of short lines. Preference for the meter accent is on the third syllable of each line

(1) Meter is optional as this is an International Site so will not be taken into       consideration while judging the contest entries. Only syllabic quantity i.e. 5,5,7,5,5,7

(2) Rhyme scheme a,a,b,c,c,b

(3) Please write maximum of two stanzas

(4) Submit the poem under Verse

Here is an example from Jan Turner's poems, the inventor of the form.

The Senses of Spring 

Hear the seeded breeze 
Blowing through the trees 
As it searches fertile ground ... 
In the coming weeks 
Shoots of daisies peak 
As they take a look around. 

See the daffodils 
Dressing up the hills 
With a splash of yellow sun ... 
Brilliant tulips paint 
As the bluebells faint 
With their drooping meadow run. 

Prizes

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.

Teeter Totter Poem--Balance the Load Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Sheri Fresonke Harper

Contest Deadline:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Note From Sponsor:

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Contest Description:

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of "balancing the load". We all feel burdened at times and at other times we feel light as air.

Write me a teeter totter poem with all the loads spread out upon a beam that shows what makes it all better. Be as imaginative with the teeter totter as you want. Example

 

Chores                                                                    Taxes

 boss                                                                         paid

assigns                                                                    in April

------------------------------the whispers of angels ------------------------------

                               provide what I need 

                                    any time I fall

 

You could create a stack of cards, a load of bricks, however loaded

and unloaded you feel will delight your reader. You can also be half-way through

a cartwheel landing on your nose if that's what suits your world.

 


Any form is acceptable. Date your poems.

Prizes

First Prize, Glory
Second Prize, Glory
Third Prize, Glory
All others glory.

I reserve first prizes for those that meet all the requirements including writing

a fresh poem.

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.

any poem under 10 lines Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: SKAT A

Contest Deadline:

Friday, August 08, 2014

Note From Sponsor:

No updates yet...


Contest Description:

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of .......any poem under 10 lines......
Any form is acceptable.

Prizes

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.

Poem with a Theme: Zodiac Sign Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Leonora Galinta

Contest Deadline:

Friday, August 08, 2014

Note From Sponsor:

No updates yet...


Contest Description:

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of ....... "Zodiac Sign" ex.Capricorn, Libra, etc.  
Any form is acceptable.

Prizes

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.

+ UPDATE - Encore - anonymous positive new sonnet Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Elly Wouterse

Contest Deadline:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Note From Sponsor:

Dear contestants... due to the tragic events taking place in the world right now and involving among so many countries also the Netherlands and its citizens in such an beyond imaginable way - adding to that also neighbor's friends and relatives of friends of ours - I am working hard to process everything using, among other things, my writing - which is really a kind of anchor to hold on to... The contest is on my list and I apologize for not being able to put in on top... I will read and enjoy and judge all your highly appreciated entries.... a soon I am enabled and can create the space, energy and 100% attention your work really deserves. Until then - I need to and will talk through my poems. I also truly apologize for hardly being able to have a read and comment other magnificent winning poems.... and give them the well deserved attention I really enjoy to spend time on. Best and warmest wishes. As always - Dutch greetings. Elly HOPE TO BE ABLE TO START JUDGING IN TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY. AGAIN - SORRY FOR THE DELAY.


Contest Description:

What to Submit?

1 original, for this contest,  new written poem about something beautiful..... 
Only the poetry form sonnet  is acceptable.

Sonnet: Definition

Lyric poem / a verse form consisting of 14 lines with a fixed rhyme scheme 

Example

Into My Own 
by Robert Frost

ONE of my wishes is that those dark trees, 
So old and firm they scarcely show the breeze, 
Were not, as ’twere, the merest mask of gloom, 
But stretched away unto the edge of doom. 

I should not be withheld but that some day 5 
Into their vastness I should steal away, 
Fearless of ever finding open land, 
Or highway where the slow wheel pours the sand. 

I do not see why I should e’er turn back, 
Or those should not set forth upon my track 10 
To overtake me, who should miss me here 
And long to know if still I held them dear. 

They would not find me changed from him they knew— 
Only more sure of all I thought was true.

 

Share "something beautiful" for this contest. Tell us all(!) about it. Maybe this  (take a look!) illustrates what I am looking for................paint me your poetical picture in your comprehensive and glorious words about something heartening/uplifting and beautiful. Don't hold back! 

Prizes: 

Prizes and / or Honorable Mentions if applicable

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. 

  • Don't sign your sonnet!
  • Date your sonnet!
  • I encourage you to surprise me with your own title.. as long as it is an uplifting  and/ or positive title!  (The use of  the word 'uplifting' would be fine too)
  • One sonnet - 14 lines  No less & no more
  • No sonnet sequence  
     

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.

Enjoy your happy moment of writing and share it! 

Happy writings! Elly.

 

Let's Try a Little Kimo Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Amy Green

Contest Deadline:

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Note From Sponsor:

No updates yet...


Contest Description:

What to Submit?

A post-Haiku poetic form , consisting of three lines of 10, 7, and 6 syllables. This form of poetry was invented in Israel.

As long or short as you want, but I wanna feel it as well as read it.

NO NAMES!

Definition

Example A beautiful example from one of "our own"-

The Inside Girl

plinks like the mallet on my xylophone watch the rain fall, hear the sound  splatter in the puddles  just licking the damp from the window pane tears fall, there'll be no outside wet cheeks and runny nose   Contest: Through My Window Poet: Debbie Guzzi

Prizes

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.

Gone with the wind Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Jadazzle united

Contest Deadline:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Note From Sponsor:

No updates yet...


Contest Description:

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of .............
Any form is acceptable.

Prizes

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.


No names on the entries please

There is a blog with further details

Dear Diary Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Anne Currin

Contest Deadline:

Monday, June 09, 2014

Note From Sponsor:

No updates yet...


Contest Description:

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of a diary entry. Make it raw! Treat your poem as though it truly is an entry into your private diary. Shock me! Stir up my emotions! And most of all- have fun! 
Any form is acceptable. :)

Prizes

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.

Dark Poems Only Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Nathan D.

Contest Deadline:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Note From Sponsor:

No updates yet...


Contest Description:

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of .............
Any form is acceptable.

Prizes

1-10

 

Nate'


Rhyme Battle: Round 6 Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Juli- Michelle

Contest Deadline:

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Note From Sponsor:

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Contest Description:


RHYME BATTLE: ROUND SIX


I'm going to make this one easy.

Submit a single couplet. Two lines. End Rhyme. 

Simple enough? I think so too.

No names.

Happy rhyming :)







p.s. Thanks everyone for making these rhyme battles so much fun to read and judge. 


Heart felt poem Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Royal Trevino

Contest Deadline:

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Note From Sponsor:

No updates yet...


Contest Description:

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of .......heart felt poem......
Any form is acceptable.

Prizes

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.

Breeze Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: POET. UNDERTAKER

Contest Deadline:

Friday, February 14, 2014

Note From Sponsor:

No updates yet...


Contest Description:

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of "Breeze"
Any form is acceptable.

Prizes

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.

A Kiss Under the Mistletoe Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Rhonda Johnson-Saunders

Contest Deadline:

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Note From Sponsor:

No updates yet...


Contest Description:

 

Pucker Up!!   

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of ...


A Kiss Under the Mistletoe

I'm ready to get into the Christmas Spirit!!

Only Rhyme is acceptable (preferably quatrains) with two to six stanzas.

New poems only (please date).

NO names on poems, please!

Please title poems, A Kiss Under the Mistletoe.  

 



Prizes

First to Tenth Prize, Glory

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.

Poetic Palindrome Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Frank Polgar

Contest Deadline:

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Note From Sponsor:

No updates yet...


Contest Description:

I was experimenting with the lanterne format to create a "poetic palindrome".  Here's my first attempt:

Change

change
renew
perspective
undecided
leap
forward not back
erase doubt
embrace
change

I'd love to see what other PS members create.  Please create a "poetic palindrome" using the cinqku, cinquain or lanterne format.  Start/end your poem with the same word and join your poem in the middle with the same word (similar to my example above).

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of your choice.

Please use the cinqku, cinquain or lanterne format for your poem.

Prizes

First Prize, Glory
Second Prize, Glory
Third Prize, Glory
Ten 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.

Everything Halloween Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Russell Sivey

Contest Deadline:

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Note From Sponsor:

No updates yet...


Contest Description:

This contest is about everything Halloween, yes it is this time of the year when the ghouls and goblins come out to play with the witches and ghosts. Orange and Black are the main colors, and bats and werewolves and vampires come to frighten everyone. Mummies love to scare and those zombies are out to eat everyone. The moon is full and dark grey clouds come to bring fear into the hearts of the unsuspecting. The scary haunted houses contains those poltergeists and evil spirits as well as the family the loves to eat whoever comes to the door. Graveyards are a focal point where ravens mock the passersby. Skeletons bring out that which is frightening to all those watching the graveyard too closely. Fear is the main stay on Halloween, but there is also the fun of trick or treating, where sometimes the tricks come out and anger those not passing out candy. Dressing up like princesses and witches as well as superman or werewolves are always fun on Halloween. An old decaying tree that holds an eerie owl on its long branch. Just about anything will be good for this contest. I just want a poem on Halloween, fun or scary, exciting or frightening, I am looking for awesome. This contest will be up until October 24th as then I will judge this contest and post the winners near October 31st. You can post any form you want to, but a maximum of 30 lines. You may place your name on the poem only if you wish to do so. I don’t mind, for this contest, if you place your name on the poem. But do place the name of the contest at the bottom of the poem and the date you wrote the poem. I only want new poetry for this contest.

So follow these rules:

1)Write a spooky and/or fun Halloween poem.

2)Use any form you want in the making of this poem. But with a maximum of 30 lines.

3)You may write name on the poem if you want to, but it’s not a requirement.

4)Write the name of this contest on the bottom of your poem

5)Place the date on the poem

6)Must be a new poem

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