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Best Love Poem # 4

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3/9/2016 12:00:00 AM

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Image result for heart images

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of 

Image result for heart images......Best Love Poem # 4......
Any form is acceptable.

Prizes

smiles and glory

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In any way you like.  

Do not enter a poem you've entered in my past love contest

(( a poet destroyer contest ))

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:)  ~

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Haiku 102

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3/9/2016 12:00:00 AM

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What to Submit?

1 original, HAIKU on the theme   

In The Deep

(use the image below)

.............
HAIKU (3lineverse) FORM 

Prizes  (nothing)

I'll have 7-10 placements

Do your best. I will not accept free verse 

NATE

Contest Name

Entwined

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Contest Dealine

3/6/2016 12:00:00 AM

Contest Description

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of .............Entwined

Wherever that word takes your poetic pen . . .


Any form is acceptable (except I Don't Know)

***Only accepted title is , Entwined***

New Poems only, dated at bottom !!

No Names

**If you edit your poem after entry, send me a soupmail, so I will look at it again.**

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Please check your poem for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and presentation.  Follow all Poetry Soup rules and regulations. Placements will be determined at judging. Any questions, soupmail me.

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Contest Name

OUR YEAR IN LOVE

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After some deliberations between James and I, we finally decided to extend the lines of the poem.... 14 - 30 lines... but still it must be in RHYME FORM OF POETRY ONLY....

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Contest Dealine

2/27/2016 12:00:00 AM

Contest Description

What to Submit?

A New Poem.

A poem that talks how, when, where did you meet your true love and when you and your partner agreed this: OUR YEAR IN LOVE... enlightened 

heartblushheart

 

James and me wants to know your love story in a RHYME FORM of POETRY only,  14-20 lines... include the date and no names.

make your own title but it must include the words: "IN LOVE"... 

heart...good flow, creative imagery.. original phrases...heart

heart...share to us that feeling, share to us your heartbeats...heart

heart...let your words flow in love...heart

~heart~Winners will be decided by James and me...~heart~

***thank you for all the participants in my last contest... 

Prizes

JOY of reminiscing your love story with us readers..

being an inspiration...

healthy creative exercise of the heart and mind...

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. 

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

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

Contest Name

FIVE PROOF: FREE VERSE THAT SHOWS IT AIN'T NO PROSE

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Some have asked for more time, had begun work on an entry. This contest filled up so quickly! I am thrilled with the entries, but I will give the Soupers who still want to enter this contest a few more days... I've upped the number of entries to allow for this time. Thank you to everyone who has submitted their poetry. You guys did so well! Please ensure that a notation of devices used is included within your submission. Unfortunately, several poems have not included the notation. There are only three placements. To place in this contest A NOTATION MUST BE INCLUDED. Thank you.

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Contest Dealine

2/22/2016 12:00:00 AM

Contest Description

This is a free verse contest --~~~ with a twist.

*****each poet that enters this contest agrees that I may use their poem in a winners’ blog.  By entering this contest you give me permission to use your poem on one Soup blog for a non-critical review and for congratulatory purposes.*****

Second, each contestant must PROVE that what they have written is —in fact—a poem. This contest is for those who wish to really LOOK at their own poetry.

Third, the poem you enter must be new and written for this contest.

CONTEST EXPECTATIONS:

1) write a free verse poem. Subject or theme is open (but keep within the Poetry Soups rules of conduct)

2)  The following five things are required for placement:

i) A complete absence of clichés, idioms or common sayings of any kind.

ii) a unique theme or subject. (Please, no poems about love lost, great lovers, rainbows or gardens.)

iii) A focus on figurative language (heightened metaphor, language that tantalizes) If unsure of what I mean here are three excellent examples of figurative language

http://www.cortlandreview.com/issue/69/king.php

http://www.pifmagazine.com/2015/02/the-tides/

http://www.contemporaryverse2.ca/en/poetry/excerpt/winter-archive

iv) At least ONE original word pairing (two words that play off each other in a fresh and unique way) here is an excellent resource for all poets.  If you do not know what an original word pairing is please watch this YouTube video. (this is a great video but you can go to 5:10 if you specifically want to learn about original word pairings)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoKSp_TrWYs

v) Connotation –  show me that voodoo that you do.  Some of those words should ring out with their double meaning, their playfulness or their ability to give us that “aha” moment.

3) Five or more literary devices.  Should you wish more information, simply Google “literary device” and you will find some good links.  These can be incorporated through revision. Now, please, do not smugly send me a poem with an overkill of devices, you know, just to badger me.  Harassment and ridicule is just wasting BOTH of our time.   (insert your snicker here)

Okay, here is the list

Alliteration

Allusion

Ambiguity

Assonance

Asyndeton

Cacophony

Cadence

Caesura

Consonance

Contrast

Double Entendre

Euphony

Hyperbole

Imagery

Internal rhyme

Irony

Juxtaposition

Meiosis

Mood

Onomatopoeia

Paradox

Parallelism

Repetition

             Synesthesia

 

4) You MUST include a notation at the end of the poem.  You MUST let me know which five literary devices (or more) which you’ve chosen. No notation, no placement.

CONTEST WINS:

One First, One Second and One Third place, only.

A winners’ blog (Review) to showcase the brilliance of the winning poems.

I would like to write a review of the first place poem—with the winner’s permission—and submit it as an article exclusively to Poetry Soup. Your poem could be used as a teaching tool for poets who would like to further develop their Vers Libre. The review will be sent to the first place winner for approval prior to it being submitted to Poetry Soup.

I know this is not an easy contest.  I know some of you are thinking, I can’t and I couldn’t. 

BAH!  You can do this! 

PS - Please check my future blogs for updates and reminders.  

Contest Name

Way Back Then When I Was Ten

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Contest Dealine

2/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

Contest Description

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of .... what life was like when you were ten years old.

 

Poems must rhyme, any form of rhyme is acceptable.

The line... way back then when I was ten... must appear somewhere in your poem.

Please use my poem... Way Back Then When I Was Ten... as an example of what I may be looking for in judging this contest.

NO NAMES

 

 

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.

Contest Name

Valentine's Villanelle Challenge

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2/20/2016 12:00:00 AM

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Valentine's Villanelle Challenge

Valentine's Day is just a few weeks off and still no challenge!

So I'm taking the heart by its arrow and proposing an challenge to all the free versers hear to submit to the restraints of poetic form and craft a Valentine villanelle.  I'm partial to a Valentine in part because I'm fond of alliteration but also because, I've been gobsmacked by Elisabeth Bishop's "One Art "

Plese note only poems in the Villanelle form will be considered. From Wiki:

The villanelle consists of five stanzas of three lines (tercets) followed by a single stanza of four lines (a quatrain) for a total of nineteen lines. It is structured by two repeating rhymes and two refrains: the first line of the first stanza serves as the last line of the second and fourth stanzas, and the third line of the first stanza serves as the last line of the third and fifth stanzas. The rhyme-and-refrain pattern of the villanelle can be schematized as A1bA2 abA1 abA2 abA1 abA2 abA1A2 where letters ("a" and "b") indicate the two rhyme sounds, upper case indicates a refrain ("A"), and superscript numerals (1 and 2) indicate Refrain 1 and Refrain

The villanelle has no established meter,] although most 19th-century villanelles have used trimeter or tetrameter and most 20th-century villanelles have used pentameter. Slight alteration of the refrain line is permissible.

What to Submit?

1 original, Valentine's Villanelle

form: villanelle https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poems?field_form_tid=428
 

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.

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

Contest Name

Write Me a Duet

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Contest Dealine

1/9/2016 12:00:00 AM

Contest Description

For this contest, I want you to work with another poet to write a DUET. I am looking for at least four verses and a repeating chorus throughout. Bonus points for good flow and rhyme. 

You can use any theme you'd like, but I want the focus to be on a relationship (whether between spouses, friends, parent/child, siblings, lovers, etc.) The verses should answer each other with alternating perspectives. This could take the form of a conversation, a quarrel, a debate, etc.

***Both poets can feel free to enter this contest - I will place both entries together so that both poets receive recognition for their work.

 

Good luck! :)

 

Contest Name

Christmas with Christ

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Contest Dealine

12/5/2015 12:00:00 AM

Contest Description

Imagine you are in Bethlehem at the time of the Messiah's birth. What role would you like to play in his miraculous appearance? You could be a shepherd, a wise man, a curious villager, an announcing angel, even Mary or Joseph, or some character of your wonderful imagination. The object is to be in and a part of the poem/story as it takes place in your own words. What will you do when you see the infant King? Will you bow and worship? Bring him a gift? Sing him a song? Hold him and thank the Father for his deliverance? Let's see what gems you can sculpt with this theme.

 
Please no names on entries.
 
Contest deadline is final.
 
Any form accepted.
 
 

 

Contest Name

Funny Kids Poem Contest

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Contest Dealine

11/7/2015 12:00:00 AM

Contest Description

What to Submit?

Write a funny poem that targets children.

Criteria

  • MUST use the words “funny” and “kids” somewhere in the Title…like:
    • A Funny Haiku for Kids
    • Funny Elephants for Kids
    • Funny Kids with Big Feet
    • Kids Like Funny Limericks
  • The poem must be child-friendly
  • Must be able to accept PayPal for your prize money

Prizes

First Prize, $10
Second Prize, $10
Third Prize, $10
Sever Honorable Mentions

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

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

Contest Name

Titles

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Contest Dealine

9/30/2015 12:00:00 AM

Contest Description

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of .............A RHYME that incorporates the Titles of the first 5 poems you've posted to PoetrySoup.
 

Prizes

First Prize, Glory
Second Prize, Glory
Third 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.

Contest Name

NATIVE AMERICAN COLLAGE

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Contest Dealine

9/5/2015 12:00:00 AM

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What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of .............NATIVE AMERICAN COLLAGE: There are many subjects to base your theme on: Culture points...Symbolisms...like Animals &r Birds...A sterling Example is my PRIZE winning Poem: "THE RAVEN' Posted in my Poetry page...I've written others not listed presently: "I went to see a 'Shaman' at a place called 'Wounded Knee" "TALE OF THE SIOUX" ...Where I tell about life's creation...from the mind of Native American Sioux... (NOT POSTED at present)...these are just examples you may use
Any form is acceptable.

Prizes

First Prize,  POETRY BOOK OF 'POES' POEMS or other similar types...in the event there are multiple winners. Your option to accept.
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.

Contest Name

Shadows

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Contest Dealine

8/10/2015 12:00:00 AM

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What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of Shadows. What or who are they to you? Memories that keep you from moving forward? Fear and doubt for the future? Or are they just the absence of light? Do they walk , climb, slink, or slip? Are they in you or around you? These are the things I want to know. So in this, the very first contest I host. Take me to your shadows.

No more than 20 lines. While I am hosting this and awarding the first place prize I will be recruiting friends and peers at Poetrysoup to help with the judging process.

Your work will be judged more so on depth than punctuation and flow and ebb. All of these things are important to a good high quality poem. But none of these things should hinder the message your heart wants to relay. Draw deep then deeper.

Good luck. 

Sample Poem

I Am Shadows

 

I felt the shadows gathering

lining up and down the halls.

Slipping neath the unlocked door,

and climbing up my walls.

 

Finally I dimmed the lights

and bid them all come in.

I sat down in my easy chair,

to welcome my old friend.

 

We talked of secrets we had shared

and secrets we had kept.

Dreams the shadows watched me dream

at night time while I slept.

 

We laughed and cried the night away

we shared some memories too.

But we never spoke of daylight,

and we never spoke of you.

 

Cause daylight drives out shadows

to the point they cease to be.

I feel the pain of shadows

cause it's what you did to me.

 

So caught up in your glory

how I loved to watch you shine.

But enough was not enough

you wanted all of mine.

 

So I sit in the shadows

as you share your light with him.

Shadows now all I have left

and I am one of them.

 

Edwin C Hofert

Any form is acceptable.

Prizes

First Prize, One year Premium Membership at poetrysoup.com
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.

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I, Icon

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Contest Dealine

4/25/2015 12:00:00 AM

Contest Description

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of ............. I, Icon, your choice of interpretation. Your choice of form.

The intent of this theme is to immortalize yourself in some way as an opposition to acts which seek to hurt others in order to become known. 

New poems please. Date your poem.


Any form is acceptable that is longer than 10 lines.

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.

Contest Name

Repeat After Me

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Contest Dealine

4/15/2015 12:00:00 AM

Contest Description

Rules:

I really love repeating poetry. For this contest, submit a NEW poem on any subject of your choosing. Accepted forms are: Villanelle, Pantoum, or Terzanelle. (I know there are other repeating forms, but these are my favorites)

I will choose 5 winners total. 1st thru 3rd and 2 honourable mentions.

My judging will be based primarily on how your poem flows (meter, rhythm, etc). Then I will look at how well your repeaters fit within the contents of the 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.

Contest Name

Florida Nature

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Contest Dealine

3/16/2015 12:00:00 AM

Contest Description

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of .............Florida Nature

There's much more to Florida than DIsney World and beaches (even I sometimes forget). Below is a few paintings of Florida's outdoors, farming, wildlife and nature. The artist is Robert Butler, a naturalist painter and Floridian, who brought attention to Florida's agriculture and wildlife. Use one of these paintings to inspire a poem about my home state, or if you find another Robert Butler painting that inspires you, please tell me the name of the painting.  

RULES:

1. NO NAMES PLEASE!!

2. ANY form is acceptable, 8 - 30 lines 

3. The only title acceptable is Florida Nature

4. Only New Poems (Please Date)

5. Please tell me under your poem which Rober Butler painting inspired you.

Thanks everyone...I hope you enjoy discovering another side of my home state! 

 

   

Joe's Corner

 

Sugar Harvest

 

Fern Garden

 

Golden Grove

 

Cracker Cowman

 

Wild Symphony

 

Majestic Pose


 

Prizes

First Prize - 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.

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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.

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Dodoitsu

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Contest Dealine

3/4/2015 12:00:00 AM

Contest Description

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of    LOVE OR HUMOR
The form is acceptable.  "DODOITSU"  ( Submit Two Dodoitsu only)

The Dodoitsu is a fixed folk song form of Japanese origin and is often about love or humor. It has 26 syllables made of of four lines of 7, 7, 7, 5 syllables respectively. It is unrhymed and non-metrical.

 

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.

Contest Name

Small Gifts - Contributing to Other's Happiness

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No, I have not forgotten you dear fellow poets and deeply apologize for the delay in judging your entries. Life has been complicated by my own illness, illness of friends, and both the actual and impending death of friends, all part of the ever changing landscape of life I guess, especially as we get older. Good health is such an under-appreciated blessing! But I shall return soon and hopefully make a small contribution to at least some of you being happy! :-)

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12/27/2014 12:00:00 AM

Contest Description

 

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of Small Gifts - Contntributing to Other's Happiness


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.

I have posted my own version of a poem by this title on my site as well which I hope will inspire others to share their take on the subject, their life experiences in this area, or as I have done, give voice to the impact that small gifts have made in their own lives

Contest Name

Addictive Poetry

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9/20/2014 12:00:00 AM

Contest Description

What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of .............

Addiction; any kind. I know firsthand the battles. Tell me about yours or that of a friend or loved one. How does it affect the mind, body, Soul and family, in your opinion. Don't be afraid; don't be vague. Gut me with emotion.
 

"Free-verse" is acceptable, but rhyme is preferred. No haiku or haiku-adjacent. 16 lines or less; I know you can do it. Add your name, please. Un-named entries will be dismissed. For an idea of what I am seeking, see my poems:

http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems_poets/poem_detail.aspx?ID=501397

http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems_poets/poem_detail.aspx?ID=502913

 

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.

Contest Name

When doing wrong feels so right

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9/10/2014 12:00:00 AM

Contest Description

What to Submit?

ONE NEW POEM on When Doing Wrong Feels So Right!!
Any form is acceptable.

My last contest was such an enormous success It took me a while to find another subject worthy! 

This does not have to be about relationships, it can be about any subject matter. All I ask of you is to tell me a story about a time in your life when you have done something that as an adult you know is wrong but you commit to it anyways!! I am a picky judge so use your imagination, play on your words and get passionate. I want you to pour your heart out!! Charmaine Chircop mentioned to me through one of her comments that she, and I quote: "Felt a heartbeat through my words" That is exactly what I am looking for!! 

I want your submissions with your name and date. Older poetry will not be accepted because its not what I am looking for!! Have fun with this contest, I look forward to reading all of your wonderful poetry!!

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.

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