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Ex-firefighter - Texas (Dallas/Ft. Worth area...near DFW Airport)...

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Very average guitar player and below average poet/writer...

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Sour Grapes - Update!!!

Blog Posted:9/5/2018 2:44:00 PM

    There have been approximately 3 of the "30 something" entries that have complied with contest instructions.  "Sour Grapes" refers to an Aesop's fable about a fox that tried to reach a bunch of grapes on a vine. After several futile attempts to reach them he failed.  And as a result, he stated that they were probably sour anyway.  This is the basic theme for this contest.  It's not about grapes or anything in particular, it's simply about wanting or striving for something and when you fail to achieve it, complaining that the goal and/or those you deemed responsible for your failure were never worthy of the pursuit...thus "sour grapes". 

   Also, I have had several entries that do not comply with the PS sonnet form or the internet "shakespearean" form (not even close) and rhyming pattern -abab cdcd efef gg -  Also, it must be titled "Sour Grapes".

   I have extended the contest one week.  Since this is a blind contest, I cannot email anyone concerning their entry...I don't know who entered what.  I have an example on my site so you can get a nudge in the right direction - "Sour Grapes".   If the poem does not fit the catagory it will not place.  At this point, this will be an easy one to judge since only about 3 entries fit the catagory.

Thanks...and give me some of them "Sour Grapes".  I know we all have it in us!!!!


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Date: 9/7/2018 10:25:00 AM
I clearly missed one of the rules even though I had made every attempt to comply. Why so many rules! Just kidding. It WOULD be nice if there were a way that the site allowed you to reply to a submission without knowing who it was going to. I'll be judging my first contest shortly so I understand the struggle.
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Mark Massey
Date: 9/7/2018 12:11:00 PM
I certainly appreciate your input Jesse. Congrats to you as well...sitting atop the monthly Best 100 is no small feat when being compared to this group of writers. Well done and well deserved !!!
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Date: 9/7/2018 11:44:00 AM
Sorry, I often forget sarcasm doesn't work well in the written word. I absolutely understand why you have the rules. I just tend to ponder on the contest content and then have forgotten them bu the time I post. The fault is with me. I just need to reread the rules before I enter. I am just glad I found the Blog section of the site (just today).
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Date: 9/7/2018 10:46:00 AM
Also, we all screw up...especially me! A lot of seasoned poets have given up contests because it is difficult work. But for the most part, everyone tries really hard to make this a fun site and we all deserve a little latitude (leniency) enjoy the site and all it has to offer!!!
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Date: 9/7/2018 10:42:00 AM
Jesse, The rules, in my opinion, provide two things. First, they define the parameters of a contest, otherwise all of the contests would be the same (boring). And the other reason is they require the poets to be accountable to the defined contest and the judge to be accountable for his or her decision- thus no unfairness to the hard working writers. Thanks and good luck with your first contest!
Date: 9/5/2018 6:14:00 PM
Mark, I think some peeps just enter contests in the hopes of placing. This is due in part to some judges who do not enforce their rules. I still remember a poem that was entered into one of my contests years ago, I really liked the poem but had to NA it due to homophone error. I really did not want to do it, but had to regarding integrity. In the long run, this has benefited the author, because I have remembered her poem, more so than most that have placed in my contests.
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Date: 9/5/2018 4:09:00 PM
Mark, nice of you to do this blog, but those who ignored your contest rules will most likely ignore this blog. Hosting contests is a lot of work, so those who blow off the rules deserve NA, actually, they are begging for it.
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Date: 9/5/2018 5:03:00 PM
Rob, All of the entries have been fun to read...but for some, I was so surprised by the form and content that I could not relate them to the contest rules - but the poems are really good - I would not be able to explain it if I posted them with the winners. It made me wonder if they entered the right contest.
Date: 9/5/2018 3:39:00 PM
I just tried to be a little different with mine because I could not think of a story like the one of he fable!! Anyway, good luck with your contest, Mark.
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Date: 9/5/2018 4:50:00 PM
Thanks Andrea

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