What to Submit?
One NEW original SONNET on the theme of MOVIE MAGIC ...
I want you to put yourself into a favorite movie as one of the principal characters, and change the story line in whatever direction you want to take it. I would like a standard FOURTEEN-LINE Sonnet with TEN syllables of IAMBIC PENTAMETER per line, and EXACT rhyme, (for example: "walking" and "fishing" is NOT exact rhyme - "walking" and "talking" IS) ...
I will not DQ you for these instances/issues, but it WILL affect your placement, as will spelling and grammar mistakes, (and The Soup now has a new grammar tool, so that should help you out, though it's a "guide" and not always perfect). As poets - craftsmen/women of the written word, spelling and grammar should be our FIRST concern and the starting point, not a secondary consideration ...
At the bottom I would like:
1) Date Written
2) Name of Contest
3) Name of Sponsor
4) Name of Movie and Chosen Character
You do NOT have to follow the plot line of the original, (take it anywhere you wish!), but you CAN if you so desire, but if you DO, create a different situation or result, don't just describe the movie as it is. I have seen an extraordinary amount of movies, so don't expect to "put one over" on me, lol. Please have fun with it, and make it funny, sad, dark, exciting, sensual, crazy, ambiguous, layered - whatEVER you wish!
You're the actor AND director/playwrite - it's your baby! Do NOT put YOUR name on it or submit anything that's not about the subject or is not a Sonnet, or you will be disqualified. The TITLE can be whatever you wish. I judge BLIND. I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season! If you have any questions, feel free to Soup Mail me. This is NOT a premiere contest, so there will be multiple placements. Thank you for entering!
First Prize, Most Glory
Second Prize, More Glory
Third Prize, Glory
Multiple Placements - If you follow the rules you WILL be placed.
Preparing Your Entry
Submit one copy of your poem online. Format your poem. Please make your entry easy to read — illustrations and fancy fonts are fine.
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.