** PLEASE NOTE **
This will be similar to the previous Arbitrium Divisa contest, only it must be in RHYME form, (labeled as such), and must be EXACT rhyme. This will be a PREMIERE contest with only TEN placements. Keep in mind there are 34 other entries, so the finalists often come down to small things like grammar, spelling, flow, word choice, etc - keep it smooth and substantive and rich. Please do NOT put your name or any identifying marks on your entry
What to Submit?
ONE original poem in a form I named "RITHIMUS DIVISA", which is quite simply a FOUR-line (no more, no less) stanza of Rhyme on any topic, taken from a poem of yours ALREADY WRITTEN. It must be a stanza that already exists as such HERE on Poetry Soup, (the words/lines in the same order as the original), that will also stand on its own as a poem ...
Please give this stanza a NEW name, and reference the poem it was taken from at the bottom, (along with the date, contest name, and sponsor). If the reference is missing, it will be N/A'd. It can be ANY form of rhyme, but it must be four lines in their original order and posted as "Rhyme". If you'd like to separate the lines differently or compress, you may do so, as long as the words are still in their original sequence.
* Please DO NOT use a poem you entered in one of the previous Arbitrium Divisa contests. *
Any questions, please Soup Mail me ... my example is at the link below.
Soften, Spring - Rithimus Divisa
First Prize - Most Glory
Second Prize - More Glory
Third Prize - Glory
... and seven more wonderfully glorious placements!
Preparing Your Entry
Format your poem. Please make your entry easy to read ... spelling and grammar will not disqualify, but they WILL affect placement. The four lines of verse MUST be presented as they were in the original. Fancy fonts are fine - words are words, slant or no. REMINDER: at bottom - name of poem taken from, date, contest name, and sponsor.
Poems should be in English. Poems translated from other languages are not eligible, unless you wrote both the original poem and the translation. Spelling and grammar won't DQ you, (unless it's atrocious or offensive), but it WILL affect placement, so if English is not your first language, please try to get a friend to proof-read for you, (I always have a couple missing plurals or syntax errors).
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. PLEASE read the directions - most of the N/A's that happen here at PS are when entrants don't take the time to READ the directions. Have enough respect for your fellow soupers and yourSELF to do so. Have fun, Dear Poets - that's what this is all about - thanks!
~ the bard