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Villanelle Poetry Contest

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Villanelle poetry form only.
Poetry Contest Deadline: Friday, February 8, 2019
18 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Nina Parmenter | Send Soup Mail

Contest Dealine:

2/8/2019 12:00:00 AM

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Contest Description

The Brief

OK, here's a challenge... write me a villanelle!

Your villanelle must have a beautiful, uplifting, or fun theme and be written using either iambic pentameter or iambic tetrameter.

You must get the rhythm and the form right and deliver something gorgeous!


A villanelle is a 19-line poem with only two rhymes and a pattern of refrains.

It consists of five tercets followed by a quatrain, with the following rhyme scheme, where A1 and A2 are repeated "refrain" lines:

 A1 b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 / a b A2 / a b A1 A2

Small variations in the refrain lines are permitted.


If you're not familiar with the villanelle form, it's best understood by reading a couple of examples.

I have written a villanelle as an example here:

You Dance - Villanelle by Nina Parmenter

and the following link is also very helpful, with lots of examples:

Villanelle definition and examples

Submitting Your Poem

Please take note of the following, which will help me to keep the judging anonymous:

  • Please left align your poem
  • Do not italicise your poem throughout
  • If you wish to name the contest and sponsor at the foot of your poem, please do so like this:




It's a premier contest, so the winner gets a shiny virtual trophy. Ten places max.


Please soupmail me if you have any questions. Enjoy!