View Full Version : Last Day to Enter AW December Poetry Contest!!!

11-17-2011, 03:57 PM
On Novemebr 16th Blarg (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/member.php?u=35612) (current Poet Laureate)
announced the rules and regs for the
2011 December AW Poetry contest:

Welcome to ZIPCODE, the latest poetry contest here at Absolutewrite.com.

We're going to run it pretty much like the last contest we had, so I'm going to cut and paste a lot of poetinahat's write-up of that contest's rules here.

What It's About

Write a poem about place. Is there or has there been or will there ever be a "there" there in your where, or anywhere? Hide it, embroider it, or lay it bare. Maybe you want to show us the black roots of your blonde hair? Or maybe you're sui generis and just don't care?

One thing for sure is no one will know it if you don't share.

People vote for their top three favorites. First-place votes get three points; second-place votes get two points; third-place votes get one point.

The poem with the most points wins.

The Prize

I will donate a copy of American Splendor and More American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar, as well as a copy of Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition by Henry David Thoreau and Jeffrey Cramer.

Steppe has generously offered to donate "A Legacy of Shadows" by David Lee, in paperback and "The Poems Of Marianne Moore" edited by Grace Schulman, new in hardcover.

Three places will be "paid out." First prize gets first pick, etc.


Entrants must be members of AW in good standing since at least October 15, 2011.
One entry per member.
Poems must be three hundred words or fewer.
Poems must be sixty lines or fewer.
There is no restriction or requirement on poetic form.
Poems will be posted exactly as entered except that they will all be posted in the same font. No graphic images will be permitted. Please make sure your spelling and formatting are exactly as you want them before you submit the poems. I will not proofread or edit the entries.
All AW members in good standing since at least October 15, 2011, are eligible to vote.

Entrants are permitted to vote for their own poems.

Entrants must vote to be eligible to win.

How to Enter

Using the board's private message function, send me your original poem by December 15, 2011 at 11:59 PM US Eastern. (Know your time zones.) I will post the poems all at once and open the voting.

The poems will be both numbered and titled (if you submit without a title, it will be creatively called Untitled).

How to Vote

Once the poems are posted, you may send me your vote via PM one vote per current AW member in good standing, also using the private message function.

The subject line of the PM should be VOTE: ZIPCODE Contest.

In the body of the message, include up to three votes in order of preference, from first to third. List both the poem number and the title. For example:

3. Peyton Place
7. Kill my Landlord
8. Strapping on the Couch

Voting will close at 11:59 PM US Eastern on December 30, 2011. Any votes received after that time will not count.

I will then post complete results with vote totals for every entry, and announce the winner.

If you win, we'll need a mailing address of course. Prize donators will either mail your prize to you or have it sent from an online distributor.

All right, then, Zippy -- get cracking and claim your place! Good luck!

P.S.: All things considered, I've decided entries must be new unpublished poems only. Less hassles and questions that way for me and everyone concerned.

The Official Thread link in Poetry is here:


Get your entry ready!


Silver King
11-18-2011, 04:40 AM
Thanks for sharing the news of the contest with us, Kelly.

Silver King
11-19-2011, 06:19 AM
Bumping this announcement for those who might have missed it earlier.

11-20-2011, 08:00 AM
*There were a few minor changes Blarg made to the contest rules!!
So you may wish to re-read Blarg's Post

Please note that he's asking for 'new' unpublished poems,
and the last voting day has changed!

Come on people!
Let's have the best AW Poetry Contest ever! =)

11-27-2011, 06:09 AM
Not quite 3 weeks left until submissions close!

11-27-2011, 06:12 AM
ooh, thanks for posting this here Kelly


I need to get in gear and submit something and vote too...thanks

11-27-2011, 07:23 AM
I desperately want to read "strapping on the couch".

11-27-2011, 02:04 PM
LOL why read it when you can write it? :D You may come up with the best version!

11-30-2011, 07:26 PM
Now there's an idea! *runs off to write first poem in 5 years*

12-05-2011, 08:38 AM
Whaddya mean I only have about 10 days to write and submit the best poem I've ever written? Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!

*runs off to lonely writer's shack*

Silver King
12-08-2011, 03:11 AM
Another bump for those who may have missed this thread earlier.

12-10-2011, 04:16 PM
Four Days!!!

OMG, the deadline can't be that close can it???

Silver King
12-11-2011, 04:42 AM
Kelly bumps by day, and I bump by night. That makes us bumping buddies.

(Hopefully no one will misread that as humping buddies...)

12-12-2011, 03:47 AM
Dunno if I'enter, but I just now saw this - blame it on Kelly's link in her sig With The Big Font, and her posting in the "I just hate that Devil with kids image" thread. Hmm, now just where is Krampus from...

ETA: Bump.

12-12-2011, 04:00 AM
You think I enjoy going into strange threads with all those people I don't know!! But it's Poetry Contest time... and someone has to get the word out. ;)

12-14-2011, 02:46 AM
only TWO Days left to enter!

12-15-2011, 03:33 PM
17 hours 27 minutes...

that's all you have left to get your poem submitted!

Silver King
12-16-2011, 05:40 AM
Time is running out, so hurry up and get that ode up to code!