31 March 2012
Welcome to FreeWriters Poetry Contest
We will be using ‘Free Verse’ style for our very first contest. Free verse is a form of poetry that does not necessarily follow to any specific meter patterns, rhyme, or any other pattern.
Free verse, despite its freedom, often still has some elements of form. Most free verse does observe a convention of lines and structure.
Although free verse requires no meter, rhyme, or other traditional poetic techniques, a poet can still use them to create some sense of structure. A clear example of this can be found in Walt Whitman’s poems, where he repeats certain phrases and uses commas to create both a rhythm and structure. Here’s a sample of his poem: Song of Myself
Because of a lack of predetermined form, free verse poems have the potential to take truly unique shapes. The poet is given more license to express and, unrestrained by traditional bounds, has more control over the development of the poem. This could allow for a more spontaneous and essentially individualizing factor.
Now that you have an idea of what we want for the contest, here’s the additional challenge for you. The poem you will write MUST use one of the picture prompts we are providing. When you submit your entry, you MUST to specify the picture number with it.
You can choose from the picture prompts here: FWAR Poetry Contest Picture Prompts.
Remember, only picture prompts we provided can be used. The poem to be acceptable CANNOT exceed 300 words. We can only accept three entries per participant. Learn more about our contest submission guideline here: Rules and Guidelines.
Please make sure to check the rules and guidelines section first to familiarize yourselves with the submission requirements.
You can submit your entries at firstname.lastname@example.org beginning March 25, 2012.
Deadline for submissions is on April 14, 2012, 12AM- Eastern time.
Voting shall commence on April 15-20. The voting link will be provided before the submission deadline is over. A first and second place winners will be awarded based on the poll. Depending on the amount of entries, we will decide to name a honorable mention entry should it becomes necessary.
Simple enough? Good! Start getting those juices flowing. We wish you all a fun time writing and the best of luck.
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