I’ve been carrying around this idea in my back pocket since I started this blog with Nancy Breen. The only thing holding me back is how to best accomplish. Now that we’ve weathered a quite a few writing challenges, including form-based writing challenged, I think the time is right for this new challenge.
Between now and February 15, 2011, the challenge is to create a brand new poetic form. The winning entry will be formally introduced as a new poetic form on this blog, used as a poetic form challenge and the form will be featured (and the creator credited) in a future issue of Writer’s Digest magazine. It’s hard to imagine a better way to introduce a new poetic form to the writing masses. Also, I’m sure I’ll be sending some other cool swag to the winning creator as well, though the immortality of creating a new poetic form should be enough motivation.
So come on, poets! Let’s roll up our poetic sleeves and start concocting new ways to poem.
Here are the guidelines:
- Poet must create a form that does not rely on an already established form. For instance, a poet can’t slap a haiku before a sestina and claim that this is a new form called something like hai-tina–or whatever. However, the new form could be some new variation like Robert Kelly’s lune is a new form inspired by haiku.
- Poet must clearly define the rules of the form. If I can’t understand the rules, then I can’t pass them on to anyone else.
- Poet must provide at least one sample poem written using the form. This is more for my benefit of seeing how a poem in this form might read. The better I understand the form the easier it’ll be for me to make an informed decision.
- Submissions should be sent to me via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: 2011 Poetic Form Challenge
- I prefer submissions in body of e-mail, but I’ll accept .doc or .txt files if needed for formatting sample poem.
- Deadline is February 15. If you’re worried about time zones, save yourself some stress and submit by February 14.
If I need to add any clarification, just let me know in the comments to this post.
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