2011 April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge: Guidelines

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This is the initial post for the 2011 April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge, and
it will be used to give the general guidelines for the 4th annual challenge.

Main Objective: Write some new poems during the month of
April. I provide the prompts (and my own poetic attempt); you write the
poems.

Dates:
April 1-30: Beginning at some reasonable
time on the morning of April 1, I will provide a prompt. I will repeat this
around the same reasonable time (usually between 8-11 a.m. Ohio-Georgia time)
throughout the month.

May 5: Each participant will submit his/her five (5) favorite poems from the
month. Rules for how to submit are included below.

July 4: After running the
Peachtree Road Race in the morning (unless I get up super early), I will make an
announcement of the top poems from the month and who the 2011 Poetic Asides Poet
Laureate will be (and possibly a few other notes of recognition).

July 5: We'll set our sights on
the fourth annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge. (Or so I hope.)

Guidelines during the month:

  • Poets should write a poem each day of April. (After all,
    this is the main goal of a poem-a-day challenge, right?)
  • Following the daily prompt is optional. (However, I will
    only consider poems at the end of the month that follow the prompts and specify
    which prompt prompted them.)
  • Posting poems on the Poetic Asides site in the Comments section is
    optional.
    (Reason: I know some poets have voiced concerns regarding the
    difficulty in posting comments and the possibility that posting can make a poem
    considered "published" in the eyes of some publishers.)
  • Participation is free.
  • No registration is required.
  • I will not be able to delete poems once they are added to the
    Comments section.

Guidelines for possible recognition:

  • Submit the 1-5 poems you wrote in April that you want considered as
    possible Top 50 poems for the month.
    Those who submit more than 5 poems
    will be disqualified. (Notes: To be considered for Poet Laureate, you will
    probably need to submit 5 poems, since I'll be looking for a consistency in
    quality.)
  • For each submitted poem, indicate which day and which prompt
    inspired the poem.
    I always try to stick to an honor system on these
    types of things, so please don't submit poems written before the challenge.
  • Submissions should be sent to robert.brewer@fwmedia.com
    with the Subject Line: My 2011 April PAD Submission.
  • Submissions should be sent by 11:59 p.m. (Georgia/Ohio
    time) on May 5, 2011.
    (Any received after this time will be
    disqualified.)
  • Poems should either be submitted either in the body of the e-mail or
    as a .txt or .doc file.
    (Note: You should be able to
    include in the body of the e-mail at the very least.)
  • I will choose a Top 50 for the month or Top 10% (whichever overall
    number is fewer).
  • Most likely, I will only select my Top list from the actual
    submissions, but I may notice a poem or two during the month from reading poems
    posted in the Comments section.
    (Note: This is one extra reason to consider
    posting your poems in the Comments if you're wishy-washy on doing so.)

Okay, I think that covers the basics, but like I mentioned earlier, I will be
updating these guidelines from here on out. So if you have any questions, please
leave them in the Comments for this specific post.

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