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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rondel

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(Quick note: My earlier sample messed up the rhyme scheme of the rondel, though the instructions have always been correct. Please make sure your rondels follow this rhyme scheme: ABba/abAB/abbaA. Happy poeming!)

Happy New Year!

Let's get 2013 off to a great start with a new WD Poetic Form Challenge. For this challenge, we're going to write therondel--a fun French poetic form. Click this link to review how to write a rondel.

For poets new to the WD Poetic Form Challenge, here's how it works:

  • Post as many rondels as you wish in the comments until the deadline (below).
  • Once the deadline has passed, I'll go through all the rondels and pick a winner (and usually a Top 10 list).
  • The winning rondel is published in a future issue of Writer's Digest magazine.
  • Please remember to include your name as you wish it to appear in the magazine with your rondel(s).
  • Deadline is January 10, 2013.

Any questions can be sent to me at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com, but I will only review rondels included in the comments below.

Good luck!


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