The WD Poetic Form Challenge is your opportunity to write and share a poem for a chance to get published in Writer's Digest magazine in the Poetic Asides column. This time around, we're writing the strambotto, an Italian 8-liner.
It's been a while since we've done a poetic form challenge. So let's do one! This time around, we'll write the strambotto.
Find the rules for writing the strambotto here. This Italian form features eight 11-syllable lines with an abababab rhyme scheme.
So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) for a chance to be published in Writer’s Digest magazine–as part of the Poetic Asides column. (Note: You have to log in to the site to post comments/poems; creating an account is free.)
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Here’s how the challenge works:
- Challenge is free. No entry fee.
- The winner (and sometimes a runner-up or two) will be featured in a future edition of Writer’s Digest magazine as part of the Poetic Asides column.
- Deadline 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, GA time) on May 31, 2019.
- Poets can enter as many strambottos as they wish. The more “work” you make for me the better, but remember: I’m judging on quality, not quantity.
- All poems should be previously unpublished. If you have a specific question about your specific situation, just send me an e-mail at email@example.com. Or just write a new strambotto. They’re fun to write; I promise.
- I will only consider strambottos shared in the comments below. It gets too confusing for me to check other posts, go to other blogs, etc.
- Speaking of posting, if this is your first time, your comment may not appear immediately. However, it should appear within a day (or 3–if shared on the weekend). So just hang tight, and it should appear eventually. If not, send me an e-mail at the address above.
- Please include your name as you would like it to appear in print. If you don’t, I’ll be forced to use your user/screen name, which might be something like HaikuPrincess007 or MrLineBreaker. WD has a healthy circulation, so make it easy for me to get your byline correct.
- Finally–and most importantly–be sure to have fun!