We're going to try and get a WD Poetic Form Challenge going leading into the 2014 April PAD Challenge!
This time around, we’ll be writing triversen, an 18-line poetic form developed by William Carlos Williams. Compared to many previous poetic forms, the triversen seems pretty "free," but it's not without rules. Click here to read how to write a triversen.
Once you down the rules of triversen, start writing them and sharing here on the blog 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.)
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 April 6, 2014.
- Poets can enter as many triversens as they wish. The more “work” you make for me the better.
- All poems should be previously unpublished. If you have a specific question about your specific situation, just send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or just write a new triversen.
- I will only consider triversen 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 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!
Workshop your poetry!
Robert Lee Brewer is the author of Solving the World's Problems, a collection of poetry from Press 53. He's also Senior Content Editor of the Writer's Digest Writing Community, which means he edits books (Writer's Market, Poet's Market, and Guide to Self-Publishing), manages blogs, writes a poetry column for Writer's Digest magazine, speaks on publishing and poetry nationally, leads online education, and more. A former Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, Robert is married to the poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who will be traveling out to the Austin International Poetry Festival this April. Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.
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