Poetry

Sad Poems

The feeling of sadness isn’t always a bad thing; sometimes it’s quite beautiful and even cathartic. So, that’s the contest: make us cry. The poem we think is the saddest will earn its writer $100.

Published: June 23, 2016

Octopus With A Quill 2.0

Hey there! With OWAQ (Octopus With A Quill) in its second season, OWAQ 2.0, here is your chance to showcase what you have got. Octopi are known for their intellect and creativity. Their eight arms are a symbol of coming together of multiple kinds of thoughts and a multi-faceted personality. We hope that settles why …

Published: June 23, 2016

2-4-2 Poetry

The challenge for this poetry contest is to write a 2-4-2 syllable poem. This poem has only three lines. But there is a specific syllable count to follow. The first line has 2 syllables, the second line has 4 syllables and the last line 2 syllables. The subject can be anything.

Published: June 23, 2016

Four Line Poem

Write a four line poem that has a specific syllable count. The subject can be anything. But follow a specific syllable count. The first line has 1 syllable, the second line has 5 syllables, the third line also has 5 syllables, and the last line has 9 syllables.

Published: June 23, 2016

Blank Verse Poetry

The challenge for this contest is to write a blank verse poem. That is a poem is written without rhymes with a specific meter. It is a poetic form that is often used in narrative and dramatic poetry.

Published: June 23, 2016

Humor Us Contest

Humor Us is looking for books with a good dose of funny. Maybe yours is a dark humor, a parody, or a good, old-fashioned buddy comedy — whatever it is, we want to read it. Your manuscript can be either fiction or nonfiction in at least a first draft (sorry, Bards, no limericks this time). …

Published: June 23, 2016

Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers

The 2016 Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers will be held on October 14 and October 15 at The University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. The program features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, masterclasses, panel discussions, and individual editing sessions with faculty. Participants include poets Robin Coste Lewis and Chloe …

Published: May 31, 2016

5-7-5 Poetry Contest

Share a 5-7-5 poem. That’s a poem where the first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. EXAMPLE As the birds fly south (5 syllables) I make reservations to (7 syllables) Go to Florida. (5 syllables)

Published: May 31, 2016

Palindrome Poetry

A palindrome is a word (or sentence) that reads the same backwards as forward. So “rotor” is a palindrome. For a palindrome poem you incorporate it into your poem but do so with each sentence. It’s a fun and challenging form of poetry. Simple Example Life Is Good Good Is Life

Published: May 31, 2016