Poetry

New Writer Awards – Sequestrum

Over $500 in total prizes will be awarded to up-and-coming writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Prose and poetry will be judged separately with one first prize winner per genre. First prize of $200 (one per genre) and $50 runner-up prizes (minimum two per genre). All winners and runners-up will be published in our Spring …

Published: July 15, 2016

Quinzaine Poetry

A quinzaine is a poem with three lines that has fifteen syllables. The first line has seven syllables, five in the second line and three in the third line (7/5/3). The first line makes a statement. The next two lines ask a question relating to that statement. Example: I’m a very strong woman (7 syllables) …

Published: July 15, 2016

Etheree Poetry

For this Etheree Poetry Contest write a ten line poem. Here’s the challenge. Your first line has to be a 1 syllable word. For every line that follows adds a syllable. So your second line has two syllables. Third line has three, etc… Your last line is a 10 syllable line. See an example in …

Published: June 29, 2016

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