Saturday, January 09, 2010

Write short poems - enter contests!

If one of your resolutions this January is to write more poetry, don’t let the task overwhelm you. Remember poems don’t have to be long!

My latest Poets Classroom article, “Shorter, Shortest” is a delve into some very short forms, the Clerihew (four lines), Haiku (three lines), Haiga (three lines) and Bantu (two lines). It follows the December article, “Short” which talks about three forms of five-line poetry: Tanka, Cinquain and Limerick.

And while you’re on the Utmost site, check out the annual Utmost Christian Poetry Contest. Contest-meister Nathan Harms tells us only a handful of poems have been received to date. This contest awards $3000 in cash prizes, so with less entries than usual this may be your year to cash in! Due date for entries is February 28, 2010.

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