gadfly714 said: Hello, regarding the contest winners, I noticed that the sizzling contest wasn't concluded. Does that contest not get a winner, or is that for a later date?

We will need to extend that a bit given the lower volume of entries, and that the, ahem, nature of the content may not go well together with the other themes, so probably not putting in it the same anthology. Stay tuned…

Winners for previous contests

It has taken too long to get the winners out of the previous contests, and we decided to combine some of the contests to balance out the entries. To reflect this, one anthology will be published and will include all the best poems from multiple contests. Let’s test that for variety!

But now, time to announce winners of Tall Tales, Nobody’s Shadow, Words from the Wise and Heart for London.

The first prize goes to Andy Mac with the poem The Plumb Tree.

The second prize goes to rubyturtle888 for Eclipse.

The third prize goes to Elisa Cook for Incense Dreams.

Honorary mentions go to:

Craig Lincoln for I remember it well
Mia Durrant for Cry of the Seagull

We look forward to publishing the winners on the blog soon! Thanks to all who participated.

Musings of a major undiscovered talent. A poetry cartoon.

Musings of a major undiscovered talent. A poetry cartoon.

Contest deadlines extended!

We have extended the deadlines until the end of February for our poetry contests!

Enter any or all of these now:

Words from the Wise: What is the legacy you want to leave to your children? Or in general to the youth of this Earth? What guidance, encouragement, warnings would you want to pass on? What is so important that it needs to be known and remembered generation after generation? Or is anything – should the young just re-create their own way, without burdens from the past? Whatever your stance, let us know in this contest.

Sizzling: If you like it hot, you have found your theme. In this contest, we welcome romantic rhymes but also sizzling stanzas, lewd lines and naughty notes. Your poem can be erotica, love poetry (or lover poetry); it can be personal, voyeuristic or day-dreamt. This is an over-18 only contest, so don’t be afraid to steam the windows a little.

Nobody’s Shadow: Our first contest for poets under 18 year of age is titled Nobody’s Shadow. The theme is centred around independence, but without losing sight of the other that one must contrast against: a shadow needs a sun. Tell us of your experiences, expectations or lack of them. Tell us about your hopes, fears and dreams, but importantly, tells us about how you feel. Enter here!

Tall Tales: Are the tallest tales the bravest, with the highest stakes and most valiant outcomes? Are they stories about small people daring to dream big? Or is your idea of a tall tale a more cynical one that eschews recounting morals and achievements. Let’s come together with our multiple interpretations of the topic. Enter here!

Good luck!

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Wohoo! We like you too :) Welcome.

Poethood Blog: now at Tumblr

From now on, this is our Official Blog, as official as things get around here.

While I have you, here’s a reminder: there are free poetry contests closing soon, and you should participate! Look at these themes:

Nobody’s Shadow - A Young Poets’ Contest - Enter here!

  • Running from October 14 to January 31 (5 days to go)
  • First prize: 50.00 USD
  • Free Entry!

Our first contest for poets under 18 year of age is titled Nobody’s Shadow. The theme is centred around independence, but without losing sight of the other that one must contrast against: a shadow needs a sun. Tell us of your experiences, expectations or lack of them. Tell us about your hopes, fears and dreams, but importantly, tells us about how you feel. The maximum entry length is 200 words. The first prize is $50. Enter the poetry contest here!

Tall Tales - Enter here!

  • Running from October 01 to January 31 (5 days to go)
  • First prize: 50.00 USD
  • Free Entry!

Are the tallest tales the bravest, with the highest stakes and most valiant outcomes? Are they stories about small people daring to dream big? Or is your idea of a tall tale a more cynical one that eschews recounting morals and achievements. Let’s come together with our multiple interpretations of the topic. You are free to write in any style you choose, just write for impact. Even prose is fine as long as you adhere to the word limit of 500 words. Enter the poetry contest here.

To read more about the free poetry contests we run, check out Poethood.com.

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Waterfalls, behind the sharp rocks, in the distance. A faint mist of many colours.

fucknoandrew:

“poethood started following you”
Well how do you do?
I’m glad you’re following because posting more poems is what I plan to do. I was going to try and make something here, but I didn’t do so well because I couldn’t really convey this properly if I did.

I’m fine, thanks. Good stuff. Hope to hear from you more.

How the free poetry contests at Poethood.com work

Here is walkthrough on how the free poetry contests work.

You submit a poem to a contest. That doesn’t yet guarantee that the poem gets entered into the contest, however. It also needs to pass a public test of approval, and you as the contestant are responsible for making this happen. The poem needs to get 10 or more votes in the form of Facebook ‘Likes’. This happens by simply clicking the ‘Like’ button on the poem page.

When you submit the poem, it gets published on its own page. This link will be given to you after the submission of the poem.

How do you get these 10 votes? The best way is probably to promote your poem on Facebook by posting the link to the page where it is published and asking your friends to vote on it. Another way is to select a handful of your friends and send them an email with the same.

If you are writing under a pen name and wish to remain anonymous, you can also promote your poem by posting about it on a poetry forum, for example. We will also help you along by tweeting about all the new poems and also by featuring some of the poems we think haven’t received enough attention.

But the onus is on you as the contestant to ensure your poem passes this first test.

After this, the poem is entered into the contest. There are still live judging rounds for all the poems entered into contests, so this is not a popularity contest: the first round of public approval serves as a way to ensure the wider acceptance of the poem.

Another reminder: Poethood Bios

We are now grabbing at random and publishing one poet from the Poethood Bios and broadcasting that out to the world. If you haven’t already, please create a Poethood Bio in your My Poethood page – just click “Edit Bio”. It is fast and it is free. Then, tell your friends on Facebook.

We are about to make some exciting changes to Poethood, and the bios will play an important role in the future for promoting your poetry and writing. So go ahead and get started today!