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Monorhyme
A Monorhyme is a poem in which all the lines have the same end rhyme.
Deadline: Today!


Rondeau

A Rondeau is a French form, 15 lines long, consisting of three stanzas: a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet with a rhyme scheme as follows: aabba aabR aabbaR. Lines 9 and 15 are short - a refrain (R) consisting of a phrase taken from line one. The other lines are longer (but all of the same metrical length).


Example #1:
Springtime Air

Come follow me, I'll lead you where
The days are fine and nights are fair;
Where fields of clover, lush and green,
Will visit you within this scene --
As March inhales the springtime air.

So come with me and we shall share
The freshness springtime can ensnare,
As fields of flowers thus convene.--
Come follow me...

Springtime's approach to which we're heir
Will bring about winter's repair,
Where we shall witness sights serene
And glory in that to be seen.
No other season can compare.
Come follow me...

Copyright © 2004 Dan Tharp

Example #2:
As I Was Warmed

As I was warmed by golden sun
And felt its peace when it was done,
A patch of clover, barely seen,
Reflected sun in jaunty green
As Winter fell and Spring had won.

I watched the children laugh and run.
I felt my spirit join their fun,
The lifting of a Winter screen
As I was warmed.

Time called for rain, but there was none.
A brand new season had begun
And March had painted pastel scene
As Jack Frost tried, once more, to glean
A final chill, but found not one
As I was warmed.

Copyright © 2004 Pam H. Murray

Example #3:
Winds of Chickamauga

Winds of Chickamauga do firmly blow
Through green clover?d fields where fireflies glow.
A March sunset inks the distant, gray sky,
Mapping the path of night; the end draws nigh
Down where the mighty Tennessee does flow.

Stars brightly gaze upon the Earth below,
Winking at the waves rocking to and fro.
Where light dares not reach, weeping willows cry
Winds of Chickamauga.

A bleak sign of daybreak begins to show
Just beyond the clouds hanging soft and low.
The early birds grasp the breezes on high;
Up into the morn, their silhouettes fly
Over white sailing ships cruising the slow
Winds of Chickamauga.

Copyright © 2004 Marie Summers
Deadline: In 2 Days


Diwali
Write a poem of any style on Diwali (Festival of Lights).
Deadline: In 2 Days


Love Poem Poetry Contest
Write a love poem. Your love poem can be fictional or non-fictional. It can be a humorous or a serious love poem. The choice is yours. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: In 2 Days


Nonet Poetry Contest
Write a nine line poem for this poetry contest. But you must count syllables. The first line of your poem will have 9 syllables. The second line has 8 syllables and the 7th line has seven. This continues until your final line which has one syllable. This contest has a cash prize. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: In 4 Days


Down with Terrorism
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the announcement.
Deadline: In 5 Days


Countries of the World
Write a story or essay about a country you have never visited and why you would like to visit it. Maximum 200 words.
Deadline: Oct 28th


American Were woman
The Guy painfully transforms into a woman three times a night, how did it happen? What's your version?
Deadline: Oct 28th


I Am Real
A fictional character(s) comes to life. What happens? Can be told from POV of writer or a character, but at some point author and character must meet. FICTIONAL STORIES ONLY, NO AUDIO, GRAPHICS. 1000-3000 words.
Deadline: Oct 29th


What If?
What IfFor this contest you are presented with a "what if" for your character. What if you were the only human that exists? Write for this contest and a cash prize.
Deadline: Oct 31st


Lyrics Make The Song Contest
Share song lyrics for this song writing contest.
Deadline: Oct 31st


My Secret FanStory Crush
See the contest announcement for details.
Deadline: Oct 31st




Joan D'arc
Saint Joan was burnt at the stake in 1431. She was a warrior and soldier who became possessed by God and three Archangels to change the circumstances of war. She was obsessive and overpowering.
Deadline: Nov 1st


Double-Blind Challenge
Who is up for a real challenge? Book a spot on the competition, PM me you've done so and I'll give you a scenario to write about. It's a proper blind challenge. No author names. No idea what scenario you'll get! FICTION ONLY. MINIMUM 1000 words.
Deadline: Nov 1st


Short Poem
For this contest you are to write a short poem. The poem should have exactly 20 syllables. You can structure it anyway you choose and choose the word count. But the total syllable count for the completed poem must have exactly 20 syllables total. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Nov 3rd


Halloween Poetry Contest
For our Halloween poetry contest we are looking for poems that somehow capture the fun, horror or excitement of this time of the year. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Nov 3rd


Halloween Horror Writing
Write a horror or thriller story for our Halloween writing contest. The story can have a Halloween theme or you can use your imagination to create a story that will put your readers on edge. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Nov 5th


Book It!
Write a new book in three months.
Deadline: Nov 7th


Six Word Poetry Contest
Write a poem using only six words. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Nov 7th


Dining Out
Write a short story, 1000 word minimum, that includes a scene with the characters dining in a restaurant. No poetry, audio or graphics. The dining scene should advance the story by making the reader wonder what happens next.
Deadline: Nov 10th


Romance Writing Contest
Write a story the brings two people together, two people who don't necessarily realize that they belong together but the audience is rooting for them. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Nov 11th


David and Goliath theme poem
Write a poem where the little guy beats the odds and gets the best of the big guy. Must have at least eight lines of no less than four syllables per line. Rhyming poetry only, please - no free verse.
Deadline: Nov 12th


Loop Poetry Contest
A fun poetry type that requires you to use the last word of each sentence as the starting word of the next sentence. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Nov 15th


ABC Poetry Contest
For this contest you are challenged to write a ABC poem. ABC poetry has five lines and often is used to express feelings. See the announcement for an example. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Nov 20th


Cinquain Poetry
Write an "Cinquain" poem for this contest. A cinquain poem is a poem that follows a specific format. Read the announcement for a sample poem. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Nov 24th


Presidents Hanging Out
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Nov 24th


Dating romance
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Nov 30th


One Line Poem
Write a monostich poem which is a poem that is only one line. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Nov 30th




2-4-2 Poetry
Write a 2-4-2 syllable poem. It has three lines. The first line has 2 syllables, the second line has 4 syllables and the last line 2 syllables. The subject can be anything. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Dec 3rd


5-7-5 Poetry Contest
For this contest you are to write a short poem. It should only have three lines. But the structure is that of a Haiku. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. Write about anything. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Dec 6th


This Sentence Starts The Story
Write a story that starts with this sentence: Did you hear that? Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Dec 8th


Minute
Write a Minute poem for this contest. A fun poem to write. It follows the "8,4,4,4" syllable count structure. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Dec 12th


Share Your Story
A memoir gives us the ability to write about our life. But you can write about life with the option to create and fabricate and to make sense of a life, or part of that life. Write a piece of your life! This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 16th


Four Line Poem
Write a four line poem that has a specific syllable count. The first line has 1 syllable, the second line has 5 syllables, the third line has 5 syllables, and the last line 9 syllables. The subject can be anything. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 20th


Christmas Story
Share a story that somehow involves Christmas. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Dec 25th


Christmas Poetry
Share a poem about Christmas. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 25th


Horror Story Writing Contest
Put your readers on edge or terrorize them for this horror writing contest. Write for this contest and a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 29th


Marriage Proposal
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the announcement.
Deadline: Dec 31st




Free Verse Poetry Contest
Write a free verse poem. This is a method of writing poetry that does not follow any structure or style. See an example and details in the announcement. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Jan 3rd


Antonym Poetry Contest
Write a four line poem. The first line is only one word. Second and third line can be formatted as you wish. The last line is the antonym (opposite meaning) of the word on the first line. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Jan 5th


Dialogue Only Writing Contest
Write a story using only dialogue. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jan 8th


Acrostic Poetry Contest
Write an acrostic poem. An acrostic poem is a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word. View an example in the announcement. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jan 13th


Flash Fiction - A Secret
Write a flash fiction story where a character has a secret that somehow influences the story. The secret does not have to be revealed. Write for this contest and a cash prize.
Deadline: Jan 17th


Faith Poetry Contest
The theme for this poetry contest is "faith". We are looking for poems that in some way pertain to this theme. It doesn't matter if it's spiritual, political, intellectual or emotional as long as faith is clearly represented. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Jan 20th


True Story Contest
Share a memory from your life. Share a moment, an object, a feeling, etc. This does not have to be a profound memory, but should allow readers insight into your feelings, observations and/or thoughts. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Jan 25th


Lanturne Poetry
Write a five line poem. The syllable count is one, two, three, four, one. So the first lin has one syllable, the second line has two, the third line has three syllables, fourth has four and the final line has one. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Jan 30th




Tanka Poetry Contest
For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry with a specific syllable count. See the announcement for an example. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Feb 3rd


5 Line Poem
Write a five-lined poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Feb 7th


Lune Poetry Contest
A Lune poem is a short and fun poetry form with only three lines. View the contest announcement for an example. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Feb 11th


Rhyming Poem
Write a poem of any type that has a rhyme. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Feb 18th


Share A Story In A Poem
In this contest you are challenged to write a poem that tells a story and also rhymes. We've included examples of this type of poetry storytelling in the announcement. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 22nd


100 Word Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 100 words. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 26th




Haiku Poetry Contest
For this contest you are challenged to write a Haiku poem. Haiku is a form of poetry that only uses three lines. Can you paint a mental image using only three lines? Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Mar 3rd


Sonnet Poetry Contest
Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 5th


Rhyming Poetry Contest
Write a ABAB poem for this contest. This is a poem with a specific rhyme scheme. Read the announcement for a sample poem and the details. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Mar 9th


75 Words Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses 75 words. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 10th


3 Line Poem
Write a poem that has three lines and a syllable count of either 5-7-5 or 5-7-7. The poem must address a lover. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Mar 15th


Non-Fiction Writing Contest
We are looking for personal essays, memoirs, and works of literary non-fiction. It can be spiritual, political, or funny. Creative approaches welcomed. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Mar 17th


Wedding
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Mar 31st




Dribble Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 50 words. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Apr 4th




Harry Potter AU
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Jun 30th




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