Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Two contests

Here are two short-form poetry contests, both of which close on December 31st. But don't be lulled into complacency by the far-off deadline... it'll pounce before you know it.

- White Lotus Haiku Competition: This contest accepts unpublished haiku not under consideration elsewhere. Prizes are $100/$50/$25, and the entry fee is $2/haiku, or three entries for $5. Entries can be sent through the mail or online.

- Sketchbook's First International Erotic Tanka Contest: The name says it all. Tanka must be mailed in with the $1 entry fee (per poem) on 3x5 cards. Like the White Lotus competition, this one also boasts prizes of $100/$50/$25, and also will not accept previously published poems or poems being simultaneously submitted.

I'll post both of these contests on the sidebar as the deadline gets closer. If you've got a few spare moments, check out Darrell Lindsey's winning haiku from the 2007 Pinewood Haiku Contest, and a short speculative poem from the current issue of Abyss & Apex by Francis W. Alexander.


Charles Gramlich said...

I'll have a nice break from school just before these deadlines so maybe I can get something sent in for them. I don't know about the tanka, though.

Greg Schwartz said...

yeah, i thought i would write one just to enter the contest, but it's a lot harder than i thought.

on another note, i just got the newest issue of Haiku Page -- it's got quite a few haiku by David Lanoue.

Deborah P Kolodji said...

Is it the fact that it is an erotic tanka, or just the fact that it is a tanka that is causing the problem for you?

Tanka took me a while to get but once you get them, they're sort of addicting.

Greg Schwartz said...

it's more that it's an erotic tanka. it's hard to get the right feel for it. tanka in general (at least for me) are harder to write than haiku, but they're enjoyable, and it's a good feeling when you get down a good one.

Deborah P Kolodji said...

Speaking of erotic tanka, do you have a sub to Dreams and Nightmares? In issue #80, I have a poem called "Man'yoshu at Galactic Edge: Poems from the Courtesan"

Unfortunately, it was printed a bit garbled but it was supposed to be printed in nine line narrative stanzas, followed by tanka stanzas.

The idea was that it was about a Courtesan in the Pleasure Quadrant at the edge of the galaxy. The narrative stanzas described her customers, what kind of creatures they were, what their sexual preferences were, and the tanka were erotic love tanka written for each one....

Unfortunately, a couple of the narrative stanzas got broken up so the tanka don't really stand out, so I'm not sure it comes across the way it was supposed to.

It turned out to be my longest published poem to date.

Greg Schwartz said...

i don't have a subscription, but i did get a contributor's copy of #80. i remember reading your poem... it was one of my favorites from that issue.

i especially liked the lines "he launches/a latex covered ship/into the void."

Francis W. Alexander said...

Although I had read your nice comment about my poem, it didn't jell on me that the haiku I had read in the same issue was yours.

It's as if I were there listening to whatever it is scratching the window.

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