Submit Your Migraine and Headache Poetry!

Teri Robert @trobert Health Guide
  • Living with Migraine or another headache disorder or caring about someone who does changes our lives. There's no doubt of that. Along with that comes a plethora of thoughts and feelings.


    We always encourage you to share those thoughts and feelings with us. Once a year though, I issue a very special invitation to you - an invitation to channel those thoughts and feelings into poetry and enter them in the annual Putting Our Heads Together Poetry Contest.

    Now is that time!

    We're accepting entries now through midnight, Friday, May 4, 2012, and will announce the winners on Friday, June 1, in observance of Migraine Awareness Month. Here are some of the rules of the contest:

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    • Subject must be headache or Migraine related, but may be metaphoric or abstract.
    • Form: Rhymed, free-verse, any form of poetry, but not prose.
    • Poetry must be original and written by you. Submission of poetry written by someone else will result in disqualification.
    • All poems must be unpublished work, never before published anywhere.
    • Length: Maximum of 60 lines, no more than 80 characters per line (including spaces and punctuation). Please make special note of the 80 characters per line. This means LINES, not paragraphs.
    • Number of entries: Please limit entries to no more than three poems per person.
    • Age: Poems written by persons under 18 years of age must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian. (This is important. If you're under 18, be sure your parents or guardian submit your poems for you and include their phone number. I WILL call them before publishing your poems online. If I cannot reach them, I cannot publish your poems.)
    • "Family-friendly" language required. No profanity or other potentially offensive language.
    • Deadline: Midnight, Friday, May 4, 2012. Submissions received after this date will be deleted.
    • You do not need to live in the U.S. to enter, but all poems must be written in English.
    • ALL entries must be made via the online submission form. No exceptions.

    Over the years, there have been some truly exceptional poems entered in this contest. They've run the gamut of emotions - hopeful... heart-wrenching... tender... frightening. They've made us cringe, smile, laugh, and cry. I encourage you to check out our 2011 Putting Our Heads Together entries and follow the links on the bottom of that page to works from other years.


    Whether you're an experienced poet or have never written a line of poetry in your life, I hope you'll give this contest some thought and consider entering. Who knows? You might win. Stranger things have happened. One year, our first place winner had never written a poem before.


    For more information and to enter the contest, please see the complete contest rules.


    Live well,




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  • Last updated April 3, 2012.

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Published On: April 03, 2012