Migraine Poetry Contest Deadline Extended
The deadline for entering the 2012 Putting Our Heads Together Migraine and Headache Poetry contest has been extended through Monday, May 13, 2012.
In addition, we have some other exciting news -
- Some of the top poems will be published in the National Headache Foundation's magazine, Headwise.
- The winning poem will be published in Pain Medicine News.
- And the National Headache Foundation would like to give the winner a gift of $250. U.S. dollars.
Below is a summary of the contest rules. Below that, you'll find a link to the full rules for the contest, and there's a link on that pages to the entry form.
We're accepting entries now through midnight, Monday, May 13, 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:
- 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- All poems must be unpublished work, never before published anywhere.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, Monday, May 13, 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.
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