Enter Our 2013 Putting Our Heads Together Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest
I don't have to tell most of you about the impact that Migraine disease, cluster headaches, and other headache disorders have on our lives. Since you're reading this, chances are that you have Migraines or headaches or know and care about someone who does.
Beyond the physical havoc Migraines and headaches thrust upon us, the myths and misconceptions that still exist in society and the degree of stigma associated with these disorders significantly add to the burden we carry.
Creative expression through writing can be an enormous help in many ways...
- The creative outlet of expressing our feelings through writing can be a great release and coping mechanism.
- Our writings can help people who don't have Migraines or headaches better understand what they are and their impact on us.
- When we write, we can sometimes reach people in ways that help reduce the stigma associated with Migraines, cluster headaches, and other potentially devastating headache disorders.
Now is the time to sit down at your keyboard and create some poetry about your Migraines or headaches, their impact, how they make you feel, anything you want to say about them.
This week, I'm launching the 2013 Putting Our Heads Together Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest. This is the 11th year for this contest, and we've seen some exquisite, heart-wrenching, uplifting, and powerful poetry come out of this contest. You don't have to be an experienced poet to enter. We've seen first-time poets create some truly impressive works over the years.
Here are some of the rules and guidelines:
- 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- All poems must be unpublished work, never before published anywhere.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).
- Number of entries: Please limit entries to no more than three poems per person.
- Age: Open to anyone 13-years-old and older. Poems written by persons under 18 years of age must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian.
- "Family-friendly" language required. No profanity or other potentially offensive language.
- Deadline: Midnight, Friday, May 24, 2013.
Members of the new American Headache and Migraine Association (AHMA) will be judging the contest this year. Winners will be announced the first week of June in observance of National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month.
New this year:
We want more people to read the poetry that so much passion goes into, so this year, all of the submitted poems that meet the contest guidelines will be pulled together and published in a Kindle book, with all profits being donated to AHMA. For those who don't have a Kindle, no worries. Amazon has free apps that can be downloaded to desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones, so everyone can read Kindle books.
More info and entering:
The full guidelines and rules, as well as the link to the submission form can be found on the contest information page. Poetry from previous contests can be found on the poetry index. A press release about the contest is available on PRWeb. If you have a blog or web site and would like to help promote the contest, there's an image available for use in the press release.
Ready to enter?
Even if you've never written anything before, please consider writing some poetry and entering the contest. It's great fun, and a wonderful way to vent, raise awareness, and reduce stigma. If you have questions, please feel free to post a comment with them.
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