ForumsArt, Music, and WritingOfficial Poetry Contests - Theme: Sunshine (Due: May 31)

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Devoidless
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Welcome to the newest contest on ArmorGames!

This is the new and improved version of both the Periodic Poetry Contest and the Haiku Contest. From this point out, both contests will be combined into one massive contest for everyone to enjoy! And as such, each user is allowed to enter is both contests with separate entries if they so desire, effectively doubling the odds of winning.
Each contest (One being general poetry and the other exclusively haiku) will have one winner every month. Every month, two winners (one from each contest shall be chosen and receive a merit for all their hard work. Show it off to your friends, gloat about it to your enemies! Tell your parents about it and confuse them! It's a win-win-win-win-win scenario, folks.

Rules

General Poetry Contest:
- It must fit the theme if the month (same theme as the Haiku Contest).
- It must be submitted by the deadline.
- It cannot have inappropriate language in it.
- It cannot be stolen (if you plagiarize, we will find you).
- The poem must be created for this contest
- A user cannot win twice in a row (though everyone is welcome to submit every month!)
- Only one submission per user will be accepted

Once a month a winner will be chosen from all the received entries. To begin, the Moderation/Administration Team will act as judges and choose winners. Subject to change depending on how well things go.
The winner will then make a comment on the ContestWinners profile to receive a merit.
(Original idea by ubertuna, itemized rules by DragonMistress, modified by Devoidless)

Haiku Contest
"A Haiku is a Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons."
Well, that said, here are the rules:
- It must fit the theme of the month (same as General Poetry Contest)
-The haiku must be original (no plagiarizing)!
- It must be submitted before the deadline
- It must be created for the contest (no using works previously written)
- One submission per user
- The same user cannot win twice in a row (but they are welcome to submit!)

Once a month a winner will be chosen from all the received entries. To begin, the Moderation/Administration Team will act as judges and choose winners. Subject to change depending on how well things go.
The winner will then make a post on the ContestWinners profile to receive a merit.
(Original idea and itemized rules by Maverick4, modified by Devoidless)
First Themes
The first themes to kick off this contest shall be:
- The theme for the General Poetry contest this run is "Touch of Truth".

- The theme for the Haiku contest is "Broken Bond".
Submitting an entry
Since there are two separate contests, users are required to mention in the post which contest they wish to use the entry for. Any entry without this is subject to not being entered into either contest.
Examples of how to clarify which contest an entry is for:
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This poem is for the General Poetry contest

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-This is for the Haiku contest

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I'd like to enter this for the General Poetry/Haiku contest

Remember, each user is allowed to join both contests!

Alright! Looking forward to seeing what you all can create! Good luck, and have fun with it!
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Kysier
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Any hint as to who the top picks for winners are?

xian37
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I want to join, but unfortunately I don't have any talent in
writings

EmperorPalpatine
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By my count, there were 32 General Poetry entries, of which 21 seemed to fit the theme. And 38 Haiku entries, of which 31 seemed to fit the theme.

50-70 entries is a lot. But if you judged just 7 per day at about 10-15 minutes each* (an hour or two in total), you'd be done in 7-10 days.

*High estimate. Most shouldn't take more than 5.

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It was tooo late for me to submit my entry Hope there would be next time

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This is ridiculous. By my count there were 12 poems that fit the theme, 2 of which were a joke, and 17 poems that didn't fit the theme, 1 of which was a joke. For haikus there were 24 that fit, and 7 of those were jokes, and there were 17 that didn't fit, and of those there were 3 jokes. Plus 5 haikus that weren't 5/7/5, and don't count.

Altogether thats 10 poems and 17 haikus. At a generous 10 minutes per poem/haiku, that's a total of 4 and a half hours. And lets add on 20 minutes to pick 6 of the finalists for 1st 2nd 3rd place in haiku/poem, that's 4 hours 50 minutes. And realistically, with taking only 1 minute per haiku and 2 minutes per poem plus 10 minutes to pick the winners, and 10 minutes to change pages, write names and places,etc. that's 57 minutes.

It's been 12 days. I'm 13 years old. I want to judge next time.

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Wow. You guys suck at patience. You could be brainstorming ideas or practicing for the next round if you really want to write more poetry.

It's been 12 days. I'm 13 years old.

So you should have been banned when you first made your account because you would have been underage.
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By my count there were 12 poems that fit the theme


Yeah I trust Emp's count a lot more than yours.
I'm also assuming you counted mine as one that "didn't fit the theme"..despite mine screaming the theme at you if you understood what is going on in you

I'm 13 years old. I want to judge next time.


1) Devoid has already established the judges

2) To be honest..if any non-mod/admin was to be judge..I would hope it would be either Emp, joel, dragonball, Murasaki, or myself. (not trying to sound arrogant here)

3) You do not demand if you get to judge next time. Even if they were to let a user be a judge..you have to prove to them that you have the capabilities to adequately judge a poem and be able to understand what the author is saying and any messages they are trying to convey
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You could be brainstorming ideas or practicing for the next round if you really want to write more poetry.

If we had the theme, we'd be doing that. That's why I usually gave it early when I was a judge. Without it, there's no focus and the complaints keep coming.

if any non-mod/admin was to be judge..I would hope it would be either Emp, joel, dragonball, Murasaki, or myself.

Or Mav or Ernie or Parsat.

And realistically, with taking only 1 minute per haiku and 2 minutes per poem

That's why you're not a judge.
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Or Mav or Ernie or Parsat.


Haven't seen Ernie involved in poetry..is he a poet guy?

And the other 2 were considered..but I haven't seen them in quite a while
daleks
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If we had the theme, we'd be doing that.

You don't need a theme to work on poetry. You can practice seeing what sounds good and messing with how your organize it, etc.
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You don't need a theme to work on poetry. You can practice seeing what sounds good and messing with how your organize it, etc.


Depends on how you write your poetry.

For myself..I get the theme..then work on my poetry..for my poems follow the theme I have in mind
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Sorry..submitted too early

I may think of something that "sounds good"..but then, when the theme comes..I may find that I have no need for it at all.

Also..going with the poem following the theme in mind..with the theme in mind..I can properly decide where I might want to have alliteration, rhetoric devices, sensory devices, etc to give emphasis to certain parts to express the theme more clearly or with more complexity

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Yes, the judgment is coming. It takes a little bit when a committee decides on who ought to be the winner. For two contests.

No, none of you are going to judge.

These delays happen. Especially when some of us have full-time jobs to work in order to feed, shelter and clothe ourselves.

Sorry.

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At long last, the long awaited conclusion to the first round of the General Poetry Contest is here! You can read this pre-announcement spiel and prolong the agony, or you can just skip down the page. Such delays are not anticipated for the future of this contest, but they are inevitable when there are competing interests for time and attention.

While we, the moderators, did not choose the themes, we judged according to our interpretations of the theme and the niceties of poetry. It was a challenge working with discordant opinions, especially when we cannot agree upon a winner but the finalists were clear. A clear, but not necessarily literal, interpretation of the theme paired with strong poetic form make for a strong contender. The finalists and winners embody these principles in exemplars of elegant expression. You spoil us with your splendor and a judgement we must render.

We hope it was worth the wait.

The finalists and winners are below, but first, the Honorable Mention:

GENERAL POETRY CONTEST
Honorable Mention
anatolytt:
Roses are red
Elephant is blue.
It's going to be mine,
It's of no use to you.

For its hilarious analysis that unfortunately did not have a touch of truth to it in the end.

Honorable Mention
TackyCrazyTNT:
Death is the only touch that's true,
Don't listen to her gleaming eyes
Red lips will always fade to blue.

The high and low, the middle too,
Ignore the sound of their own cries.
Death is the only touch that's true.

Measuring their bloody words to chew,
Spitting them through weary lives.
But red lips will always fade to blue.

They try to hide (as cowards do),
Building their castles scraping high,
But Death is the only touch that's true.

It comes to them, no better than you,
Buries them under dirt and sky--
Red lips will always fade to blue.

The bards will still sing as if they knew,
That until still tongues forever lie.
Death is the only touch that's true,
And Red lips will always fade to blue.

For its rhyme and imagery, the lips in particular.

Third Place
VioletFang:
To goals and marks
Containing no reasons
And seasons, like me
Are changing, but never noticed
Through walls and floors
One slip to regret
To forget, returning
But finding mistakes
In a life of speed
Against not the brain
But a train, as another
To see but never feel
All repetition
Familiar acts
No hard facts, just life
With many masters
Completely safe
To be hunted not
For a thought, or ivory
Or the nameless color
Surrounded still
Iâve seen much
Not enough, lacking lots
Knowledge forever confined
Yet I feel joy
Through many a life
Not one strife, I smile
I am just as much wonderful
To goals and marks
Containing no reasons
And seasons, like me
Never fail to please

For its rhyme and rhythm.

Before we continue, there was a hair's difference between first and second places. It was this decision that held up most of the judging. What is interesting here is that both share a motif of sight and blindness.

Second Place
Kysier:
I stand before the waning light
Bowed beneath the reddened sky
I walk with the end in sight
I wonder, was it a sweet lie

I traveled this long broken road
With one simple hope in mind
Would the truth be bestowed
When I left it all behind

As I watch the shadows near
I close my eyes and softly pray
Please make the purpose clear
Let me know on this final day

Soon the room would grow so cold
Leaving a world so defiled
The truth pulling at the blindfold
I closed my eyes and I smiled.

For its story, its imagery, its rhythm, and punctuation or lack thereof.

First Place
wolf1991:
All thoughts of this are blind,
And in blindness I see
All the inbetweens, that tread
So carefully between the lines.
With soft glances, and harsh
Movements, I find a way.
To shield my eyes; dry
As they must be, for you,
(Always for you) have left.
All thoughts of this are blind.

For its tone, its subtle interpretation, and secondary themes.

HAIKU CONTEST
Third Place
Parsat:
Swirling clouds of luck:
The way the sigma bounces
Stable resonance

For its action.

Second Place
dazzadaman:
Sushi Cat at mall
Dog comes and steals wife away
Will be seen again?

For its simplicity.

First Place
doomy64:
A boy and his dog
The dog was taken away
Sadness struck the boy

For its bare-bones simplicity and depth.

Congratulations wolf1991 and doomy64. Post your winning entries to ContestWinners to receive your merit.

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Is there any way I can get feedback on my haiku? I think it is one of the first I have ever done let alone submit to a contest.

- I want to know if I was in the proper format.
- If I fit the theme (I thought it did and have my reasoning behind it fitting), but it may not have.
- The weaknesses in the haiku.

I understand it is time consuming though, but since I'm new to it I need to know how to improve :]

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