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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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Gantic
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There were about at least 50 entries total. No way we could provide in-depth judgement for everyone and there are conflicting opinions on the top three for both anyway. I'll see what I can do, but I make no promises.

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How are winners chosen? Is there a specific voting method, or is it more like a shouting match?

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Lets see if they're going to be hypocrites...


There were about at least 50 entries total.



Totally not going to mention how multiple people couldn't do that while one person used to be able to review 15ish in three days.

receive your merit.



Why bring them back now?


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



Some people need to go to full-time school, in order to keep other people happy, to worry about their future, and in order to stay inside the law.
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Let's see if you aren't wrong.

I may have been the one to make an announcement about removing the merits, but I am not behind the revamp and I have nothing to do with the creation and running of this contest up until this point and the ones who are behind running this contest didn't have any input at the time the merits were removed as they weren't around. I'm sure if I didn't step in at all for this contest, this would have gone for a couple more days at the very least with less than desirable attention.

I'm not one for unilateral action, but I'll do what I have to when I need to. Unilateral decisions are always easier and it would've been done in a timely manner if it were up to one person. I wholeheartedly prefer consensus, and anyone who's worked in a group if not a team knows how hard it is to get, especially when it's a group that doesn't meet physically and are only obligated to participate insofar as their schedules and priorities allow. We had already come to a decision on the 7th and it took the three days before that to choose the winner for the General Poetry Competition. By a hair's difference does mean by a hair's difference. Unfortunately, Devoidless decided to get busy with life and not post the judgment two weeks back. The situation is unfavorable, but there's nothing that can be done about it now.

The judgment currently more verily reflects my choices and my opinions, but it does include what input there was in building consensus on the winners. What it does lack but should have is how well it represents the theme and that was an oversight on my part. Unfortunately, no one seems to have brought that up. I can tell you why I think, exactly, down to the smallest details, those who won should have won over the others, as this exactly matches my choices for who should win, but I refrain from completely editorializing this, as it would preclude the reasons overall why it is the way it is, and because I honestly don't know what's up this contest. I don't know where this is going, and I don't know where this will end up, but this is supposed to have the team judging the entries. If Devoidless becomes unbusy and can retake the reigns and bring this back on track to what it should be.

One last thing: I honestly don't think it's possible get full input on all entries from multiple people in a week when a top three and honorable mentions should suffice, especially not when a blue elephant(?) was at stake. I'm not sure what's going on with that, but I hope whoever's behind that figures it out. Future rounds will probably have less entrants, but I still don't see a possibility of input on all entries from each judge. People have higher priorities than to get in-depth on poems. However, you can certainly get my analysis if you ask.

Some people need to go to full-time school, in order to keep other people happy, to worry about their future, and in order to stay inside the law.


That has got to be one of the most impertinent things ever said and it's not even the most impertinent. Unless you are an adult or even younger person who lives independently from his parents and works to pay for rent, food, and clothes to support himself, kindly stop typing. I don't know what Devoidless's life is like or his current circumstances, but I do know that life isn't easy. When you're still going through school full-time but aren't even paying for your schooling, food, and room, life is easy. Tell me life is easy once you get out of school or if you're still in school and paying for everything yourself, and then tell me it's easy for the average person, and then tell me it's easy for everyone because everyone starts from the same square, and then tell me you're full of it and then and only then will I believe you. If relationship issues and making people happy are your biggest worries, you aren't living a very hard life.

And in other news, the theme may be announced tomorrow.
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What it does lack but should have is how well it represents the theme and that was an oversight on my part. Unfortunately, no one seems to have brought that up


On this thread, that is
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Unfortunately, Devoidless decided to get busy with life and not post the judgment two weeks back. The situation is unfavorable, but there's nothing that can be done about it now.

Ah, that happened with acmed right before I was supposed to judge for the first time. 'Tis indeed a tragedy.

I honestly don't think it's possible get full input on all entries from multiple people in a week when a top three and honorable mentions should suffice

Just have voters select the top 5 or so for each contest with some reasoning, and go from there. Maybe another vote+reasons on the top 2 or 3 vote-getters from the 1st round, so some good points are already made and all that's left is compiling them. If they abstain or are unable to vote within x-days of the end of the contest, too bad, but they can still give feedback.

If Devoidless becomes unbusy and can retake the reigns and bring this back on track to what it should be.

If it's going on 1 person, make a chain of succession with some contingency plans. If person 1 doesn't get x-amount done in y-days, person 2 continues where person 1 left off. Maybe make a semi-public master file that only those involved with judging could see/access/alter.

On this thread, that is

Shhh... That's like telling Stalin that the people only love him in public.
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Ah, that happened with acmed right before I was supposed to judge for the first time. 'Tis indeed a tragedy.


Fleeing a lynching mob will do that to you.
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Theme will currently be Floors due April 23rd a week from the end of next month. There will be no theme for this month, as most of it has passed and it's already a week before the end of the month, so you guys have about four weeks now.

As this was not mentioned before, there will be one theme for both contests from here on out unless otherwise noted.

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Theme will currently be Floors


Wait..the theme is...floors? Floors..like.."oh hey man, look at my new wood floor I just had put in"

"oh man..that's..that's uh pretty cool"

"Yeah man..I can't wait to write some poetry about it"

This will be fun
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For the Haiku Contest:
[Because who doesn't love a little Poe now and then]

Be still, beating heart!
**** you and the noise you make
under the floorboards!

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Edit, due to unexpected censorship:

Be still, beating heart!
Curse you and the noise you make
under the floorboards!

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Ok, yeah..I'm going to question the theme

So this is what I see being an issue with this theme..as shown by the first submission..I believe many users will submit poetry that use "Floors" as a sub theme

Take the lone example so far...the main theme of his haiku is not Floors..but the beating of his heart (and, if you understand the allusion..the fear caused by the heart beating). Floors merely serves as an object for the further protrusion of this theme in this haiku

Also..from the last contest..I worry that the contest will turn from how one best presents the theme with a master of language, figurative devices, rhetorical devices, sensory devices, etc (of course, not all at once, but the point I'm trying to bring is a mastery over the composition of their poem) to how one is able to blatantly tell you what the theme is and how the theme works in the poem

Take the winner of the haiku contest, for example. In it, the &quotoet" blatantly states what the broken bond is..but doesn't allow you to feel the emotion..instead he outright states what emotion is present. I feel no sadness from the boy losing the dog..because no reason is present for me to feel any sadness..for all I know, that boy could have been abusive (reasoning..no love was present. Just the idea of there being a boy and a dog..then no dog. Also..how is that depth? That is extreme lack of depth. We know nothing regarding depth of them..nothing on their relationship, on the reason of the bond being broke, etc)

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Even though this entry for the Poetry Contest - Floors - dances on the boundaries of the theme, I will submit this entry. Hoping to set a benchmark of excellence, if it is worthy, On forehand I want to state that this poem is fictional and a work of art and has nothing to do with my own intents and political beliefs.


General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade

Towering brothers, offspring of hybris,
You call yourself fair, you call yourself free;
do you not see your true hypocrisy?
You will be ravaged, God is my witness.

My bauxite casing in sapphire air,
shall force itself in your virgin body
and leave blood-red scarring memory.
Everyone shall know, to God I swear.

Story. Upon.
Story. Upon.
Floor. Upon.
Floor. Upon.
You.

Hideous, heathen.
May the hatred in my heart
fill your house, your spouse your hearth.

Floors, not flowers shall cover my graveyard.
And in my death, you shall be my neighbour.

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The purpose of judging was to help the poets and onlookers to improve through criticism. How does "For its action" or "For its simplicity" help them? What makes simplicity trump action?
From p453 of the old HC when the merit prize was revoked, Gantic's own words:

The judging has been lackluster or nonexistent. It fails to adequately highlight why the winner was chosen over all other entries...Simply, we ask for merit-quality judging for merit-quality winners.

Here's one of acmed's "unprofessional" judgings. Another. I don't see much difference between these and the recent judging.

I believe many users will submit poetry that use "Floors" as a sub theme

I'll make a literal one based on the style of the last winner:

Floor is made of wood,
The wood is under carpet:
My feet are happy.

Is that bare-bones and deep enough? Ain't it the ****ing Marianas Trench of haiku?
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People have higher priorities than to get in-depth on poems.


The have someone else judge. There are plenty of people here who have enough time to go in-depth on 20 or even 30 poems. This new method of judging is thin, hypocritical and annoying.

Floors


Floors is the new theme? That seems like it wouldn't be much of a people pleaser as opposed to "Broken Bonds" because, frankly, "Floors" is a fairly strange/unusual topic. Not that I find trouble using it, but I doubt there'll be a whole lot of participation this round.

We still need to work on this.

/rant
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