Poetry Contest 7!

Discussion in 'The Writer's Corner' started by jonadrian619, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. jonadrian619

    jonadrian619 -___-

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    Previous Contests
    Poetry Contest 1 [Mer De Noms]
    Poetry Contest 2 [hortononon]
    Poetry Contest 3 [Monsterous]
    Poetry Contest 4 [Halo_king116]
    Poetry Contest 5 [Tharius]
    Poetry Contest 6 [jonadrian619]​

    I apologize for the very long wait and sloppy schedules, but I finally managed to let my hand stand for this contest. At long last, the contest has begun..

    Welcome to Poetry Contest 7!


    The topic/theme for this contest is plants. Simply put, the topic can be related to any plant of your choosing, or anything pertaining to plants. I'm also quite concered for the welfare of our enviromnent after watching some news and reading books, so, go green!

    Contest Rules:

    • You may submit any type of poem, so long as it relates to the topic stated above.
    • There is no maximum limit on how long the poem is. However, it must be at least 4 lines long.
    • The poem must be written by YOU. You cannot take another person's work or have anyone write it for you. Anyone caught violating this rule will be permanently banned from these contests.
    • Winners can not enter the next contest. They must either host and not judge, or host and judge. If they choose not to host, they cannot judge, either. This is to prevent people from winning over and over again.
    • Do not edit your poem after you've entered it. You have until the deadline to work on it, so if you feel you might not be completely satisfied with it, take your time. Once it's entered, if you edit your poem, you can and will be disqualified. We cannot take the risk of someone getting "inspired" by someone else's poem and basically copying them.


    Head Judge - Seth Cross
    2nd Judge - jonadrian619
    3rd Judge - Mizuio Ken

    Submitted poems will be judged using the following criteria:
    1. Clarity and Emotional Impact [40 points] - Is the meaning behind your poem clear? If you are describing something, does the poem paint a clear picture? Does your poem make us feel what it is intended to express?
    2. Grammar/Spelling [15 points] - Grammar and spelling should be taken care of without having to be told. Although poems can get away with certain grammatical infractions where prose cannot, if poor grammar obscures the ideas being expressed without reason, it makes it extremely hard to read. Poor spelling, of course, is unforgivable in this age of spellcheckers. This applies to 1337speak nad AOL tlak 2.
    3. Flow and Rhythm [25 Points] - Does your poem flow smoothly, or are there pauses and jolts, making it choppy and difficult to read? This is separate from rhyme - poems do not have to rhyme, nor will be they be penalized if they do not.
    4. Word Quality and Choice [20 points] - Does your poem have only basic vocabulary, or have you used a larger selection of words? On the other hand, have you used difficult or obscure words with no other reason than to confuse people or show off? If you use the same word several times when you could have switched it up, or if you use words so long and unwieldy that they break the flow of your poem, this is where you'll lose points.

    Naturally, if you add up all the possible top scores in each category, you will get 100. Your score will, obviously, be X/100 for each judge. The three scores will be added and then divided by three (assuming that we still have three judges by the end), to get the average of the three scores. Highest score wins!


    The deadline for Poetry Contest 7 is midnight, September 30th (GMT -5). Time zones do not matter.

    The Rewards:

    As always, like in the previous contests, winners are given a bunch of reputation from contestants and viewers alike. They can also be the hosts for the upcoming contest if they like.

    Poetry Contest 5 was the first contest to use the Award system. With at least 10 contestants or more, awards can be given for 1st place, and 20 contestants for 2nd or 3rd place contestants. So, I'm hoping this time that there will be more entries, and we can give out the awards to the contestants!

    Good luck and have fun! :thup: Don't forget to play a part for the environment.
  2. DM Cross

    DM Cross You want to see a magic trick? Staff Member

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    And the thread has been properly edited :) Let the contest begin!
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  3. Draphoelix

    Draphoelix It's not the wintercold that's killing me

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    Do you post the poem here?
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  4. duyen

    duyen New Member

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    I'll be in.

    But think I think plants make a boring theme tbh.
  5. DM Cross

    DM Cross You want to see a magic trick? Staff Member

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    Yes, that's how it works.

    It's a test of your creativity. You have to find a way to tie that theme into something poetic.

    OH! I should mention there are no limits... Meaning people in this forum who have made drug-references can post such poems [new poems] in here :rolleyes:

    So long as it is a plant drug, obviously.
  6. Seb!

    Seb! You can change this now in User CP.

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    I know you said, last contest, that you wouldn't share the exact scores. I respect this, but I was wondering if other judges would share theirs. This is just so we could see why they did/did not like the poem.
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  7. DM Cross

    DM Cross You want to see a magic trick? Staff Member

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    No. No scores are released, this was not a "me" thing, it's a PC thing.
  8. Miz

    Miz Administrator

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    I am open to be the 3rd Judge if that need be...
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  9. Fatmankev

    Fatmankev Chef, Writer, and Midnight Toker

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    Shame there aren't more stoners on this forum... this one would get an obscene number of participants, otherwise! :p

    Needless to say, I'm in. Let's get those creative juices flowin'!
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  10. Monsterous

    Monsterous In the Shadows, Lurking.

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    Nature's Life

    Charred Earth and Glass Beaches,
    Molten Water and Blackened Sky,
    Devoid of life of all we know,
    Devoid of everything, left to die.

    The Earth heats up, knowing the End,
    The Sun has grown extensively.
    Yet beneath even the harsh conditions,
    A small plant struggles intesively.

    Its flourish of green, so revealing,
    Life still lives on this wasted rock,
    Natures course will always grow,
    And calls to death whom it will mock.

    How did it grow? How did it survive?
    The deadly cataclysm here.
    Its budding leaves covering the darkness,
    Provides hope in the future, near.

    As it grows, greener, taller, battling,
    The Suns growing potential,
    Its flowers rise, spreading seeds,
    New Life is forever essential!

    Its valiant efforts, although in vain,
    Shows that life shall always exist.
    Through every crack, and every corner
    Coming out of death's door's mist.

    The Plants gone, along with Earth,
    Destruction conquered that day.
    Yet this motion shall always show,
    Nature shall eternally, rule the way.

    My Poem Entry - enjoy!
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  11. EatShrooms

    EatShrooms You can change this now in User CP.

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    Can I sign up?
  12. Halahan

    Halahan To die will be an awfully big adventure.

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    Love yours monsterous ;)
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  13. jonadrian619

    jonadrian619 -___-

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    Whoa, that was quick!


    Yes you can. If you're poem is done and ready, then you can submit it here.

    Well, I hope that was not your entry because it's not a poem. Anyway, it's a great piece! Man is a harbinger of chaos and destruction, but only man can heal the wounds of our bleeding world.
  14. Tuanset

    Tuanset New Member

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    Really? What makes it not a poem?
  15. Monsterous

    Monsterous In the Shadows, Lurking.

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    Hehe, thanks <3
  16. Zakyath

    Zakyath Member

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    ´how clear do I have to be about the plant thing? I made one this night but, well, you have to think slightly while reading it:p
  17. DM Cross

    DM Cross You want to see a magic trick? Staff Member

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    Anyone can. You're in when you post something though, not just saying you're in.

    I disagree. A poem is not restricted to form or verses. He's in.

    That depends entirely on how many points you want to lose in the clarity part of the judging :)

    Either you want to be it or you don't. The position is open, don't do this "if it's needed" crap.

    Is it needed? No, it's not. You're not needed. If you want to be there, be there.
  18. jonadrian619

    jonadrian619 -___-

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    The only poems I ever saw were only restricted to the basic form. My friends wouldn't believe that this kind of poem was a poem but, you're in!

    BANANAMAN Resident Star Battle Expert.

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    If i happen to be hit by another bolt of insperation (be it figuratively or literally :p) Then im in.
  20. DM Cross

    DM Cross You want to see a magic trick? Staff Member

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    Nobody gets in by saying "I'm in!"

    You're only in when you post a poem. Just so everyone knows.

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