National Poetry Month is very special at YARN, and it would not be complete without a little friendly literary competition that encourages you to write, write, write!
YARN’s Random Word Challenge (RWC) is inspired by a poetry project John Corey Whaley and Randi Anderson shared with us back in 2012 in which they provided one another with words that needed to be used in a poem. You can read their results, and see for yourself what a uniquely inspirational and yet easy to accomplish project it was.
And now, YARN wants to challenge you! And none other than John Corey Whaley is going to JUDGE!
Your words and poetry will come from four poems written by four wonderful poets we featured during last year’s National Poetry Month.
Here are the rules and guidelines:
- Pick one of the following poems for each poem you write and choose ten words excluding articles like “the” and conjunctions like “and” to appear in your poem/s. (All the words must appear so choose carefully.) Please note which poem you pick in your submission and highlight in bold the words you chose or list them after your poem/s. Choose from: old photo albums by Mo Fowler; Perfect You by Nisha Sharma; I Could Drown You by Cameron MacDonald; the white witch’s heart by Shirley Kuo
- Share your poem/s on our Facebook wall, @ us on Twitter with a link to your submission, or post your poem on Tumblr by @ing our page in your submission, or post your poem/s in the Comments section below. All entries must be tagged #NPMRWC14, and be sure to include your name and contact info!!!
- Your poem/s can be videos, photography – from handwritten to magnetic poetry – GIFS, typography, and so much more. The creative frontier is endless, so blow us away. Each participant can submit up to three poems.
- Submissions will be open from April 1st and will close on April 20th 5pm EST.
- We will compile all the entries and have our guest judge, the mastermind himself, John Corey Whaley – author of the Printz and Morris award-winning novel “Where Things Come Back” and the forthcoming “Noggin” out April 8 – choose a winner.
- The winner will receive an editors’ bundle composed of our Fiction Editor Diana Renn’s upcoming YA mystery “Latitude Zero,” our Editor Kerri Majors’s writing memoir “This Is Not a Writing Manual,” and John Corey Whaley’s “Noggin“! Plus s/he’ll be given the opportunity to have MORE of his/her fiction/nonfiction/poetry published on YARN!
So there you have it. You know you want it.
Now, go forth and remember e.e. cummings’s words: “Well, write poetry, for God’s sake, it’s the only thing that matters.”