OK folks! There has been some support for a competition on the blog; with this in mind I’m happy to set one. Some have suggested that there should be a “theme” as in previous competitions – as is my whim I’m going to ignore that and set something I personally think is far more difficult!
What do we, as poets, write about? After a very unscientific trawl through last month’s blogs and a little mathematical jiggery-pokery it seems that around 45% of blogs were “mood neutral.” i.e. neither happy nor sad, but simply observational. 44% were “mood negative” i.e. sad, melancholic, wistful etc. Only 11% were “mood positive” – happy, joyous, celebratory etc.
By now you can probably see where this is going . . .
We seem to have a predilection for sad subjects and introspection; perhaps not surprising. For this competition I’m looking to up that 11%. I have always found expressing joy/happiness difficult in poetry and am repeatedly drawn to tragedy and sadness, I suspect that this is the same for many of us. Given the joyous festive season I’m therefore going to impose two rules:
- The subject/mood of the poem should be upbeat/positive/joyous/happy/celebratory etc.
- The poem must not be written in the first person, i.e. no “I”, “me” or “myself” poetry.
Other than those two stipulations your poem/s can be any style, length or subject. Poems should be tagged “WOL comp” and submitted on the WOL blog between now and January 5th after which time entries will close and voting commence.
Anyone can vote by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org Comments on any of the work posted will be welcome, but will be reported anonymously.
The prize for the most votes will be a £10 book token which will wing its way to the winner on receipt of their contact details.
And that’s it! Please drop me a line if you have any queries; put on your best smiley face – and get writing!