Sunday, September 13, 2009

James McIntyre poetry contest

This poetry contest is open to of all ages, everywhere: JK and SK, all school grades, and Adult.

Suggested subjects for poems: Cheese poems and dairy odes; the Town of Ingersoll today; the history of Ingersoll; famous people of Ingersoll; anything that stirs your poetic imagination

Categories of poetry for the contest: Rhyming verse, Limerick, Haiku, Free verse

James McIntrye possessed a genius for writing truly awful verse. The way to win this contest, though, is to write an excellent poem (or two or three). Your poem may be serious or silly and related to Ingersoll or not. With many different age groups and different categories of verse (sometimes invented on the spot by the judges), this contest has lots of winners, and it’s open to everyone.

Contest judges: Brian Henry for the school age division, and Stephanie Gunter for the adult division.

Entries due by: October 9

Winning poems will be published in the Ingersoll Times.
Winning poets will be honoured at the James McIntyre Poetry Evening on November 26.

About James McIntyre and more on the contest here:

For your amusement, Arc Poetry Magazine has an article by Zachariah Wells about James McIntyre and how very bad poems work here:

Note: For information about Brian Henry's writing workshops and courses, see here.

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