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Monday, May 24, 2010

Prize Sonnet-Writing Contest

It's time for another prize contest on my forum at myWritersCircle. And like all our contests there, this one is completely free to enter.

You will need to be a member of myWritersCircle if you aren't already, but this is also free, and takes only a few moments. Just click on Register near the top of the page and follow the on-screen instructions.

For this contest, we're asking entrants to write a poem in the form of a sonnet. For those who don't know, traditionally a sonnet is a poem of 14 lines with the rhyme scheme a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f, g-g. For more information, see this article on Wikipedia

The theme of your sonnet should be 'the first time', and we're inviting entrants to interpret this as broadly as they wish. We're definitely not just talking about romantic/erotic experiences. It might be the first time you drove a car, skydived, baked a cake, or even turned to crime!

Incidentally, I appreciate that many of you will never have written a sonnet (or maybe even a poem) before. Please don't let that put you off, though. Regard it as a challenge to your writing skills. Maybe you'll discover a hidden aptitude, or at least a new interest!

We have no less than three great prizes for the winners of this contest. The first prize winner will be able to choose from any of my writing courses published by our forum sponsors, The WCCL Network. The courses are as follows:

Write Any Book in Under 28 Days - my top-selling course on how to write any book in the least possible time, published on CD-ROM.

Quick Cash Writing - course for anyone who wants to start earning money from their writing as soon as possible, covering a huge range of shorter writing projects.

Essential English for Authors - course aimed at anyone who wants to bring their written English up to a publishable standard in the least time possible.

How to Win Contests - This course, which is aimed primarily at people in the UK and Ireland, reveals how to win cash and prizes from consumer contests, and especially from devising 'tie-breaker' slogans.

The Wealthy Writer - This course, co-written with online writer and publisher Ruth Barringham, covers all the main ways of making money writing for the Internet.

The 10-Day E-Book - My latest course takes you step by step through devising, writing, editing, publishing, and selling your very own profitable e-book.

These courses sell for up to $97, so I'm grateful to WCCL for donating this prize.

The second prize winner will receive a copy of The Poetry Dictionary by John Drury. This is a comprehensive reference guide for poets and aspiring poets, published by Writers Digest Books. The Poetry Dictionary is five-star rated on Amazon, and should prove an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to improve their poetry writing. I'm donating this prize myself!

And the third prize winner will receive a copy of the MWC Winter of Our Mixed Content e-book anthology - packed with great writing by myWritersCircle members for you to enjoy, including a short story from yours truly!

The judges for the contest will be MWC moderator and poetry enthusiast Amie Saramelkonian and successful published poet Mark Hoffmann.

For full details of the contest and how to enter, please see this forum topic.

The closing date for the contest will be Wednesday 30 June. In addition, we are not putting any limit on the number of entries each person can submit - though it may be best to concentrate on polishing one or two entries to the highest standard you can, rather than spreading your efforts too widely.

If you have any questions about the contest, please post them as replies to the forum topic. Please do NOT post your sonnet there, however, as that will make it impossible for us to judge it anonymously and it will have to be disqualified.

Good luck, and happy sonnet-writing!

Photo Credit: Longing for Summer by Per Ola Wiberg on Flickr.

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