Sunday, January 24, 2010

Moves in Contemporary Poetry

Poetry is Dead - Call For Submissions: TV, Beer and Video Games

We’re looking for submissions for our second issue. The theme? TV, beer and video games. That’s right, your favourite activities will now be the subject of your poetry.

Deadline: May 31st, 2010

Check the submissions page for guidelines on how to submit.

And for Vancouverites, please note if you would be willing to read your poems in a regular reading series. Details on the reading are secret for now, but if you are chosen, they will be revealed to you.

Pilot Short Story Contest

So, I see that you are competitive by nature. Here is what we have planned:

* Step 1: Select an image from the surrounding collection.
* Step 2: Write a story for which the image could serve as an illustration. Your story should: have a plot; have a beginning, a middle and an end; be no more than 250 words.
* Step 3: Check your spelling and grammar.
* Step 4: Send the story to us at
* Step 5: Tell all your friends about the contest. Because we will post entries as they arrive, you can show off your fine work by telling your friends to come to our website!

There will a prize for the best story about each image, and a Grand Prize for Pilot’s overall favourite. The artists will judge the stories written about their images; Pilot’s editors will determine the Grand Prize winner.

Image by image winners will receive a signed limited edition archival print of the chosen piece. The Grand Prize winner will receive the FULL SERIES OF IMAGES and a SUBSCRIPTION to Pilot illustrated magazine.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Geist Jackpine Sonnet Contest

What the jack­pine son­net is:
A sonnet-like poem.

Where it comes from:
Milton Acorn (1923 – 1986), a poet from Prince Edward Island, cre­ated the genre and named it after the jack pine, a tree that seeds itself in fire.

How to write one:
Write a poem with 14 lines, each line con­tain­ing 7 to 13 syl­la­bles. But, in Acorn’s words, “If your son­net cuts itself off — click! — at, say line 12, 18 or 20, leave it at that.” An odd num­ber of lines is okay too. Apply the rhyme scheme of your choice, and if no rhyme comes up, be patient. Acorn advised writ­ers to write inter­nal rhymes (rhymes within a line) or exter­nal rhymes (rhymes at the end of con­sec­u­tive lines) “to keep the flow.” In the absence of rhyme, use asso­nance (the rep­e­ti­tion of vowel sounds), “to keep the rhyme alive in order to come up with a true rhyme fur­ther on.”

First prize: $500

Second prize: $250

Third prize: $125

How to enter the con­test: Write a jack­pine son­net and send it to Geist by post or by fill­ing out the form below. Include a $10 entry fee, which buys you a one-year sub­crip­tion to Geist, dig­i­tal edition.

Contest dead­line: Canada Day, July 1, 2010

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