Poetry Competition Tips

Poetry Competition Tips

Poetry competitions are ideal for beginners as well as the more seasoned poetry writer as they can add more to their writing experience. The one thing that beginners and professionals will gain from entering poetry competitions is that they are able to put their imaginations to the test.

If you are looking to build on your poetry and hopefully win some poetry competitions, here are some tips that you can use.

Poetry Competition Tips

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1. Keep your Tools Close

You should always have a pen and paper handy, iPad or any other device that you can use to write with. This because you never know when inspiration might strike, so no matter where you are, you will want to quickly jot down your poetry ideas.

2. Avoid Worn Out Topics

You need to try and avoid writing poems on topics that have been worn out, whether it’s your love life or some sentiment you have about something that is going on in the world. If you are unable to offer a fresh new take on these, then the judges will pass on it.

3. Follow the Scheme

If you are writing in a particular poetry form then you will need to follow the correct metre and rhyming schemes. Also avoid inverting phrases that are natural in order to get the rhymes at the end of lines as the judges will discard your poetry competition entry.

4. Vocab

When it comes to the wording you should avoid old English phrases and words. Also your metaphors and similes need to be kept fresh so that you can get the judges attention.

5. Rules

You will to adhere to all the rules of the poetry competition. The rules will state the maximum line length, theme and other such formats that you need to follow.

6. Perfection

Once you have written that perfect poem, you will need to keep polishing it until it is perfect before you enter the poetry competition.

7. Deadline

You should never rush your poetry competition entry. Once you know the deadline you need to start early and give yourself time. You need to write your poem and have the time to go back to it in a couple of days to see if it is still good. You will then be able to spot any flaws and fine tune your poem to perfection.

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