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Our First Contest: Brevity Is the Soul of Lit

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 30, 2013, 5:53 PM


National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) is set to begin on April 1; what better platform with which to launch our first contest! So without further ado, allow us to present: Brevity Is the Soul of Lit.

Prize List

:dummy: Everyone always scrolls down to the prizes first anyway, so let's just get that out of the way. As more prizes are (hopefully) added, they will be highlighted.

Best in Show (overall winner)

:star: 3-month sub, courtesy of wreckling.
:bulletred: 700 points, courtesy of GrimFace242, thorns, LadyLincoln, neurotype and myself.
:bulletred: Inclusion in our Featured folder.
:bulletred: Critique, courtesy of tiganusi.
:bulletred: Llama, courtesy of AzizrianDaoXrak.

Best of Breed (themed entry)

:bulletpurple: 450 points, courtesy of GrimFace242, thorns, LadyLincoln, neurotype and myself.
:bulletpurple: Inclusion in our Featured folder.
:bulletpurple: Llama, courtesy of AzizrianDaoXrak.

:new: Runner-Up (themed entry)

:bulletyellow: 250 points, courtesy of xlntwtch and mirz-alt.
:bulletyellow: Llama, courtesy of AzizrianDaoXrak.

Best of Breed (open theme)

:bulletpurple: 450 points, courtesy of GrimFace242, thorns, LadyLincoln, neurotype and myself.
:bulletpurple: Inclusion in our Featured folder.
:bulletpurple: Llama, courtesy of AzizrianDaoXrak.

:new: Runner-Up (open theme)

:bulletyellow: 250 points, courtesy of xlntwtch and mirz-alt.
:bulletyellow: Llama, courtesy of AzizrianDaoXrak.

Best Novice x2 (honorable mentions)

:bulletred: 100 points x2, courtesy of GrimFace242, thorns, LadyLincoln, neurotype and myself.
:bulletred: Llama, courtesy of AzizrianDaoXrak.

In addition, expect journal features from myself, Cassildra, tiganusi, IrrevocableFate, namenotrequired, AzizrianDaoXrak, Astrikos, MadxRhapsodyx17 and more! :typerhappy:

Contest Rules

:kiss: In the spirit of KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) as well as our group's mission statement, here's the least you need to know:

:pointr: Each contest entry will be presented as a single deviation, to be submitted to the WriMo Challenges folder.

:pointr: You must be a member (or contributor) to submit, and therefore to enter this contest. To keep things fair, the group's founder, co-founders and contest judges will not be eligible for prizes.

:pointr: Every poem in your entry must meet minimalit's guidelines. fav.me/d5xhqyl However, for this contest you are free to mix-and-match: haiku, senryū, and micropoetry. (But see below about themes.)

:pointr: This contest starts and ends when April does. We're on the honor system here: you're free to update your entry daily, weekly, or on any other schedule. We understand that life happens.

:pointr: In order to qualify for prizes, your entry must contain between 28-30 pieces; this is a poem-a-day challenge. Individually titling or numbering them is entirely up to you; we don't require it.

:pointr: If you declare a theme in your deviation description (e.g. animals, the future, all senryū, only two-word micropoetry)  you will be entered into the Themed group. Otherwise, by default your piece will be considered Open Theme. Each person may only win once; the overall winner cannot also receive Best of Breed.

:pointr: We'd very much appreciate it if you would mention minimalit and this contest, and place a link or thumbnail to this article, in your deviation's description. :thanks:

:pointr: If you would like to help add to the prize list (including features, llamas and/or critiques) please note me (HaveTales-WillTell). :note:

:pointr: Above all, NaPoWriMo is about challenging your creativity. Don't stress too hard; just have fun. :relax:

The Judges


:iconhavetales-willtell: :iconcassildra: :icongrimface242: :icontiganusi: :iconneurotype:

Feel free to bribe us with pie. Or with cake. ;p


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:iconyolen:
yolen Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I messed up my editing process a little, if you get a note saying I want to remove my entry please ignore it. Looking forward to seeing who wins! ^.^
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Writer
Not a problem; thank you for the heads-up.
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ZaneTheGuardian Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
where am I supposed to post submissions??
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Writer
Submit them to the group's WriMo Challenges folder. :)
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ZaneTheGuardian Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
okay thanks...idk if I will enter cause I just found this and april is almost over...I will try though
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:iconoperia:
Operia Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there! :wave:
On behalf of #AnotherContestGroup. I, =Operia, have listed your contest in our Contest Feature Journal. Feel free to contact us if you have any details (such as deadlines) you want changed, or any questions (be sure to read the FAQ first!)

We did this to help your contest get more attention, as we have over 8,000 watchers all interested in contests - if you're not a member already, feel free to join us! :D

Low on prizes to offer? See if you qualify for our FREE Winner's Package by checking out our FAQ :aww:

If you're interested in an exclusive poll feature to get noticed even further, please check out our Poll Feature Journal (this will cost a minimum of 75:points:)

Thank you :heart:
:iconoperia: :iconanothercontestgroup: :iconacg-pointsdonations:
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you. :D
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:iconoperia:
Operia Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :aww: good luck with the contest!
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SecretChambers Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Ok this is something I can do! I will try to update each day but it might be difficult with the NYS Exams and all. But i'll try!
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Writer
Best of luck! 8-)
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mystichuntress Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So it's just one deviation with 30 poems all on it?

Does that mean you have to complete all 30 before submitting, or submit and keep adding?
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HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Writer
Yes. :nod:

It's your call. Some people are adding to the deviation day by day (or every couple of days) while others are using Sta.sh Writer, and are planning to submit the finished piece on or about the last day of the month.

What I don't recommend is waiting until the 29th, and then trying to write thirty poems at once. There's nothing in the rules against it; but what you're likely to come up with, rushing at the last minute like that, probably won't represent your best work.
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   General Artist
:la: I can offer a journal feature!
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Writer
So noted, added, and thank you. :love:
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013   General Artist
:heart:
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:iconmortalshinobi:
mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
unfortnate. i only feel adequate in poetry when it's free verse. the other forms generally feel too limited for me.
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Writer
I certainly understand. Thanks for dropping by and checking us out. :)
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:iconmortalshinobi:
mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
no problem.
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:iconkalteeinsamkeit:
KalteEinsamkeit Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I start now? It's 4:04 a.m. April 1st in the UK!
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Writer
:thumbsup:8-) In.
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:iconkalteeinsamkeit:
KalteEinsamkeit Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! 4 a.m.'s the best time to start these things xD
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:iconirrevocablefate:
IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013   Writer
:icondummywooplz:
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Writer
:iconeagerpee:
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:iconskadoske:
Skadoske Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Me into. :la:
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Writer
Great. :w00t:
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:iconkalteeinsamkeit:
KalteEinsamkeit Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't done this type of thing before. How long can each piece be?
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Writer
Basically it'll be one deviation, with thirty poems, each either two or three words long. Here's a [link] to the group's submission guidelines; if you do this, you'd be coming up with one of these per day all month.
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:iconkalteeinsamkeit:
KalteEinsamkeit Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay. Sounds cool. I'll try it if I can get on the computer every day :)
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Writer
Or even every few days. That's why we included a rule addressing the frequency of updates. Good luck. 8-)
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:iconkalteeinsamkeit:
KalteEinsamkeit Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconxlntwtch:
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013   Writer
How do I donate to the prizes?
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Writer
You can drop me a note with what you'd like to offer. 8-)
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:iconxlntwtch:
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013   Writer
I sent the note and you'll see it soon. :B
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Writer
Got it, and duly updated. Thank you again. :hug:
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ChristalKitto Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
More challenges to stir the juices of the brain. :party:
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Writer
:nod: Indeed.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And of course there's a pun in the title :evileye:
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Writer
I gave that pun a Shakespeare. Puns love Shakespeare. :iconshakestickplz:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:evileye:
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Writer
:stare:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's my icon!
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Writer
:trollface: Problem?
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YES.
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Writer
NAU YU HAZ EEBUN BIGR PROBLUM. :icongroinstareplz:
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mirz-alt Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013   General Artist
I'm bowing out of contests. I'm no good at them. But sign me up to donate 200 points to the pot. Where shall I donate them?
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Writer
I got 'em. Thank you. :D
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:icondrippingwords:
DrippingWords Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student Writer
Sign me up!
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:iconhavetales-willtell:
HaveTales-WillTell Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Writer
:iconeasybuttonplz: If this keeps up, we're gonna need a lot more quills and parchment!
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student Writer
I want quills and parchment!

Though, even though I've read a bunch of articles about how the 5-7-5 doesn't actually make a haiku, I still don't understand what does.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] is my favorite explanation of why it's dropped. :B
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