Press Release: Third Annual Found Poem Student Contest (New York Times)

A while back, I wrote about the practice of erasure poetry. Now you have a chance to put your skills to use! Through April 16th, The New York Times is accepting entries for their third annual Found Poem contest from persons aged 13 – 25. Rules follow.

The rules:

  1. Each poem must be 14 or fewer lines long.
  2. You may give it your own original title if you like.
  3. The poem itself should use no more than two of your own words. The rest of the words and phrases should come from some article or articles published in The New York Times, past or present. (Note: We check. People have been disqualified for not adhering to this rule.)
  4. You might choose to write in a traditional poetic form, or not.
  5. Remember that in a poem, every word, line break and mark of punctuation carries meaning, so have fun experimenting with repetition of words, alliteration, assonance or anything else that enhances what you’d like to say. (Note: Our commenting system doesn’t recognize fancy spacing, so using words to create interesting shapes is unfortunately not an option.)
  6. Please, only one poem per person.
  7. You must be between 13 and 25 years of age.
  8. Don’t include your last name because our privacy rules still apply, but you must give us your first name, your age and your hometown.
  9. At the bottom of your found-poem post, please provide us with the URL(s), or Web address(es), of the article(s) you used. To find a URL for an article, just copy and paste what comes up at the top of the page in your browser. So, for example, this post’s URL is http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/our-third-annual-new-york-times-found-poem-student-contest/, while the URL for the film review of the first “Hunger Games” movie is http://movies.nytimes.com/2012/03/23/movies/the-hunger-games-movie-adapts-the-suzanne-collins-novel.html.
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