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Epic Poetry Contest Winners

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Published: January 1, 2009
We've finally decided on our winners! The judging took a little longer than we intended, but you need not wait any longer. Without further ado:

1st place winner: ~bertron-the-prophet with The Arboretum
2nd place winner: ~Aruchel with Aurora's Rose
3rd place winner: =lady-shirakawa with Epic

Congratulations to the winners and thank to everyone else who participated. The prizes will be delivered to the winners as soon as possible, but in the meantime, please be patient. Thank you everyone reading for helping to make this contest a huge success!

Contest Prizes

1st Place:

Publication in Soundzine.
Basic artist bag from CR
1 year sub from CR
$30 deviantdollars from CR
Journal feature from ^StJoan
Journal feature from `ATrue
Journal feature from ~isabellakay

2nd Place:

Fella Plushie from CR
6 month sub from CR
$20 deviantdollars from CR
Journal feature from ^StJoan
Journal feature from `ATrue
Journal feature from ~isabellakay

3rd Place:

Devwear T-shirt from CR
3 month sub from CR
$15 deviantdollars CR
Journal feature from ^StJoan
Journal feature from `ATrue
Journal feature from ~isabellakay

Contest Judges

=bewareofthesnowman, `cypher-neo, ^lovetodeviate, *mode-de-vie, `PunknEra, *ThornyEnglishRose, =vix0r.


Contest Details

This contest is open to all members of DeviantArt and is being run with the support of Community Relations. The process is going to be a long one, but the result, we hope, will be a large amount of publishable epic poems.

According to Poetry Portal, an Epic poem “is a long poem narrating the heroic exploits of an individual in a way central to the beliefs and culture of his society. Typical elements are fabulous adventures, superhuman deeds, polyphonic composition, majestic language and a craftsmanship deploying the full range of literary devices, from lyrical to dramatic…epic poetry is counted among man's noblest creations” www.poetry-portal.com/styles10…. Truly, Epic poetry has a great reputation, from <a href=”ebooks.reftogo.com/ebook_excer…>The Iliad to <a href=”januarymagazine.com/features/b…>Beowulf to <a href=”www.n2hos.com/acm/culttwo.html…>The New World.  

As stated in our <a href=”poetryplease.deviantart.com/ar…>Epyllion Contest info, there are six main characteristics of an epic:

> the hero is of imposing stature, of national or international importance, and of great historical or legendary significance
> the setting is vast, covering many nations, the worlds or the universe
> the action consists of deeds of great valor or requiring superhuman courage
> supernatural forces--gods, angels, demons--interest themselves in the action
> a style of sustained elevation is used (meaning it is action packed, adventurous, and exciting)
> the poet retains a measure of objectivity (meaning the poem is not told from a first-person perspective)
This information was found here.

The goal of this contest is to produce your own Epic poem, with a minimum of 1000 words. This may seem like a lofty goal, but you’ll be happy to know that the contest will be held over the next six months, allowing you plenty of time to write, edit, and polish your Epic. The process will be divided up as two months for initial writing, two months of heavy workshopping, and one month for final revisions. The final due date will be May 31, 2009. Then, the sixth month will be used for judging the entries and releasing the winners.

PoetryPlease is delivering on last year’s promise to make the Epyllion Contest worth your while. At the same time as we announced our Epyllion winners, we said, ”The purpose of this contest was to create an opening or excerpt to a much larger piece. Please keep working on your piece and turn it into a true epic - this may become important in the future.” So, with this Epic Contest, the bonus for those of you who participated in the Epyllion contest is that you may use that same deviation (expanded of course) for your Epic poem, whereas everyone else needs to submit a new deviation. Cool, huh? You’ve got a head start, so use it well to your advantage!

Your entry, as already stated, will need to be at least 1000 words. Please be reasonable with how far past this limit you go as our judges are going to have a tough enough time as is.

One final remark about the contest. Your poem must be written in some fixed form. While you do not have to choose a ballad or other popular form, your focus should be on flow and rhythm as most traditional Epics were transmitted orally through music and song. Please keep this in mind when writing your Epic. It is not simply a prose story with line breaks.

As the process continues, help will arrive from all over the lit community for those participating. Keep your eyes open for these opportunities!

Contest Rules

1. All members of DeviantArt, except for PoetryPlease staff members and the contest judges, may submit a poem for consideration.
2. All entries, except for those poems submitted to last year’s Epyllion Contest, must be new entries submitted no earlier than January 1, 2009.
3. You must be willing to have your poem published at the contest’s completion.
4. No entry may be submitted officially to PoetryPlease before May 1, 2009. After this time, when you are ready to submit your entry, please send a note to PoetryPlease with “Epic Entry” in the subject and a link to the deviation in the body.
5. All entries must be received by 8pm EST on May 31, 2009.
6. All entries must be at least 1000 words and written in some kind of fixed form (ie. a focus on the poem's oral quality).
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This contest is complete and closed. Thank you to all who participated.
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Sakriphice's avatar
Sakriphice|Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats to the winners.

Also...I can't believe that I'm writing a epic poem now and I just now find this?!

Crap...oh well.
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ThornyEnglishRose's avatar
Do you have a list of all the entries? I want to comment on one that didn't win, and unfortunately I can't remember the name of the piece or the author! And I seem to have deleted the note with the full list of entries as well, which was silly - I don't even remember doing it. :blush:
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PoetryPlease's avatar
I'll resend you the list momentarily.
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ThornyEnglishRose's avatar
Thanks! :slow:
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PinkWoods's avatar
PinkWoods|Hobbyist Interface Designer
Congrats to the winners! :D
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PinkWoods|Hobbyist Interface Designer
It sounded interesting on DA news, but now I don't think I'm in anymore.

Heros, adventures, it sounds more like you want a story rather then a poem. How do you make a poem into something like a story anyways?

I'd be more interested if we could see some of the entries or an example so we know more about what you want cause this doesn't sound much like a poetry contest from where I'm sitting. Maybe it's just me?
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PoetryPlease's avatar
Epic poetry is a old style. Ever hear of Homer? He wrote many epics. There's also the Epic of Gilgamesh and many more. The original news article has links to examples.
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PinkWoods's avatar
PinkWoods|Hobbyist Interface Designer
I found the original news article (at least I think I did) there were no examples - at least no links to any.
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PoetryPlease's avatar
Oh! It may need to follow the link to the "Epyllion" contest then, because that was the original Epic contest and I know it had examples. We must have forgot to include them in this new one...
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PinkWoods's avatar
PinkWoods|Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hm, no I've never heard of him I'm afraid. I'll check the examples. Thank you! :)
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CiaoAmare's avatar
CiaoAmare|Hobbyist Writer
Damn...don't think I'm in anymore...I did very unconventional "epic" poem...that is...First person, not heroic in the traditional sense, and non-vast setting...damn...
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CiaoAmare|Hobbyist Writer
Damn...don't think I'm in anymore...I did very unconventional "epic" poem...that is...First person, not heroic in the traditional sense, and non-vast setting...damn...
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LyraAlluse's avatar
LyraAlluse|Professional General Artist
I submitted a note with my entry, but I didn't get a reply. How do you know if the entry was received/ accepted?
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PoetryPlease's avatar
The sent folder in your inbox will show you if a note you've sent has been opened. All entries are automatically accepted, but they are not to be judged until June; the judges will determine then if an entry fits the requirements. If you've followed the rules, you should be fine. :) And, yes, we did receive you entry.
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LyraAlluse's avatar
LyraAlluse|Professional General Artist
Cool! Thank you very much. I am very excited about this contest. XD
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StyrofoamB00ts's avatar
So to submit a piece, should I note it to you, or actually make it a deviation and just send you a link?

Also, upon publication in a magazine, does the writer maintain all rights to the piece?
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PoetryPlease's avatar
You send us a link to your deviation. As for the publication question, check out Soundzine's submission policies. I'm almost 100% sure that all rights remain with the author, but it never hurts to read up on it for your own peace of mind.
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VertigoArt's avatar
VertigoArt|Professional Writer
Is it too late to join this contest? :)
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PoetryPlease's avatar
Absolutely not! The due date is not until May 31, 2009.
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VertigoArt's avatar
VertigoArt|Professional Writer
Wonderful. I will polish up something I have been working on and submit it (hopefully) by then. :D
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ShadowedAcolyte's avatar
While I don't feel like epic-writing, I wouldn't mind epic-critiquing if you're short of those.
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PoetryPlease's avatar
Absolutely. As of right now, there is no organization to the critiquing until more people provide us with links. Feel free to follow the existing links and critique as you see fit. :) Thanks for the offer!
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ShadowedAcolyte's avatar
Alright. If a formal organization does arise, count me in.
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PoetryPlease's avatar
Do you mind noting that to us, just so I don't forget?
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