An Epic Poetry Contest of Equally Epic Proportions
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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. The details of this contest will be continually updated in the PoetryPlease deviation <a href=”poetryplease.deviantart.com/ar…>here. You may wish to watch us in order to receive notice of these changes.

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:

:bulletred: the hero is of imposing stature, of national or international importance, and of great historical or legendary significance
:bulletred: the setting is vast, covering many nations, the worlds or the universe
:bulletred: the action consists of deeds of great valor or requiring superhuman courage
:bulletred: supernatural forces--gods, angels, demons--interest themselves in the action
:bulletred: a style of sustained elevation is used (meaning it is action packed, adventurous, and exciting)
:bulletred: 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. Speaking of judging, we will be putting together a fantastic judging panel over the next month and will update you with a complete list at a later date. We’re also putting together an excellent prize list, which has yet to be finalized, but we can assure you that there are some great prizes coming your way from Community Relations, as well as whispers of publication in a popular magazine.

Not incentive enough? That’s alright, you don’t have to participate. But we can assure you that once all the details are released about prizes, etc. you will be kicking yourself for missing out on the head start.

One final remark about the contest. Your poem must be written in some fixed format. 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 originally 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 early 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.
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Hukos's avatar
Hmm, seems interesting... 1k words isn't all that bad (You'll get around 1-2k words in a chapter of a book...), I was planning on doing one anyway ^_^
But May? Don't know if I can get it finalized by then... but I had a really sweet idea for such a poem, I'll post whether or not I beat the May 1st deadline.
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DeviouslyART's avatar
Will add to our get involved list :D
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Wonderr's avatar
Beowulf was a great epic. Hmm...I'm going for it.
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duo7700's avatar
duo7700|Professional Writer
I am afraid to try, because my schoolwork may suffer... six months though...
What the hey!
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TocTicTocTic's avatar
Hmmm...
So Milton can't join then ;P
This aught to be fun!
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Lilyflowa's avatar
I'll give this one a go! We just read Homer's The Odyssey in English, so this should be interesting!
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re4p3r1's avatar
beowulf the novel is a great example of an epic poem
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avatare's avatar
avatare|Hobbyist Photographer
I'm going to participate in these sounds like fun.
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ardunt's avatar
ardunt|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This sounds interesting, more than a simple poem.
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JemimaAslana's avatar
Hmmm, I'll see if I can whip an idea or two... and actually put it together too. Might be interesting.
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vampirevampire's avatar
I'm in.
This will be a great opportunity for practice. X3
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as-they-say's avatar
this sounds like quite a challenge. i like the idea, i just hope i actually do it.
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anifell's avatar
anifell|Hobbyist Writer
I had a feeling when you all said there was going to be a huge poetry contest, I knew it was going to be an epic!

I'm terribly frightened.
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TheUlvanger's avatar
This is a most frightening challenge for one such as I, but my heart and love for literature I shall put forth.
~ :)
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RickDanger's avatar
RickDanger|Hobbyist Writer
Sweet, I'll be revisiting my epyllion. No poem left behind!
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fahrae|Student Writer
I've been looking for something to work on. This...wow looks really hard. I'm going to try my best!
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Chikami-chan's avatar
Question, (actually has to ask ><;) what's fixed mean?
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obsidian-sky's avatar
It means it has a fixed format. I don't think that necessarily means it has to rhyme though, although most fixed poems do.
Pretty much, it's not free-verse. It takes more thought about the cadence of the word sounds, not just the meaning.
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Chikami-chan's avatar
Thank you ^^
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AngelofGod87|Hobbyist Writer
Sounds like a nice challenge... unfortunantly for me... I can't submit anything (that doesn't mean I won't try my hand at writing something like this though) ;) hmm quite a challenge.

TTFN
Me
:)
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fllnthblnk|Hobbyist Writer
This sounds exciting!
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naughtyloveletters's avatar
Should be interesting, looking forward to following the competition progress.
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