Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
The Epic Poetry Contest began January 1, 2009, but it's not too late for you to get involved. And with the amazing prizes available, you're not going to want to wait any longer! Remember, in March and April there will be some heavy workshopping, so you're not in this alone. In fact, there are rumours of Trashrock getting involved.


Starting February 1st, PoetryPlease will be hosting our own writing month called EpPoWriMo. Everybody interested in participating in the contest, even if they're not yet sure they will sucessfully complete their poem, are welcome to participate in this Epic writing extravaganza. The goal will be to write all 1000 words of your poem in the 28 days of February which works out to only about 36 words a day! If you'd like to participate in EpPoWriMo, please note us and we'll keep a list of participants with updated word counts on the contest deviation. You don't have to offcially submit your name to participate, however.


These are the people who have informed us of their participation. To have your name included, note PoetryPlease.


Contest Prizes

1st Place:

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

2nd Place:

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

3rd Place:

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

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”…. Truly, Epic poetry has a great reputation, from <a href=”…>The Iliad to <a href=”…>Beowulf to <a href=”…>The New World.  

As stated in our <a href=”…>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. 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 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.
Add a Comment:
IlBiancoNeve Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

:D :D :D

you probably KNOW that u r sick :)

i WOULD however DARE . . . .

yet it seems like i am 5 years too late, yes?
p-i-c-k-l-e Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so is it to late to enter
p-i-c-k-l-e Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So is it too late to enter
fierypoplartree Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Wow. I'd never be able to finish 1000 words. O_o I can't get more than 50!
yael31 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
Sounds interesting.. ;p
kibirkstele Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm definitely in! I just hope I can make it without failing any exams!!! :D
Mattiello Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Writer
This sounds enticing. :D
anifell Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
This is going to be extremely tough, for me at least.
I have a hard time as it is writing 1000-word essays, let alone a 1000-word poem.
deamonicangel Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Student
I am so doing this, I might not have a great poetry side but I'll do it for a bit of fun. I have some awesome ideas already and it will alow me to expand on that.
TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
So it works like this...I note you saying I want to participate...then I start writing...and in May I submit my work and note you with the thumb so you can judge it? and sometimes I'll come and comment about the number of words I wrote already, is that it?
Awesome idea.
GrimEden Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Nevermind, I see it on the deviation.
GrimEden Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Any new news?
xGlowFliesx Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Can there be multiple poems that tie into one another to form a single story?
You-Were-Snarked Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
Can it involve nonsense? (An example of my work that uses it: [link]) Like something Lewis Carroll would write?
Mjondras Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Is this where I sign up? If not, tell me where to. ^^

In case this is where I sign up, sign me up! And tell me I've signed up so I know I've come to the right place. XD
lilmandrewl Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Count me in. It'll give me something to do when i get writers cramp in creative writing
JemimaAslana Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
Going to give it a shot. Writing for my own setting, I've long been wanting to create a legend for a major character, so now's the time, I guess. If it won't work in the contest context, I can still use it for the setting :)

Yep, I'll definitely give it a shot.
xGlowFliesx Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
Oh Fun! I'm totally in. Since Nanowrimo I haven't been writing nearly as much :[
fllnthblnk Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I may want to participate in this. Sounds very hard.
TheRealNeix Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
I will be joining in this endeavor. I only hope that there will be a better judging process than with the last competition. Having some experts well versed in epic poetry would be helpful rather than a community vote. Not everyone has sat and read and understood the epic poems suggested above, so therefore lack optimal knowledge to judge upon.
sirenwater Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wish I had found out about the contest earlier. While good luck to those that have entered.
Carousel-Dreams Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
I am very excited about entering, I do not usually write epic or long poems but this is a good time as any to start, wish my luck guys! ^^
falathiel Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
..I have to join this! :D
shadow-rise Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009   Writer
Yeah, do they have to be real people?
fighting0the0music Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Student Writer
Quick question, our epic has to be based on a real figure? Can we create a character then place them into mythology, common times, or the past of my country?
vampireknightfan Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Student Writer
i'll give it a thought!
GayBarIsSexy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
I think i ma going to try too even thou i might not make you think you can tell me were tyo sumit or is it alrealy sumited when we enter and one more thing is there a topic?
GayBarIsSexy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
ummm how do you enter?
GwenavhyeurAnastasia Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
Send a note to =PoetryPlease stating that you wish to enter. =]
GayBarIsSexy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009

are you entering the contest?
GwenavhyeurAnastasia Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
Sure am. Good luck!
GayBarIsSexy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
good luck to you too! ^__^
Rellaenthia Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
ok, so... i note you guys telling you i'm going to give it a try? and then... what? lol
ATrue Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
then you write until you're done. Let us know once a week or every few weeks what your word count is (if you want) and we'll keep track in the contest deviation. At the very least, you name will be there to indicate your participation.
Rellaenthia Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, then... I think I shall try! :)
Add a Comment:

:iconpoetryplease: More from PoetryPlease

More from DeviantArt


Submitted on
January 30, 2009


48 (who?)