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Imagine if you will, being locked inside of a glasshouse alone, you are surrounded by nature and people, loved ones come visit you, strangers walk by you, seeing your every action, yet they are completely unable to make any contact with you.  You can see the world around you, you can’t escape it and you can’t experience it.

All you have is your glasshouse.

What would you do, how would you react, would you cope?  PoetryPlease wants to find out exactly how you would cope with such a strange predicament.

So, what are the details?

PoetryPlease wants you to write about how you would react to being locked inside a Glasshouse, with no contact from the outside world.

You cannot go outside, you cannot touch or speak to anyone, you can see the world around you, you can see people everywhere, yet you are completely cut off from everything, except your glasshouse.

Will you embrace your surrounding?  Maybe you will find a nice corner in the house and have a mental breakdown, maybe you will try to smash the glass, shattering your way to freedom, or maybe running around the house naked is your kind of thing?  It’s completely up to you.

But wait, there’s more…

Being a PoetryPlease contest we are going to add a little extra to this competition.  Within your entry YOU MUST use atleast three (3) of the following words:

Idyllic:   (adjective)
Extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque.

Inconceivable:   (adjective)
inconceivable, unable to be conceived, unbelievable.

Phenomenon:   (plural)
An observable fact or occurrence or a kind of observable fact or occurrence.

Psychosis:   (plural)
A severe mental disorder, sometimes with physical damage to the brain, marked by a deranged personality and a distorted view of reality.

Squalor:   (plural)
Squalidness; foulness; filthiness; squalidity.

Vulnerable: (adjective)
Open to criticism or attack, easily hurt, as by adverse criticism; sensitive, affected by a specified influence, temptation.

This contest is open to all styles of poetry, Additional points will be awarded for the following included attributes within your entry: </b>

:bulletgreen: Originality of the work.  

:bulletgreen: Creative use of the situation.

Your poem could be serious, funny or even romantic, anything you want. If we get enough entries PoetryPlease may divide the judging into categories, with a first place winner in each. You may indicate in your submission which category you'd like to be considered for if you so desire.

So, how do you submit?

:bulletred: Submit you entry by note with "Glasshouse Contest" in the subject line and your entry in the body.

:bulletred:   Do not submit your entry as a deviation.   

:bulletred: Any entry not submitted anonymously [as a note] will be disqualified.  

:bulletred: After the contest closes, PoetryPlease judges will select a winner based on the above conditions stated.

:bulletred: After the winners are announced, entrants are welcome to submit a deviation of their entry under their own profile.

Speaking of the contest closing...

Entries will be accepted from November 01 and entries will close on November 30, 2009. There will be no exceptions, sorry. Winners will be announced on December 8 2009.

What are the prizes?

The winner(s) will obtain:

:bulletpurple: 1 x Feature on the club's front page.

:bulletpurple: 1 x Feature on the page of ScummyVladDrac

:bulletpurple: 1 x Feature on the page of Scream-Deafening

:bulletpurple: 1 x Feature on the page of MESSENGER-OF-EVIL

More prizes added in the coming weeks. :)


Send us a note!

Official Rules:

1. Plagiarism of any kind will not be tolerated.

2. You entry must fit the theme, but creativity is encouraged, so only obviously misguided entries will be disqualified.

3. You must be a member of PoetryPlease to enter. To become a member, click here: PoetryPlease and send a note with the Join in it.

4. Your entry must be sent by note no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on November 30, 2009 in order to be accepted.

5. Your entry must not be (or ever have been) submitted as a deviation.

6. All entries are to remain anonymous until after the winners are announced. Any breach will disqualify the involved entry.

The world is watching… Good Luck!


PoetryPlease Poetry Contest Admin.
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mikish23 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Student Writer
I would like to enter but I cannot become a member as the membership has closed. Can I enter anyway?
ChellieBelle Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009   Writer
This is a dumb question but I just want to be clear, you want it submitted note only? It cant be saved as a deviation on your page and then copied into a note as a link? Just covering my bases...
kahlen369 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
does it have to be from the first person point of view..???
carostar680 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Ohhh this sounds interesting :) Alot like my piece 'Within The Looking Glass' i think this will give me inspiration to start writing again lol
Hyetthramine Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
I don't like being required to use those words. it's too bad because the "glass house" idea could be fun
Soyaku Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
You could still do it :/ just not for a contest
Lit-Twitter Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
Chirp, it's been twittered. :)
Remedies Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
The anonymity bit is interesting and adds a lot of value to the contest.

But how can a note be anonymous? If I note you, don't you receive a note which is marked as sent by me? Doesn't sound so anonymous... Am I missing something?
ScummyVladDrac Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
It's anonymous to everyone except =PoetryPlease Judges and Admin.

So =PoetryPlease members have not seen the entry.
Remedies Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
Isn't the whole point of anonymity to avoid that judges be influenced by who is writing; and to ensure a focus on the quality of the writing itself?
ATrue Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
There's been some confusion on this matter. Normally, we only have anonymity when the members' votes is determining the results.
Remedies Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
Wouldn't it be interesting to have a panel of judges, whoever they may be, which is blissfully unaware of the username of the contestants?

Not that I distrust the judges' honesty, but rather that it's impossible for anyone to get rid of the a-priori associated with a given user name. There will always be 'the contestant you know is a good writer' and 'the contestant you've never heard of' or 'the contestant who keeps submitting pieces which are never so good'.

What about getting rid of all this and have the judges faced ONLY with written pieces, no names.
ATrue Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
It is a good concept, one that has been utilized by us in the past. I only meant to say that this is not the usual structure, in case you were inquiring because you're familiar with our usual system.
ScummyVladDrac Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
ScummyVladDrac Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
The judges selected for each competition will have nothing to do with =PoetryPlease with the exception of myself and maybe `ATrue from time to time on the larger competitions.

Every contest will have different selected judges assigned so there is no chance of corruption or favouritism, plus at times I will let the community choose their winner through whatever means selected.

If I have noticed anything while reviewing past competitions it's that entrants and their friends are voting for each other, regardless of the writers skill set, it’s far from impartial.

The idea that competition entrants can vote for themselves, then get their friends to vote for them is kind of preposterous.

So, now I have taken over the position of contest admin, some changes have been made that will allow =PoetryPlease and eventually *LITplease competitions to run more frequently and fairly.
ATrue Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
did you get my note on this matter?
ScummyVladDrac Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
I did get your note and I send one back.

Remedies Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
So it means that judges, whether they're a panel or the community, get to judge pieces which are anonymous to them? That they will only judge on content and quality?

That's brilliant! By far the best improvement to dA-run contests I've ever seen!

There actually should be a system available for that. To enable groups to receive submissions for contests anonymously, thus enabling fair and unbiased judgment based on artistic quality, rather than social connections.

As I understand they are currently working on a new Groups system, do you think you could suggest developing and implementing such a tool?

ScummyVladDrac Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
Matt, I don't know whats going on at the moment to be perfectly honest.

I will update you when I know more myself.

We shall see?

Thankyou for the support, regardless of the final outcome.

yourpleasantdarkness Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
Perfect for me right now. I'll enter.
What a brilliant idea.

sns95 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
Hmmm...perhaps this will be something to work with while I make a sad attempt at NaNoWriMo...ugh, I'm already procrastinating... D:
Jieun-Yesul Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009   Writer
I was thinking the EXACT same thing, haha. Oh man, 50k words makes my brain hurt.

I will most definitely think up something and submit later this month though. Cool stuff.
kibirkstele Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Me too. I'm only at 15k.
My life is far too nuts to facilitate something as extreme as 50k in 30 days...
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