Submit YOUR Migraine and Headache Poetry Through May 13

PoetryContest2012-Simple200Since 2001, the Putting Our Heads Together Poetry Contest has been a way for people impacted by Migraine and other headache disorders to express themselves through poetry to:

  • creatively educate the public,
  • raise awareness,
  • combat stigma,
  • share their feelings with other like-minded people,
  • and more.

In previous years, we've held the contest a bit earlier in the year, and announced the winners in April, in observance of National Poetry Month. This year, we'll be announcing the winners the first of June, in observance of National Migraine Awareness Month.

To accommodate some Migraineurs who have emailed, saying that their Migraines have prevented their meeting our original contest deadline, we've extended the deadline to midnight on Monday, May 13, 2012.

All poetry must be on the subject of Migraines or headaches.

  • All poetry entered will be published on www.HelpForHeadaches.com.
  • Some of the top poems will be published in the National Headache Foundation's magazine, HeadWise.
  • The winning poem will be published in Pain Medicine News.
  • The National Headache Foundation will give the winning poet a gift of $250 U.S. dollars.
  • The contest is judged by The Migraine Research Foundation, Dr. Seymour Diamond, and Teri Robert.

Ready?

Proceed to the complete contest rules and link to the entry form.

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2011 Putting Our Heads Together Poetry Contest Winners

WinnersAre2011 Migraine and other headache disorders can have devastating effects on our lives. They can leave us feeling isolated, frustrated, angry, and hopeless. Writing can be therapeutic, and it can be a great way to show others what these disorders can do to our lives; a great way to bust some of the myths associated with them.

For those reasons, the Putting Our Heads Together Poetry Contest is held each year. As always, we received many good entries this year. As always, it was very difficult to choose the "winners." The truth is that everyone who was strong and brave enough to submit a poem is a winner, but this is a contest, so our judges did their best to choose them.

So, without further ado, the winners are...

1st Place
A Parent's Lament by Sandra Jaspen Hughes

2nd Place
Fire and Ice by Laura Merleau

3rd Place
Wednesday by Juliette Guarino

4th Place
Volcanic Collapse by Patricia Frolander

5th Place
Someday by Dave W.

6th Place
Forced Entry by Laura K. Patterson

Honorable Mention:
Alice by Kala Guidry
The Battle by Diana Van de Kamp
A Billion Particles of Light in the Migraine Brain by Laurel Marie Sobol
Brain Freeze by Zaina Sukkarieh
Careful by Darlene Blair
Crippling by Navarro
The Dance and Cry by Christopher Aaron Chapman
Headache by Kathryn Burkett
Headache by Jacob Oet
How a Snake Made My Headache by Stella Lalicata
How Nice to Have a Friend by Carol H. Jewell
I am pain by by Zev J. Meyers
Invisible by Cindy Smalletz
kNōw by Kimberley Formosa
Migraine by Jackie Feffer
My Headache by Joy Lalicata
My Last Migraine by Cindy Smalletz
The Obligation by Kathy B. Swann
The People Who Don't Care by Brenna Gray
A So-Called Life by Janice
There Is Nothing I Can Do by Brenna Gray
Thief in the Night by Darlene Blair
Uninvited Guest by Joanna Barker
Untitled by Janice

All of the poems that were entered and met the rules of the contest have been published on Help for Headaches and Migraine. For a listing of all of the poems and links to them, plese see our Winners Page.

Thank you to all who entered, and congratulations to all our contest winners! Our 2012 contest will open for entries in February of 2012.

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Migraine Poetry Contest - Two Days Left!

POHTPoetry2011-200b The Putting Our Heads Together Migraine Poetry Contest is still open for submissions. This is a great way to express yourself about the impact of Migraine and other headache disorders.

All entries will be published on www.HelpForHeadaches.com, and winners will be announced in April, in observance of National Poetry Month.

You don't have to be an experienced poety to enter. Poems must be about Migraine or another headache disorder, and all poems must be in English.

For rules and the online entry form, go to the rules and submission page.

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Migraine Poetry Contest Deadline Extended

POHTPoetry2011-200b The deadline for submitting poetry to the 2011 Putting Our Heads Together Migraine Poetry Contest has been extended to midnight, March 31, 2011.

Entries are welcome from any country, but all entries must be in English. Entrants are asked to limit their entries to three poems. Poetry may be in any form -- rhymed, free-verse, ect. -- but must be poetry, not prose. Limit of 60 lines, 80 characters per line, including punctuation and spaces. Poetry must be on subjects related to Migraines or other headache disorders.

The poetry will be judged by patient educators and advocates Teri Robert and Nancy Harris Bonk and staff members of the National Headache Foundation. For complete rules and the online submission form, go to the Help for Headaches and Migraine Poetry Submission Page.

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Enter Our Migraine Poetry Contest Now

POHTPoetry2011-250 Migraine is a potentially debilitating disease that can have a fathomless impact on lives. It can make us feel isolated, helpless, powerless, and frustrated to an extent that's often difficult to express.

Each year, I invite people to enter our Putting Our Heads Together poetry contest. The contest is open to anyone who wishes to enter poetry about Migraine or other headache disorders.

You needn't be an experienced poet to try your had at this. In fact, some of our winning poems in previous contests have come from first-time poets. Just keep in mind that this is poetry, not prose. It can be any form of poetry as long as it's no more than 60 lines long, and each line is no more than 80 characters, including spaces and punctuation.

We are accepting entries through midnight, March 15, 2011. Entries will be judged by patient educator and advocate Nancy Harris Bonk, staff members of the National Headache Foundation, and me. Winners will be announced by Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in observance of National Poetry Month.

The contest presents an opportunity to both express yourself and raise public awareness of Migraine disease and other headache disorders.

Ready to try it? You can enter by reviewing the contest rules and entering your poem on our submission form. Just go to our Putting Our Heads Together Poetry Contest 2011 rules.

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