Now is the time to submit your poetry about Migraines, Cluster Headaches, and other Headache Disorders for the 2013 Putting Our Heads Together Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest. This is the 11th year for this contest, and we'll be accepting entries for this year's contest through midnight on Friday, May 24.
The new American Headache and Migraine Association will be judging this year's entries, and we'll be announcing the winners the first part of June in observance of Migraine and Headache Awareness Month.
All poems submitted by the deadline and meeting contest rules will be published on HelpForHeadaches.com. New this year — All poems submitted by the deadline and meeting contest rules will be published in a Kindle book with all proceeds going to the American Headache and Migraine Association. No Kindle? No worries! The reason we've chosen to do this e-book on the Kindle platform is it's versatility. There are free Kindle apps for desktop computers, laptop computers, tablets, and smart phones — for Windows, Apple, or Droid.
Contest rules and criteria include:
Subject must be headache or Migraine related, but may be metaphoric or abstract.
Form: Rhymed, free-verse, most forms of poetry, but not prose.
Poetry must be original and written by you. Submission of poetry written by someone else will result in disqualification.
All poems must be unpublished work, never before published anywhere. Once submitted for the contest, they may not be published anywhere else, including on personal blogs, personal web sites, and online forums until after the winners are published and announced in June. Publication of poems elsewhere before our publication of the poems and announcement of the winners will result in disqualification.
Length: Maximum of 60 lines, no more than 80 characters per line (including spaces and punctuation). Please make special note of the 80 characters per line. This means LINES, not paragraphs.
Number of entries: Please limit entries to no more than three poems per person.
Age: Poems written by persons under 18 years of age must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian.
"Family-friendly" language required. No profanity or other potentially offensive language.
Deadline: Midnight, Friday, May 24, 2013. Submissions received after this date will be deleted.
For more information and links to the submission form, please visit the contest information page.
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© Teri Robert, 2013
Last updated May 21, 2013.