Poets and The Poetry Contest

Updated on March 17, 2019
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I have been writing poetry, fiction and short stories for many years and have completed a book of poems. I also enjoy comedy writing.

The Poetry Contest
The Poetry Contest

There they go again

Judging my poetry of pain

The words I express are not for monetary gains

Nor or they to be treated like a scrabble game

Don’t place a measly price on my craft

Reading hundreds and thousands of pieces, then neglecting and rejecting

Too much for you to read with understand, to read with appreciation

You don’t understand the craft or its foundation

Making money of the poets desperation

To be recognized in his nation

Taking money to read poems is pathetic

Then the poet goes into despair when her piece is rejected

Now she questions her skill and wonder why she is neglected

Then launch a symposium and charge an admittance fee

For the poets to come and listen their own piece

I see your emails intruding in my mail box

Telling me to submit and earn cash

But I place them in junk and leave them there

For a poetry contest, this poet has no care

I will write, I will publish even if I alone give them a read or two

But to enter a poetry contest, that I will never do.

© 2019 Clive Williams


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    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 

      14 months ago from Queensland Australia

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      14 months ago from Jamaica

      Congrats Jodah. Poem to song is every poets dream...well used to be at least. Yes, please send me the link.

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      John Hansen 

      14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Clive, I feel for you, brother and can relate. I submitted my poetry to a few contests and publishers and mostly got rejected. I did have one poem win a contest to be recorded as a song, but I learnt my lesson and won't submit my work to any contest that has an entry fee. To me, that is just a money making scam and who wants to pay for a polite (or not so polite) rejection letter. I mainly write poetry for the love of it.

      You got your point across well in this poem. p.s. I did come across a contest for humor poetry that has free entry. It is called the Wergle Flomp Humor poetry contest and entries close April 1st. If you are interested and want the link, let me know.

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      Clive Williams 

      14 months ago from Jamaica

      Blessings to you billy

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      Bill Holland 

      14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Clive, you will always have this to hold onto.....you will always be a better poet than me. :) I love your ending....just write for the love of writing, buddy!

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      Clive Williams 

      14 months ago from Jamaica

      ruby, you are a gem

      goodens deep to the roots

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      14 months ago from Southern Illinois

      If I wrote poetry for money, I'd be broke and living on the streets. I write poetry for the love of rhyme or if something is not going well. It seems if I put it on paper I feel a sense of relief. To me, poetry is beautiful and displays the poets' heart. I like your heart and I like your poetry...Nuf said!

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      Clive Williams 

      14 months ago from Jamaica

      Eric...please share the spoils with this moneyless poet

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      Clive Williams 

      14 months ago from Jamaica

      lol...Flourish...that one cracked me up..I need to eat too...bye bye poet.

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      14 months ago from USA

      There’s not a lot of money in poetry but you should do it for the love of it. I was the poet of my high school graduation class. I had quite a passion for it but well, I needed to eat. Write on, Clive.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What? I make a ton of money for my sermons.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      14 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Well Clive, you sure made your intentions clear with that poem. It was interesting, and I understand your decision.


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