There once was a poet who wrote pretty verse
‘bout birdsong and flowers—could have done worse.
A proser she met one day on a walk.
They nodded hello and started to talk.
“Your stories are thrilling,” the poet exclaimed.
“They take me to places dark and untamed.
Heroes move mountains to champion right.
Villains are vanquished as day turns to night.”
“Your verses are music,” he boldly replied.
“They’re metaphor magic rhythmically tied
with ribbons of wisdom. Know what we should do?
Fusion our efforts and write something new.”
So, working together they each plied their craft.
‘Mid crumpled-up pages there emerged a draft
of story and poem all rolled into one…
Didn’t happen that way, but this has been fun!
No, it didn’t happen that way. The saga and ballad predate the modern prose story. But the dichotomy that currently exists between prose and poetry is more a recent estrangement than a divorce, so let’s see if you can reconcile the crafts, which are really two sides of the same page.
Announcing Page & Spine’s first-ever Story Poem Contest.
1. Your original, unpublished poem must be both metered (have a consistent rhythm of your choice) and rhymed (you choose the pattern) and contain no more than 1,000 words.
2. Your poem must tell a complete story consisting of character(s), conflict, climax, and resolution. Dialog is optional. The topic is entirely up to you. Remember: scenes and vignettes are not stories.
Deadline: midnight EDT, June 26, 2014. Submit to email@example.com, subject line: Story Poem Contest and title. There’s no fee to enter.
Winners will be announced right here in our July 11th edition and published on our Poems page on July 18th.
Prizes: First Prize, $25 and publication.
Runner–Up, publication at the regular $20 rate.
Judges: N.K. Wagner (Hey, that’s me!) and Lee Allen Hill will wrangle over whose story poem is best, keeping in mind that “best” is a subjective term. Lee is more a story guy and I lean toward poetry (which gives poets and storytellers an even chance). Eventually, we’ll come to a consensus. Don’t worry—not for nothing do we work at Page & Spine International Headquarters, Gift Shop and Trauma Center. As always, all entries will be judged “blind”. Our final decision is…well, final.
Our goal is to have fun and produce some great story poems. Additional exceptional submissions may be offered publication at a later date.