Poetry Contest

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Poetry Contest

Poetry Contest

Well, we haven't had one of these in a while, have we? Time for a new one, I say! Welcome, resident poets!

The rules are pretty simple. I am the first judge. I will give you a theme, and you must write a poem relating to the theme. Be creative with your interpretations! I will then judge the entries by a set date, and the winner will then be the next judge, and set the next theme. And so on, and so forth. 

The first theme will be... *dramatic drumroll*

Stars! Whether you chose to write about the kind of stars you wish on, or the kind that take the stage, I will be eagerly awaiting your sparkly, shiny, beautiful poems. Have them in by... Saturday, March 18. Two weeks. Sound fair? 

I hope to see your poems soon!

~Booksy <3 

submitted by Booksy Owly
(March 4, 2017 - 8:58 pm)

Oooh, I have one for this! I'll post it after school because I have to leave now.


submitted by Bluebird
(April 19, 2017 - 7:11 am)

Er... this turned out to be a prose poem? Or something? I don't know if it counts, but I just started writing about how I've changed over the years and this happened.

my evolution

remember my lopsided ponytail? remember how i refused to wear dresses and scoffed at pink and wondered why boys gave girls flowers and chocolate? remember how i dragged my feet at shopping malls, a pair of dark blue sneakers trudging down the aisles i called torture while mother told me to stop making such a fuss? remember the old me- the kid who'd being taught that being girly was a sin- hiding behind messy hair and loose t-shirts and a gruff disposition?

i've changed. i've seen through the lies repeated over and over and over ever since i got stuck with two X chromosomes instead of one. i've decided who i'll be, and nobody's going to change me without my consent.

my hair is short now, pixie cut and neatly combed. i wear skirts on tuesdays and something floral every other day of the week, complete with a genuine smile i never had before. i like sewing and i like baking and i even tried cheerleading for a year, and that's OK because i've prioritized my happiness over whether or not people take me seriously.

but i still come home with scratched-up knees and bandaids on my arms (except that now, they've got sparkles on them). and i still dig around in the dirt and i still shoot hoops with my cousins and i still spend money on dime store comic books. and i still frown and uncross my legs when grandma tells me to sit like a lady.

i've evolved, and i'm proud to say that i'm truly, wonderfully, finally, me.


You can disqualify me if you want, this isn't really poetry... it's just something I wrote a few weeks ago and I thought it fit the change theme. Also, along with this topic- (if you're a girl) isn't it so annoying when people tell you to act like a lady? That is one of my worst pet peeves.  


submitted by Bluebird
(April 19, 2017 - 8:38 pm)

This is really close to how I feel- I used to dislike traditional feminine things a lot, not because I actually disliked them, but because I didn't think I'd be taking seriously by people if I wore sparkly dresses and debated about politics with a passion,  and I would think badly of girls who were into more mainstream stuff or girls who did their makeup. I had a lot of internalized sexism. You're right though, it's always important to stay true to yourself, and not think badly of others. Sorry, I'm completely rambling. My point is that your poem is really awesome, and I can relate to it a lot!


submitted by Bibliophile
(August 15, 2017 - 6:06 pm)

Um, September? It's Friday... where are the results?

I mean, not trying to be mean, but it has been a while. I get it if you're busy, but I haven't heard anything for a while. 

submitted by Kitten
(April 21, 2017 - 5:30 pm)

I am so, so, so, so, so very sorry for taking forever to judge this! 


Wow, wow, WOW!! All of the poems were amazing! Y’all made judging very hard for me!! 


Without further ado. . .


Honorable Mention: Silverwaxwing! 

I loved the message of your poem, and the imagery especially this line: 


We would be caught...


In an ongoing pulse,


beating like a heart,


Third Place: Booksy Owly!

Wow, just wow! I loved the way you broke up the lines and the style of your piece!


Second Place: General Waffleson!

Waffle, you're a genius with rhymes! I love how you took a totally different path on the topic, I loved the “storyline” of your poem!!! 


First Place: Pied Piper!

You blew me away. I loved your style and the choice you made with this topic, especially this stanza: 

We used to have winters so cold

that the ephemeral became frozen in time

and was eternal

dying and alive at the same time

not quite quantum

not quite real.

Congratulations to everyone!!! 


Pied Piper, you’re the judge now! Let us know your theme and the deadline!! 

submitted by RESULTS!!!, September
(April 21, 2017 - 8:12 pm)

Ahhhh! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!! That totally made my day!!!! I never thought I would get anything that good!!!!! Thank you!!!!

 CONGRATULATIONS to Booksy Owly! General Waffleson! ....And....Pied Piper!!!!!!

All the poems were TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 


submitted by Silverwaxwing
(April 22, 2017 - 11:43 am)
submitted by Top!
(April 24, 2017 - 6:31 pm)

AH! I can't believe it! I'm so happy right now, I love my poem and everyone's poems, they're all amazing, congrats to everyone for writing awesome poems! *gasps for breath* Sorry for not checking earlier, I've been busy with schoolwork so I temporarily forgot...

Anyways, the new theme is:


Night dreams, daydreams, anything about any type of dream!

Deadline May 7th, since about two weeks seems to be working for everyone.

submitted by Pied Piper
(April 24, 2017 - 10:08 pm)

I saw your poem on the Slam, and since I'm not old enough to post there yet, I just wanted to tell ya that I loved it :)

submitted by @Booksy (September)
(April 25, 2017 - 1:18 am)

I saw it too! Yeah, it was really good, Booksy!

submitted by @September/Booksy, (Bluebird)
(April 25, 2017 - 1:36 pm)

Aw, thank you so much, Bluebird and Sep! That means the world to me! And yaaays, third place!

submitted by Booksy Owly
(April 25, 2017 - 9:10 pm)

What is Slam?

submitted by Silverwaxwing
(April 25, 2017 - 4:19 pm)

The Slam is a place where kids 14+ can post writing (and art/photography, I believe?). Cricket magazine has The Chatterbox, The Slam is sort of like that, but for Cicada magazine. I'd say it's mostly poetry.

submitted by Bluebird
(April 25, 2017 - 6:00 pm)

What's the slam?

submitted by Kitten
(April 25, 2017 - 10:24 pm)

Oh someone already answered that question. 

submitted by Kitten
(April 26, 2017 - 7:11 pm)