Got a scary poem in you? Let it come out. The Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry is hosting a Scary Poem Contest that includes a reading of your poem at the Oct. 25 Dark & Scary event at the museum. Cash prizes for the top 3 winners!
Anyone can send in a poem, but winners must be present: We need to hear you tell us your poem around the campfire in the dark . . . where the sasquatch and coyote might be lurking.
Guidelines: Your poem should be between 10 and 100 lines. It can rhyme but does not have to. Send your poem in an email or through the mail:
EMAIL: Send the poem in the body of your email (no attachments) to ROMPoetry@gmail.com. For the subject line, write: Scary Poem Contest.
SNAIL MAIL: Send the poem, along with your name and phone or email address to: ROMP Scary Poem Contest 6619 S. 4382, Locust Grove OK 74352
DEADLINE for entries: Oct. 15, 2014
Everyone who enters the contest and comes to Dark & Scary night will receive a small (but worthy!) prize.
How will the poem be judged? Here are some of the criteria for a good scary poem:
It reveals its mood and theme through specific detail and imagery: You can see and hear and smell and taste and feel the things described in it.
- If it rhymes, the rhyme is not forced but seems natural and in conjunction with the mood and tone of the poem.
- It is original and surprising in its subject matter: Avoid clichés and tired ideas!
- The title is compelling without giving away too much.
Just for fun, comment below with a scary title or first line you might use . . . or even just a scary poem idea.
You have been warned: You now have plenty of time to compose that poem and send it in! Then mark your calendars for Oct. 25.