Have you ever written a poem? Now, before you say, “No, because I’d suck at it,” hear me out: that is exactly the point of this contest. To see who among us can write the worst poem. Yes, I’m going to write one as well, but I will not be entering the competition.
I’m not a big fan of good poetry, or even great poetry. But I do love bad poetry. I love to read it, I love to write it, and a bit of competition will make this even more fun.
Don’t think it will be easy
Timelessly good poetry is nearly impossible to write. That’s why there’s so little of it. But I would argue that timelessly bad poetry is just as difficult to create, or even more so. If you read a collection like Very Bad Poetry, you quickly see that the authors included would be horrified to find their names in the book. They unintentionally wrote some horrors that have withstood the test of time.
For some horrific examples of what is bad, vs. merely mediocre or boring or unskilled, Here’s my review of Very Bad Poetry.
Our challenge, then, is to intentionally create something awful that will stand up against poems that were awful by accident.
Here’s how it’s going to work
- For $1.00, you can enter one bad poem.
- You can submit as many entries as you like, but each will cost $1.00
- You can pay through the paypal button at the end of this post
- I recommend not paying until you’ve written a poem and are ready to submit it
- After paying, please submit your poem through my contact form
- I will accept entries until August 31
- I will spend September narrowing it down to the top 10 worst poems with a panel of objective judges
- I’ll announce the winner, who will win a cash prize
This is where it gets exciting
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