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    Sweek Poetry Contest #SweekPoetsSociety

    April 18, 2018

April 18, 2018

Sweek Poetry Contest #SweekPoetsSociety

Time for the most awaited writing competition! We are thrilled to announce the first Sweek Poetry Awards!

With almost two months of open submissions and an unlimited number of entries per person, we hope to receive a waterfall of poems, ready to reveal your poetic view of the world around you.

 

CONTEST SUMMARY

 

    • Word limit: 10 – 2,000 words
    • You can publish either one poem or a whole collection (if it does not exceed 2,000 words in total)
    • Global 
    • Previously published work is allowed
    • Open topic for poetry only (you poems can be on anything you want)

 

  DURATION

 

Submissions open: 18th of April – 25th of June @23:59 CET

Jury period: 9th of July – 6th of August

Winners announced: 15th of August

 

  PARTICIPATING LANGUAGES

 

English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Polish, Indonesian

 

  PRIZES

 

🏆 Grand prize: $100

🏅 Popularity prize: will get a special badge

🎁 Shortlist (10 titles) will receive feedback from the juries, will be featured on Sweek and be awarded a badge; It will be also published online via Milk Press (*read more in the ‘Partners’ section)

 

JURY MEMBERS AND PARTNERS

 

Partners

The Poetry Society of New York  this is a non-profit that aims to promote poetry by organising various projects and events. PSNY will provide jury members as well as publish the winners online via Milk Press

  

 

Jury Members

Beau  Christopher Taplin – is an internationally recognised author and social media sensation. Following a formative education at Melbourne Rudolf Steiner, Beau found some success as a songwriter before turning his passions to poetry and prose. His works include ‘Worlds Of You’ and ‘Bloom’.

 

 

Tara Skurtu – an American poet and translator based in Romania. She is a two-time U.S. Fulbright grantee and recipient of two Academy of American Poets prizes and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry. Her recent poems appear in Salmagundi, the Kenyon Review, and Poetry Review. Tara is the author of the chapbook Skurtu, Romania and the full poetry collection The Amoeba Game. She teaches creative writing in Bucharest.

 

 

Rachel R. Noall published her first collection of poetry, Play On Words, in December of 2017. She is currently a MA candidate at The University of Denver’s Creative Writing program and is the Editor-in-Chief of an art and literary magazine called From Whispers to Roars.

 

 

Papercrumbs by Erin Van Vuren – Erin is a published writer from Southern California. She is most well known for her world-renowned poetry. Before her success on social media, she worked as a professional speaker and a journalist as a young child. Her life’s mission is to bring hope and inspiration to the world through her art.

 

 

Writings of Vinati – Vinati Bhola is an internationally published poet from India. She’s a lawyer who falls back on poetry to keep up with the monotony of everyday life. Living by the motto ‘be a wildflower, grow wherever your heart beats’, she represented India in the “Dear India” campaign in Dubai and launched her first collection of English poems Udaari, which is an unbridled downpour of love, madness, chaos, and calm. The book is available on Amazon.

 

 

Rashy Dhanyee  – 11-year-old me discovered that writing down my feelings and sometimes making it rhyme can get rid of all the anxiety I had been piling up. Poetry has been the longest love affair I have ever had and till date continues to be my companion through whatever crap life throws at me. Storyteller by profession, so I get to make up stuff for a living. Still trying to figure out life and it’s meaning one poem at a time. 

 

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

 

Step 1: Download the Sweek app or use our website:

Website: https://sweek.com/

Android app: http://bit.ly/SweekforAndroid

iOS app: http://bit.ly/SweekforiOS

Step 2: Create an account or log in.

Step 3: Upload your poem by going to ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’.

Step 4: Publish your poems with the tag #SweekPoetsSociety in the tags section in Story Details.

That’s it! Don’t forget to share your work with friends and family to get more readers!

Video tutorial on how to publish a story on Sweek!

 

  RULES

Read these guidelines carefully before joining this writing competition!

    • You need to be 13 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
    • To participate, the entry must be tagged #SweekPoetsSociety in story details.
    • The poem or pamphlet cannot have more than 2,000 words. If you upload a collection of poems, they will be judged as a whole, not on an individual basis (then each poem should be published as a new chapter). In case you want each poem to be judged separately, please upload each as a new story.
    • Only poems submitted before 25/06 @23:59 CET will be accepted.
    • It is a poetry contest. Prose will be disqualified.
    • Poems do not have to be newly uploaded on Sweek (you can participate with previously published work).
    • The poems do not have to be exclusive, meaning they can be already uploaded somewhere else.
    • Participation in the contest is totally free of charge.
    • The entry has to meet Sweek community guidelines.
    • The submitted work must be created by you. You can also write with a friend if you want to, but in case you win, the prize will be shared.
    • You can participate with multiple entries. There is no limit per person.
    • You can edit your entry until the submission deadline. After the deadline, you can no longer modify anything until the winners announcement (this will lead to disqualification).
    • You can win only one cash prize.
    • Spamming on Sweek or falsification of your followers will lead to disqualification of your story with a prior warning.
    • Sweek reserves a right to disqualify any entry that breaks the community guidelines, contains plagiarised or explicit content.
    • The cash prize will be transferred via Paypal (Sweek bears the transfer costs). If the winner is based in Europe, the cash prize can be arranged via a bank transfer. In case there is no option to create a Paypal account, we can arrange the prize via a gift card or a bank transfer for which the costs are split. We are not responsible for currency conversion rate at the time of transferring the cash prize.
    • Participation in the contest constitutes acceptance of the official rules stated above.
    • The contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.
67 Comments
  • Khanya, April 27, 2018 Reply

    This is a good thing to give poets that have genuine stories to share.

  • Khanya, April 27, 2018 Reply

    This is a good thing to give poets that have genuine creative stories to tell the world

  • Lakshita sharma, May 2, 2018 Reply

    Its gives oppourtunities to the people who partcipate in such competition. And they can easily express their feelings with their poeteries.

  • Aldrin Yumang, May 5, 2018 Reply

    How can I participate?

    • Marta, May 7, 2018 Reply

      Please read the guidelines carefully. You can find all the rules and steps how to take part in the blog post above.

      I'll copy-paste the relevant part for you.

      STEP-BY-STEP GUIDELINES
      Step 1: Download the Sweek app or use our website.
      Step 2: Create an account or log in.
      Step 3: Upload your poem by going to ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’.
      Step 4: Publish your poems with the tag #SweekPoetsSociety in the tags section in Story Details.

  • MOHD ARIF, May 6, 2018 Reply

    Is there freedom to choose our language for poem

    • Marta, May 7, 2018 Reply

      Hi,

      In the post it's written that the contest is global and you can participate in one of the following languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Polish, Indonesian.

  • Nomthandazo, May 6, 2018 Reply

    People of which nationality/from which country are allowed to enter?

    • Marta, May 7, 2018 Reply

      This is an international contest. You can enter no matter where you are from as long as your entry is in one of the following languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Polish, Indonesian.

  • PRAKASH SAHA, May 6, 2018 Reply

    Its a nice website!

  • PRAKASH SAHA, May 6, 2018 Reply

    its a genuine opportunity for everyone!!

  • Neha singh, May 8, 2018 Reply

    Can we write poems in hindi language

    • Marta, May 8, 2018 Reply

      All the participating languages are given above. Unfortunately Hindi is not on the list this time. There was already a poetry contest for India only.

  • pankaj mishra, May 8, 2018 Reply

    I am excited about it. It is a great initiative sweek. Thanks for this literary contest..

  • Nguyen Huong Quynh, May 10, 2018 Reply

    Where its rule and how I can enter this ?

    • Marta, May 11, 2018 Reply

      Everything is written in the post above, including step-by-step guidelines how to upload your work on Sweek.

      For this contest you need to include the #SweekPoetsSociety tag to enter.

  • Bibek king Thakur, May 14, 2018 Reply

    It’s a great work

  • Bibek king Thakur, May 14, 2018 Reply

    Thanks for this competition it’s a great for welfare of creative childrens

  • Bibek king Thakur, May 14, 2018 Reply

    It’s a great opportunity for child

  • Sunidhi Sharma, May 16, 2018 Reply

    Hello
    It's really a great chance to let your pen a dance with rhymes, imagery, alliteration, etc.
    Thank you:)

  • tajneem, May 19, 2018 Reply

    nice idea.....i am looking forward to this

  • Ogunronbi Joke oluwatoyin, May 20, 2018 Reply

    This is a great chance

  • Mahesh Mude, May 21, 2018 Reply

    Read it
    Soon

  • Mahesh Mude, May 21, 2018 Reply

    Thank you so much Readers.
    Pleasure to me

  • Md.Hafijur Rahman, May 24, 2018 Reply

    Wonderful site

  • Md.Hafijur Rahman, May 24, 2018 Reply

    It's wonderful site

  • Aratrika John, May 25, 2018 Reply

    Hey. How would I know if my poems are tagged and are taking part in the competition?

    • Marta, May 25, 2018 Reply

      You can always drop us a message on Facebook with your username and title of the story you want to be checked.

      However, if you just copy a contest tag and it is not misspelled - it will automatically participate in the contest.

      Remember to include it either in the main title of the story, story dashboard or tags section.

  • Annelle, May 25, 2018 Reply

    Goodto be part of it

  • Estel thomas, May 25, 2018 Reply

    please how can i apply?

    • Marta, May 25, 2018 Reply

      Please read the description. All the guidelines are written above. You need to include #SweekPoetsSociety tag to participate.

  • Areprekumor, Clinton, May 25, 2018 Reply

    Hi,
    I do I send my entry?

    • Marta, May 28, 2018 Reply

      Sign up with sweek.com and publish your work with #SweekPoetsSociety. You can find all the details above in the post.

  • Oluwaseun Taiwo, May 27, 2018 Reply

    How can I register?

    • Marta, May 28, 2018 Reply

      You have to go to sweek.com and click 'sign up' button. The guidelines how to participate in the contest are all written above.

  • SHUBHANJAN DAS, May 28, 2018 Reply

    When it is written that " Share your work with friends and family to get more readers", does that also imply that more the poems are read by others, it would have a bearing on the result? or is the award independently judged?

    • Marta, May 29, 2018 Reply

      Hi! Thank you for your interest in our contest!

      The shortlist is selected by our judges (see the list in the post above). This means that all the entries are graded by independent jury members. The final results always have to be approved by Sweek editorial team.

      The part about getting more readers is just about sharing your work to gain more visibility within the platform.

  • Peters Favour, May 29, 2018 Reply

    I am super excited for this opportunity...thank you so much

  • Peters Favour, May 29, 2018 Reply

    This is cool thanks so much

  • Anusha Sridharan, May 31, 2018 Reply

    Totally looking forward to this. I'll make submissions soon.

  • Nomsikelelo Tshetsha, May 31, 2018 Reply

    This is so cool,I wanna enter this competition

  • Faniyi Oluwatomiwa Elijah, June 3, 2018 Reply

    I'm in

  • Faniyi Oluwatomiwa Elijah, June 3, 2018 Reply

    It's a great privilege.

  • mmaauullii, June 8, 2018 Reply

    I wish to participate with an already published poem.
    Should I mention where it has been published before?

    • Marta, June 8, 2018 Reply

      There is no need for that. :)

  • Lawrence Elijah, June 10, 2018 Reply

    Hello!
    will my poems be judged by the number of readers, shares or by the authenticity and the messages it pass.

    • Marta, June 11, 2018 Reply

      Hey,

      Your poems will be judged by the jury members. They will evaluate each entry based on the following criteria: originality, correct use of English, flow, engagement, readability, style, whether it is powerful (message behind each poem) and if your work represents technical excellence.

  • Vinita, June 10, 2018 Reply

    I am from India,can I participate

    • Marta, June 11, 2018 Reply

      Yes, you can participate no matter where you are from as long as you write in one of the languages given above.

  • Alka yadav, June 10, 2018 Reply

    Can I submit only one poem which is not published before.

    • Marta, June 11, 2018 Reply

      Yes, you can publish as many entries as you want, no matter if it's 1 or 10. :)

  • Marjorie Dube, June 12, 2018 Reply

    I.would love.to join the competition

  • Puja Ankitha Ivaturi, June 17, 2018 Reply

    I’m completely a new user of Sweek who absolutely have no followers... It’s not easily possible to attain more readers attention. What should I have to do now ? 😞😞😞

    • Marta, June 18, 2018 Reply

      Welcome to Sweek! :)

      Please interact and engage with other Sweek users on the platform, comment on 'Promote Your Story' for any contest you decide to participate and also visit our Facebook groups - Sweek Fan Group (for all the genres) and Sweek Microfiction Challenge.

  • Adriana, June 18, 2018 Reply

    Will the winner receive a certificate? Thank you :D

    • Marta, June 18, 2018 Reply

      We do not send certificates, only the official e-mails confirming being shortlisted. You might try to request a certificate if your work is selected but at this stage we cannot promise anything.

  • Shafiun Nahar Elma, June 25, 2018 Reply

    I am from Bangladesh..I want to know the deadline of submission of poem.

    • Sweek team, June 26, 2018 Reply

      Hi there, the deadline was 25.06 23:59 Central European Time, as mentioned in the description.

  • Yato, August 1, 2018 Reply

    Hello! I'm confused, sorry, at which date ist the deadline for entering?

    • Yato, August 1, 2018 Reply

      Sorry, I just saw this has already been answered😅

      • the Sweek team, August 1, 2018 Reply

        No worries, thanks for checking! :)


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