Here are the rules:
- Subject must be headache or Migraine related, but may be metaphoric or abstract.
- Form: Rhymed, free-verse, any form of poetry, but not prose.
- Poetry must be original and written by you. Submission of poetry written by someone else will result in disqualification.
- All poems must be unpublished work, never before published anywhere.
- Length: Maximum of 60 lines, no more than 80 characters per line (including spaces and punctuation). Please make special note of the 80 characters per line. This means LINES, not paragraphs.
- Number of entries: Please limit entries to no more than three poems per person.
- Age: Poems written by persons under 18 years of age must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian.
- "Family-friendly" language required. No profanity or other potentially offensive language.
- Deadline: Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Submissions received after this date will be deleted.
- Decisions of the judges are final.
- You do not need to live in the U.S. to enter, but all poems must be written in English.
- Entries must be presented complete with spacing, punctuation and correct spelling. Do not enter in all caps. We cannot retype entries.
- We reserve the right to disqualify, without notification, any entry not complying with these rules.
Entries will be judged by the National Headache Foundation. Visit this link to enter the contest: Create a SharePost for the Poetry Contest.
If you're curious you can read entries from previous years by visiting this link: Putting Our Heads Together Poetry Contest.
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Content by Diana E. Lee.
DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site constitutes medical or legal advice. I am a patient who is engaged and educated and enjoys sharing my experiences and news about migraines, pain and depression. Please consult your own health care providers for advice on your unique situation.