Saturday, April 27, 2013

2013 Migraine & Headache Poetry Contest: Call for Entries

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Spring has finally sprung, we hope, and it's also time to put your creativity into action for the 11th annual Putting Our Heads Together Migraine & Headache Poetry Contest.

Many people find creative pursuits, such as painting, drawing or writing, incredibly therapeutic and helpful in managing life with a Headache Disorder. The 2013 edition of this annual contest is a fantastic opportunity to share an existing love for writing poetry or try it for the first time.

While there are some rules you're asked to follow in drafting and submitting your poetry, you're not required to conform to any particular style of poetry in your writing. Free verse is perfectly welcome, so don't worry if it's been a long time since you studied poetry in high school. Just have fun with it.

Some of the most important rules include:
  • Subject must be Headache or Migraine related, but may be metaphoric or abstract.

  • Form: Rhymed, free-verse or any other 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  • All poems must be unpublished work, never before published anywhere.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).

  • Number of entries: Please limit entries to no more than three poems per person.

  • Age: Open to anyone 13-years-old and older. 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: Midnight, Friday, May 24, 2013. 
Submissions will be judged by members of the American Headache & Migraine Association's board of directors (the new patient organization). Winners will be announced near the beginning of June to coincide with Migraine & Headache Awareness Month, which is held annually each June in the United States.

Learn more about this year's contest and submit your original work by going to this link:

Good luck & most importantly, have fun!

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.