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Do you love the challenge and creativity of free verse poetry? This contest is for you.
New banner for use in Shadows & Light Poetry Contest. 
"Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance."
~Carl Sandburg

What is free form or free verse poetry? Well, the formal definition is poetry composed of either rhymed or unrhymed lines that have no set fixed metrical pattern. But the exact definition is written by the poet. Free form poetry has become the favored form for new and experienced poets alike. It provides the freedom of creativity, without the structure of traditional poetry.

However, it is deceptive in its simplicity, and can actually be very difficult. Do you have the skill to conquer this form of poetic expression? Have you mastered this art? Or do you just want to see if you are on the right track? This contest will put those skills to the test, and give you valued feedback from qualified judges. The prizes aren't bad either.

2023 Quill Nominee

Signature for those who are nominated for a Quill Award in 2021

Signature for use by anyone nominated for a Quill Award in 2020

Signature for winners of Quill Awards for 2017

Image for use by Honorable Mentions in the 2016 Quill Awards

*FlagR*  Contest begins at 12:00 AM WDC time on the 15th of each month and ends at 11:59 PM on the 14th of the next month.
*FlagR* Any subject and theme is acceptable. This is not a theme or prompt based contest.
*FlagR* Must not exceed a rating of 18+.
*FlagR* Must be 40 lines or fewer. Please give a line count at the bottom of your submission.
*FlagR* Can be old or new items, but must be in your portfolio.
*FlagR* Items with awardicons are accepted.
*FlagR* One entry per poet, per round.
*FlagR* Poems may not be resubmitted in future rounds once they have been judged.
*FlagR* Must be submitted in Bitem or Entry format. { bitem:xxxxxx} or { entry:xxxxxx} If you need help with bitem linking, please see "Newbie Hyperlinking 101 - Bitem Format
*Flagr* Editing is allowed, but judging is done throughout the month so edits may be missed by the judges.

*Flagbl* For a basic free verse definition and examples, see
Shadow Poetry Free Verse  

For quick and easy linking to our contest page, use our item alias {item:shadows}

*Star* 1st Place: 50K Awardicon + S&L II MB
*Star* 2nd Place: 25K Awardicon + S&L MB
*Star* 3rd Place: 10K Awardicon + S&L MB
*Star* Honorable Mention: S&L MB

1st Place wins the new MB ~ Merit Badge in Shadows & Light II
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2nd, 3rd, and HMs win this MB Merit Badge in Shadows and Light
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Congratulations on winning an Honorable Mention in Round 29 of the  [Link To Item #1935693]  for your poem  [Link To Item #2055406]

If there are fewer than 5 entries, only First place will be awarded. If there are fewer than 8, only 1st and 2nd will be awarded. Honorable mentions may be given at the judges discretion. Awards listed above are based on 20 entries or more. If the current round has less than 20 entries upon closing, the awards may be decreased.

Round 132

*IceCream* 1. "Art and Labor by Solace.Bring
*IceCreamB* 2. "Shackled in the Chains of Love "   by Nixie
*IceCreamV* 3. "Wide Eyed"   by MoonChilde
*IceCream* 4. "I wonder if my cats feel stalked. by Brian Looks @ GP Account, Daft
*IceCreamB* 5. "Gripping The Rails"   by intuey
*IceCreamV* 6. "The Bead-Man"   by Kåre Enga in Montana
*IceCream* 7. "Fragments of Recollections"   by Charles
*IceCreamB* 8. "Love Finds A Way"   by The Dark Faery
*IceCreamV* 9. "A Walk in the Rain"   by Detective
*IceCream* 10. "Midnight Sun"   by StephBee
*IceCreamB* 11. "The World of Freeverse"   by innerlight
*IceCreamV* 12. "Mendacious Mediocracy"   by Adherennium Dr of Phoolishness
*IceCream* 13. "Renewal's Blossom"   by Dee
*IceCreamB* 14."Lost in the Mist"   by Kit

Your Judges


Round 131 Winners

1st Place
Since the Stroke  (E)
Missing the man he used to be
#2320114 by Lostwordsmith

2nd Place
February's goodbye  (E)
It dozes in a dream of cave bear and crocus, breathing false mist on mountain meadows...
#1539457 by Kåre Enga in Montana

3rd Place
A Letter from Batman  (ASR)
Poem about a black lab.
#2317657 by ßlueyeʐ 💮

Honorable Mentions

Early Morning In The City  (E)
A pen picture of a city awaking.
#2319813 by Adherennium Dr of Phoolishness

"Scotland in Bloom by Kit

The Forever Battle   (18+)
A woman fights for herself as a malevolent presence attempts to hijack her mind. HM winner
#2318392 by Nixie

Donations of 40K or more will receive an MB. Donations can be made in the forum or at "Shadows and Light Free Verse Group. Donations of gift certificates or raffle tickets are appreciated.

Special thanks to A E Willcox for designing the images for this contest

Thank you to Brenpoet for the ribbon awarded to this contest

A huge thanks to Angels in my Ear who had the original vision for this contest, and who created it for all of us! *Heart**Hug**Heart*

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A Contest for Metrical Rhyming Poetry.
#2055137 by Brenpoet

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