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Registration deadline: Closed for 2015!
The 2016 contest will take place April 2016
What is the 2-Day Poem Contest?
This annual contest challenges you to write an original poem in 48 hours — with only one catch. The final poem must include ten words that we provide. This year, the words were released at midnight, Friday April 10th, 2015 CDT (when Friday becomes Saturday), leaving contestants 48 hours to use each of them at least once in an original poetry composition. Prizes include cash, publication, and a copy of the issue featuring the winners, not to mention a whole weekend of wordy entertainment.
The 2015 contest is now over. The 2016 contest will run in April 2016 and registration will open several months in advance.
The time of reckoning is here.
By now, all contestants must have submitted their poems! Now we enter deliberation. The 2015 winners and their winning poems will be posted on the website by July 1, 2015. We will also have the People's Choice shortlist up at that time for you to read and vote on. Thank you so much to all participants for making this weekend so creative, and, if we may be a little sentimental, for making this contest so much fun year after year!
You must use each of these words at least once in the composition of an original poem:
You have 48 hours to complete your poem and submit it to CV2 magazine by email, no later than 12AM (CDT) April 13, 2015.
There is a countdown clock above at the top of this page. Please note that you must refresh the webpage in order to get the accurate time. Another option is to refer to the World Clock Timezone Converter. The contest closes at 12AM CDT on April 13, 2015 (Winnipeg time).
The list of words will be available on our website for the duration of the contest period.
Composing your Poem
- Each word must be used at least once in the body of the final entry. Words may be used in the title, but must also appear in the body of the poem.
- Each word must be spelled exactly as provided. Words provided should not be altered in any way. Tense changes, suffixes, plurals, etc. are not permitted, although caps and lowercase uses are both permitted. Proper nouns are not acceptable.
- Each word must be used in proper context to qualify. If you are unsure what a word means, look the word up in a dictionary. If a word has multiple meanings you may decide which meaning to use. If you use the word more than once in the poem, the meaning of the word does not necessarily have to be the same. We will be using dictionary.com as a reference dictionary as it is accessible to everyone.
- Submitted poems may not exceed 48 lines of text. Stanza breaks DO NOT count as lines, and neither does your title.
- Only one poem may be entered per participant.
- Racist, homophobic or defamatory writing will be disqualified.
Submitting your Poem
- Your completed poem must be submitted by 12 AM (CDT) April 13, 2015. Check the countdown clock at the top of this page (refresh the page to get current time) to see how much time remains for you in your timezone. Once a poem has been received and acknowledged by CV2, revisions to that poem will not be permitted.
- Please note that CV2 cannot be held responsible for misdirected email, server difficulties, or power outages that may occur during the contest period.
- Check out the countdown clock on the website if you're not sure how much time remains for you in your timezone. Note, the countdown clock is up now, and will be running for the duration of the contest. You must now refresh the webpage in order to get the accurate time. The contest closes at 12AM CDT on April 13, 2015 (Winnipeg time).
- We're also on Facebook, and you can find us (and a whole bunch of your fellow players) by joining the event here.
- If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. We'll be online for a few minutes after midnight to make sure everything goes smoothly, and we'll also be online all weekend long (taking only very short breaks to snack and cat nap), and we're more than happy to answer your questions.
Q: Can I hyphenate the word?
A: Yes, hyphenation is allowed, since this use does not alter the word or its definition, only links it to its noun.
Q: When submitting my poem, do I put my name on the submission?
A: No, please do not include your name anywhere on the document that contains your poem. You may name the file with your name and poem title, ex: "JaneSmith-RelishInTheMorning.doc".
Q: If I use the word in the title, does that count?
A: Words can be used in the title, but must also be used in the body of the poem.
Q: Can I capitalize a word and make it a proper noun?
A: Yes, and no. You can capitalize words, but you cannot make the word into a proper noun. For example, "bob" (v.) cannot become Uncle Bob.
"Play & Read" discount - $26. Includes registration plus a 1-year subscription (or extension) to CV2 magazine. You save over 60% off our standard subscription price.
Registration only - $16.
First Prize: $500 plus a one-year subscription and publication in CV2 magazine.
Second Prize: $300 plus a one-year subscription and publication in CV2 magazine.
Third Prize: $150 plus a one-year subscription and publication in CV2 magazine.
Editor’s Choice: one-year subscription and publication in CV2 magazine
Editor’s Dad’s Choice: a one-year subscription and publication in CV2 magazine
People’s Choice: a one-year subscription and publication in CV2 magazine
Winners in all categories will also be published online.
Not sold yet?
Read the winning poems from last year's contest.