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CONTEST: Sleuth Sonnets
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Nov-6-2008 16:39

Mysteries rock, and Noir is so awesome it became its own genre. Classic. Know what else is classic? That's right, Shakespeare! Classic AND classical - he just can't be beat. Well... unless he had written Noir sonnets!!

The Premise: Here's your chance to beat Shakespeare at his own game. Take one of The Bard's sonnets, strip off all but the last word of each line, then write a new sonnet - a Sleuth sonnet!

The Rules:

* Each entry MUST be completely different from the original sonnet EXCEPT for the final word on each line.
* Each new sonnet must have a Sleuth or a Noir theme.
* You must follow the guidelines for the English Sonnet poetry form (i.e. 14 lines, iambic pentameter, rhyming scheme)
* There are a few cases in which Shakespeare did not follow the standard rules for a sonnet. If the sonnet you have chosen is one of those "irregulars", you must duplicate it (do not 'fix' it!)
* Each entry must have, after the completed new sonnet, the number of the original sonnet and a URL to link to it.
* Entries must be submitted no later than 23:59 server time on December 15, 2008.

The Links:

Here are some links to help with this contest!

Prizes: Yay, prizes!!!

1st place: $100,000 SleuthCash (subbed) or 6 month subscription (unsubbed)
2nd place: $50,000 SleuthCash (subbed) or 3 month subscription (unsubbed)
3rd place: $10,000 SleuthCash (subbed) or 1 month subscription (unsubbed)


Lucky Stiff

Nov-24-2008 18:41

These sonnets take time to percolate, Ani, don't worry ;)

Ima Vagabond
Ima Vagabond
Safety Officer

Dec-3-2008 20:40

Percolation station! Only 12(ish) more days. All aboard!

miss snopes
miss snopes
Special Deliverance

Dec-10-2008 10:53

Only 5 more days! Can't wait to see more. :)

Cordelia Falco
Cordelia Falco
Battered Shoe

Dec-11-2008 08:54

*clutches head and moans faintly*

Safety Officer

Dec-11-2008 15:00

forsooth and verily

Cordelia Falco
Cordelia Falco
Battered Shoe

Dec-14-2008 11:28

OK, here goes nothin'...

Sonnet 91

I walk through shady streets, proud of my skill
At catching those who'd make their way by force,
Those who would turn the good in life to ill,
The murderers who summon Death's pale horse.
To foil their plots and wiles gives me great pleasure.
I thirst for justice, and I'll never rest
Till every villain knows I have his measure
And every would-be rival knows I'm best.
I laugh at danger, it's all sport to me.
I live the life I choose, but at what cost?
A lonely sleuth is all that I can be;
My fame and wealth can be my only boast.
No friends or lovers watch the path I take:
My watchers are the enemies I make.

PS Sorry about the horse. That was a bit tricky...

Safety Officer

Dec-14-2008 15:03

no death's pale horse is good... very Shakespearean :) I like it.

Pinball Amateur

Dec-14-2008 15:30

Looks fantastic!! Wish I could write like that!! ;-D

Clint Forthwright
Clint Forthwright
Old Shoe

Dec-15-2008 18:30

You can if you try. What I'm about to post isn't so good, but I'm trying.

Clint Forthwright
Clint Forthwright
Old Shoe

Dec-15-2008 18:31

Sonnet # 146

Poor soul, the victim of our sinful earth,
[ ] these treacherous acts, in such immense array;
Why dost we pine for justice, and suffer dearth,
Blood painting thy outward walls so costly gay?
Why so large the cost? I have to pay my lease, and
Searching for answers my fading daylights spend.
Greed and rage, we carry in us all, but to this excess,
We eat up thy charge? Thusly, this thy body's end.
Then soul, live thou upon thy client's loss,
But don't let that blemish my store, I tried my best;
Buy clues with bribes in selling hours of dross;
Within be fed, without be employed no more:
So shalt I feed on Death, that feeds on men,
And Death once dead, there's no more paying then.

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