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CONTEST: Sleuth Sonnets
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Anikka
Anikka
Babelfish

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!

http://www.shakespeares-sonnets.com/icomm.htm
http://www.everypoet.com/Archive/poetry/William_Shakespeare/william_shakespeare_contents.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iambic_pentameter


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)

Replies

Anikka
Anikka
Babelfish

Dec-17-2008 12:40

And before I forget, I would like to send out a huge thank you to Ctown, who contributed to the prize pool by pledging the subscription!

ctown28
ctown28
Tireless Tiger

Dec-17-2008 13:38

No need to thank me, I just enjoy reading and sometimes even playing in these things. I wihs I would have found the time to play in this one, perhaps after the holidays I'll go ahead and write one anyhow! ;-)

Congrats to all 3 of you for a job well done!

Cordelia Falco
Cordelia Falco
Battered Shoe

Dec-18-2008 03:28

Huge thanks to Ctown - we'll look forward to seeing your sonnet next year!

Ms Helen
Ms Helen
Con Artist

Dec-18-2008 14:49

Congratulations everyone, nice entries :)

Breitkat
Breitkat
Pinball Amateur

Dec-18-2008 19:50

Fantastic job to all of you!! You all did amazing!! (And yes, I really do wish I could write that well--my record for writing terrible poetry is world-reknowned!! Writing anything, but especially poetry is much, much harder than it looks. ;-)

Thanks also to Ani for hosting this contest!! You've done wonderfully, Amie!! ;-D

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