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THE ANNUAL ǀ Extended Until August 2018

The Her Heart Poetry International Micropoetry Prize has been extended to 30 August 2018. THE ANNUAL ǀ 2018 is open to anyone who is passionate about poetry and to and both previously published and unpublished poets. The winner will receive USD$250.00 and three copies of the resulting printed anthology. In addition up to 100 poems will be selected for the anthology, THE ANNUAL, which will be available in digital and hardcopy format from our digital bookstore and on Amazon.com. Information for Entrants The competition opens 10 February 2018 and closes on 30 August 2018. Entries are judged blind. First Prize is USD$250 and inclusion in THE ANNUAL ǀ 2018 anthology.  The winner will receive one digital copy and three hard copies of THE ANNUAL ǀ 2018 anthology in addition to the cash prize. In addition, up to 100 highly commended entries will be included in THE ANNUAL ǀ 2018 anthology and will be published…

THE ANNUAL ǀ Frequently Asked Questions

Is this open to people from [insert country here]? Yes, yes, yes!  This is an International poetry competition and all are welcome to enter.  Payment will be made to the winner via PayPal and copies of the anthology sent via international post, so borders are no barrier to entry. Is there a theme? We have not set a specific theme. We are looking for your best short work poem/micropoem. Works should be written in this spirit. I’ve already posted the poem to my Instagram account, can I still enter it? If you have only posted it to your own Instagram account then we consider this to be ‘unpublished’ and you are able to enter it. However, if it has been reposted or featured by another account (e.g: Words with Queens, Words with Kings, Open Letters That Matter, Illogical Poem World, By Me Poetry, Poetry Hive, Creative Coeterie etc) or had…

THEMES & SUBJECTS ǀ Energy, Emotion, Purpose

by Lucy Ochoa-Petit ǀ @lucy_luisana Poetry has a bad rap. Many people think poems are cheesy, whiney, overly sentimental or only about love. But if you do a bit of reading, you’ll quickly realise that’s not always true. Poetry is powerful. Poems harness the energy, emotion and images evoked by words to communicate strong feelings and messages of hope, love, chage and more. We can inject this power and purpose into our poems by setting a clear subject and a strong theme. A theme is the idea behind a poem; it’s the main point the poet is trying to get across. In some poems, themes are obvious; while in others, themes are implicit so you have to read between the lines to fish them out.  Some common themes are love, death, loss, loneliness, optimism, hopefulness—the list goes on.   On the other hand, the subject of the poem is the topic…

THE ANNUAL ǀ Now Open for 2018

The Her Heart Poetry International Micropoetry Prize is now OPEN. THE ANNUAL ǀ 2018 is open to anyone who is passionate about poetry and to and both previously published and unpublished poets. The winner will receive USD$250.00 and three copies of the resulting printed anthology. In addition up to 100 poems will be selected for the anthology, THE ANNUAL, which will be available in digital and hardcopy format from our digital bookstore and on Amazon.com. Information for Entrants The competition opens 10 February 2018 and closes on 30 August 2018. Entries are judged blind. First Prize is USD$250 and inclusion in THE ANNUAL ǀ 2018 anthology.  The winner will receive one digital copy and three hard copies of THE ANNUAL ǀ 2018 anthology in addition to the cash prize. In addition, up to 100 highly commended entries will be included in THE ANNUAL ǀ 2018 anthology and will be published in digital and hardcopy…

RHYME ǀ Structure, Melody and Beauty

by Lucy Ochoa-Petit ǀ @lucy_luisana Rhyme is a polarising topic in poetry: writers either love it or hate it. Traditional poets argue that only poems that rhyme can be considered real poetry, while some contemporary poets think rhyming is cheesy or “old school”. But using rhyme in poetry can be really fun. You can use rhyme to create repeating patterns that add structure, melody and beauty to your poem. So what exactly is rhyme? Well, it’s a literary device where the final sound of two or more words is repeated. For instance, “lime” rhymes with “time”. There are many types of rhymes, but in this blog post we’ll cover three: 1. End rhymes are rhymes that occur at the end of a poem’s line. 2. Masculine rhymes occur when the last syllable of words match. This type of rhyme only matches one syllable and this syllable is stressed or loud. For…