Annoucing "Wither the Wandel?":

A Poetry Contest for Young Women

Ages 15-21

Contest opens: November 23 at 12:01 a.m. EST
Contest closes: December 4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST

The challenge: write a poem in verse (using formal meter and rhyme) of three to eight stanzas or 12-20 lines exploring the wonders of winter, remembering, of course, that wonder has both positive, magical connotations (as in “That’s Wonderful!) or its negative, violent ones (as in Horatio’s exclamation in Hamlet: “It [the ghost] harrows me with fear and wonder”).

We do wandel everywhere,
Swifter than the moon’s sphere.
And we serve the Fairy Queen.
— Inspired by the bold fairy interlocutor of Robin Goodfellow, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 2 Scene 1.

Our winner will have her poem published on with Wandeling Press blog with an author spotlight and will receive her poem laser etched in a beautiful, hand-varnished 8x10 hardwood plank.

 Our two runners up will their poem published on with Wandeling Press blog with an author introduction.

If you need to brush up on your guidelines for poetic rhythm, meter, and rhyme scheme, check out Purdue University OWL’s review of such riches.


Nota bene: ONLY one poetry entry per contestant. All submissions must be the original, unpublished work of a single female author, ages 15-21.