Write a poem to a fictional beloved and get a chance to win copies of Flipside ebooks of romance and love poetry!
The writing of love poetry is a great Valentine tradition—what can be more romantic than the expression of insurmountable passion and the simultaneous attempt to sublimate and rein it in with the constraints of a poem?
The challenge: Write a love poem to your beloved. The catch: the beloved must be a fictional character, and the poem must follow one of the following poetic forms: the SONNET (may be Shakespearean, Petrarchan, Spenserian, or Occitan), the Japanese TANKA (five lines, 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic pattern), or the Filipino TANAGA (four lines, seven syllables each, dual rhyme form).
The prize: We’ll choose a poem from each category. The winners will get a free copy of a romantic ebook of their choice published by Flipside:
Home by Kat Santos – a contemporary romance of the ascended fangirl trope set in Japan
Mabuhay! by Marcial Lichauco and Carlos Quirino – a historical novel set in the Philippines during World War II with a romantic subplot between a mestiza of the local elite and an American soldier.
Voices in the Theater by A.S. Santos – a paranormal romance with overtones of horror
Wander Girl by Tweet Sering – a coming-of-age, travel romance
Woman in a Frame by Raissa Falgui – a young adult historical romance set in 19th century Philippines, just before the “Tagalog Revolution” against the Spanish broke out
100 Love Poems: Philippine poetry since 1905 edited by Gemino Abad and Alfred Yuson
The Sonnets (new illustrated edition) by William Shakespeare
To join, just comment on this post with your poem. Multiple submissions are allowed.
The poems will be judged according to:
Form (50%) – the poems should conform to the formal structure of the sonnet, the tanka, or the tanaga, including lines, rhyme scheme, and even meter.
Content (30%) – avoidance or deliberate appropriation of clichés, must appeal to the beloved’s character (if the beloved is, say, Mr. Darcy, the persona shouldn’t be like Lydia Bennet).
Affect (20%) – once all the poems are in, we’ll invite readers to vote for their favorite poem through our Facebook fanpage.
Deadline: February 25, Monday, 12 nn. We’ll post the poll on the same day. Readers can vote until February 27. We’ll announce the winners on February 28.