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Old 07-19-2011, 12:18 AM
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Default Autumn Contest (Poetry) – Picture Inspiration

First of all Congratulation to David Wallace for winning last season’s contest, his work will be featured in the upcoming Writer’s Beat Quarterly, scheduled to be released on the 1st August.

As it is the middle of the summer we thought that a colder theme might be refreshing as such I give you a picture for this coming season contest. Draw what inspiration you will from it, have fun and good luck.

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Members are allowed one entry in the poetry contest. (You are welcome to enter our prose contest as well.) Poetry entries should be submitted as posts to this thread. The competition is open to all members of Writer’s Beat, including staff.

Members are requested to refrain from commenting on entries in this posting thread. Please use the Picture Inspiration comment thread instead. That thread will remain open throughout the posting period and afterwards, and members are encouraged to let entrants know what they thought of their entries.

Word Limits:

Poetry: 40 lines Maximum


Once an entry has been submitted, it cannot be altered. Any work that is edited after it has been entered will be disqualified. If you feel you need to make a small alteration (a misplaced comma, a spelling error), contact a member of staff. If we feel your request is reasonable, we will make the correction on your behalf.

Close Date:

23rd of September 2011, 12 midnight GMT


Winners will be selected by means of a public poll, so you, the members of Writer’s Beat, will choose the winners.

After the closing date, a voting thread will be posted. Voting will commence on the 24th September 2011 and close on the 30th of September 2011, 12 midnight GMT.

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The winning entries will be considered for publication in Writer's Beat Quarterly, subject to the approval of the editors. To increase your chances of getting published (whether you win or not), make sure your document is as error-free as possible!

Also, the member (or tying members) with the most votes will get to suggest the next contest theme!

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If you have any questions about the contest, contact a staff member and we will happily answer them for you. Now sharpen your pencils, fill up your inkwells and get writing. Good Luck!

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Old 08-05-2011, 07:04 AM
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Default Watching As They Hurry By

Bright lights, people hurrying by,
I see them going where?
I don’t know and should I care?

I see them all so uninformed,
alike in detail, all the same
without a care, without a name.

From the lone corner where I sit
amidst the busy, bustling throng,
I know somehow, I don’t belong.

Yet still I stay, and wonder why
beneath the dark and gloomy sky,
I cry, but find my eyes are dry.
Old 08-07-2011, 12:23 PM
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Default MainStreet


This is Mainstreet.
Where energy is high and consumption is king.

This is Mainstreet.
Where some fail to distinguish needs from greeds.

This is Mainstreet.
Where consumerism thrives on ignorance.

This is Mainstreet.
Where desires cloud our judgements; we fail to question where the "stuff" was made or if the conditions were humane.

This is Mainstreet.
Where plenty is not enough.

This is Mainstreet.
Where you need to remind yourself; its not needed to make you happy.
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The High Street

At Christmas full of hearty laughs,
of snowflakes falling and chilling drafts.
The pubs ring with mirth and joy,
the shops packed with festive toys.
The townsfolk cluster every year,
to create a most joyous atmosphere.

By Easter all the crowds are gone,
the High Street's quiet without the throng.
The cakes and pastries sold at Greg's,
become overshadowed by easter eggs.
The children chatter as their teeth turn rotten,
the High Street's quiet but not forgotten.

In Summer all the crowds flood back,
donning vibrant shorts and stylish hats.
Sandals patter on the cobbled street,
whilst whirring fans battle with heat.
Strawberry Ice cream and sensual bliss,
are merged together as young couples kiss.

The High Street is the heart of every town,
it's with them always, through ups and downs.
And when it's people need it most,
it always proves a gracious host.
A community centre full of heart,
it'll be there always, as it has, from the start.
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Fill Our Souls

Step further, then turn.
Approach, step, turn, stop.
Step back, forth, turn on your heel.

"Cologne, sweater, magazine, coffee?"
"Child in tow?"

Swing to the left, swing.
Staircase stuttering, then pause...
and step.
Step, then turn, then pause... and spin.
"Forgot socks!"

Climb, elevate, grab, own.
A dance and a journey
The goal?
To fill our home.

Child's play
Commerce and exchange
The goal?
To fill our soul.

Always to fill our souls.
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Default A Hint of Chill

A light wind travels through the crowded streets below,
As the many passers-by leave their footprints in the snow,
The hint of coming winter reads plain in skies of grey,
And the people breathe their sighs for the summer’s slow decay,
Lamps aglow cut through the fog and light the traveler’s paths,
And here and there you hear their talk and all the children’s laughs,
As the day comes to a close the people wander off,
When they return to their homes the cold will leave their thoughts
"Don't waste your time or time will waste you!"
- Knights of Cydonia by Muse

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