Deborah P Kolodji (dkolodji) wrote,
Deborah P Kolodji

Blog Cinquain Contest

Over the weekend, I received my contributor's copy of California Quarterly, along with my CSPS member's copy. California Quarterly is a mainstream, literary journal, perfect-bound, 64 pages. My cinquain, "Mourning," is on page 28 of the issue. Unfortunately, the printer changed the format of my cinquain to beginning caps, which displeases me a bit, but I am happy to see this little poem in print. This is the second cinquain that CQ has published of mine.

Since I have an extra copy of the current issue, I've decided to have another little blog contest here to give it away. I thought that some of you who might be considering California Quarterly as a potential market for your poetry, might welcome the chance to see a copy before submitting and here's a free way for you to obtain one.

So, to enter, please post an unpublished cinquain here in the comments of my blog on any topic of your choice before midnight of April 10th. Although I do enjoy cinquain variations and sequences, please submit a single cinquain for this contest. I will pick out the one I like best & send the winner my extra copy of California Quarterly, Volume 32, Number 1.

For hints on cinquains

Cinquains are poems of five lines with a strict syllable count of 2-4-6-8-2 syllables.

Since starting my cinquain journal, Amaze: The Cinquain Journal, I've developed some preferences:

1. Excessive enjambment bothers me, especially lines which end with dangling "the's" or "of's," except in the 4th line. I want the cinquain to feel natural as if it fell into the cinquain form naturally, so that it doesn't feel obvious that the line breaks are determined by the syllables.

2. A connection or resonance between the 1st line and 5th line will give you some extra points.

3. I prefer natural diction, natural punctuation, and natural capitalization (i.e. I'm not crazy about beginning caps on each line).

4. I prefer imagistic treatments as opposed to 22 syllable statements.

5. I enjoy cinquains with a haiku-like cut around the 3rd or 4th line, which juxtaposes one half of the cinquain on the image of the other half.

I hope this helps! Good luck.

I'm looking forward to reading your cinquains. (I'm not going to comment on the blog comment cinquain entries until the contest is over, so thank you in advance for participating.)
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