Tomes of Infinite Poetry (Neopets' Poetry Gallery) Mar 22, 2008 9:14:27 GMT -5
Post by Clocky: Activity is a Thing on Mar 22, 2008 9:14:27 GMT -5
Since there's a
○ Latest Gallery
○ Submission form and guidelines
Important Rules, Info, and Other Stuff!
"There aren't too many rules for the Poetry Contest, but if you send us a poem and it doesn't get posted with the other current winners, then here are some reasons why it might not have gotten in.
- Copying the poem of anyone else and submitting it as your own is plagiarism, and it's wrong. If you send us another person's poem and attempt to claim it as your own, then there is a strong possibility that your account will be frozen... so DON'T DO IT!!!
- Your poem must include characters, places and events that relate to the Neopets site. If you submit a poem that isn't related to Neopets, your account won't be frozen... just don't expect to see it posted anytime soon.
- No topics such as religion, politics, suicide etc. are allowed to be discussed in the submissions. Please refer to our Terms & Conditions if you're not sure about something.
- Entering the same submission multiple times will NOT increase your chances of being chosen."
— List taken from the submission form and guidelines page (see above).
"Hey, this poem by Poetania Brilliancen is pretty neat. I think I'll modify it a little to make it Neopets-themed, and submit it as my own!"
Nope! Alterations of pre-existing works, Neopets-oriented or otherwise, are not allowed, and will incur penalties to your account. Your work must be your own original content, which means modifications of public domain poems are also out.
"I really like the new Pokémon games, so I'll write a poem about one of my Neopets meeting some of my favorite Pokémon (cough Chandelure cough) and having an adventure together."
As a standalone fan-work, that's awesome, but including non-Neopets intellectual properties (e.g. Pokémon) will result in the poem being rejected. Public domain characters not suitably Neopets-ized (Romeo and Juliet, Baba Yaga…) will also cause disqualification. Even adding characters from other Viacom-owned franchises is a no-go.
Note that the presence on sponsor activities on-site does not mean they can be accepted in creative competitions!
tl;dr only include people, places and things that are within Neopets' canon. (Inventing new instances of the aforementioned is, of course, perfectly fine, so long as they don't violate any other rules.)
"I disagree with [x] happening, so I'm going to make a poem expressing my opinion, cleverly veil everything in a way that makes it relevant to Neopets, and see what happens!"
As has been stated, highly sensitive topics like religion and politics are forbade because they tend to rile people up, and, even when presented in a Neopian context, can incite arguments about real life counterparts very, very easily — as well, since this is the 'net, those arguments can turn nasty at the drop of a pin. Neopets-izing real-world tragedies and natural disasters are equally excluded, and from a purely creative standpoint, can be seen as being in poor taste when not handled carefully.
Darker or more serious topics are far from banned, but keep in mind, everything has its limits!
PAST THEMED GALLERIES
- #1159, Gallery of Heroes and Gallery of Evil (September 11, 2009)
Collaborations are pretty nifty, yo.
- Gallery #968 — "Music for a Tyrannian Victory," concertogreat_8 and wicked_summer
Know of something that would be a good addition to this? Make a post telling us about it!
- www.rhymezone.com — Great for finding rhymes, synonys, antonyms, homophones, and various other types of words! (Submitted by Squiesh.)
- www.reference.com — Another tool, primarily for etymologies, definitions, synonyms, and antonyms. Dictionary section features a word of the day.
- en.wiktionary.org — English etymologies, definitions, synonyms, antonyms, lots of other -nyms, all entirely in wiki format. Features a word of the day.
- www.onelook.com — Very advanced dictionary search engine that indexes over 1000 resources, and utilizes a wide array of metacharacters to filter your search. Features a word of the day.
- Reverse dictionary — have a concept, but don't know if it's available in a ,pre siccomct variety? Try the reverse dictionary!
Just like the Neopian Times, the Poetry Gallery sends you a Neomail alerting you to the final status of your submission. There are three different categories a poem can land in: accepted, held-over, and rejected. Reports tend to come after the gallery itself has updated, so if you were aiming for a theme day, you might know ahead of time whether you won or not.
Rejection will usually include a rough indicator as to why the poem was rejected. It can be a good idea to listen to this feedback, and ask for advice on the forums, if need be!
Rejected: Unfortunately, your poem wasn't chosen as a winner. If it wasn't exclusively for a specific holiday or theme, it may yet win if submitted again. (A word of warning — it's a good idea to give at least a month before entering the same poem again, even if you edit it.)
Accepted: Congratulation, you are winner! Your poem has been accepted, and your prizes (a trophy and item) are on their way.
Held-over: Your poem is being stored for further review. General poems will be compared against each other as candidates for general gallery updates, and those who lose one round may yet be considered for additional ones. Themed poems are usually only held until the gallery is updated for the relevant day. You will only receive further messages on the poem if it is accepted for another gallery — if it's rejected after this point, you won't be informed. Both types can be reentered at a later date. (See the Rejected section above!)
Q: What does "P.G." mean?
A: It's an initialism of "Poetry Gallery."
Q: When should I submit my poem for a themed gallery? How long before is the usual cut-off point?
A: It's a good idea to give at least five days for review, especially for holiday galleries. Entries can be accepted far later than that, but you shouldn't rely on it.
Q: What prizes can I get?
A: You will, by default, receive a trophy for your profile and one item prize (ranging from a Paint Brush to a Codestone) for every accepted poem. For select special galleries (e.g. #900), winners also get unique items otherwise unobtainable.
Q: Can my themed poem get into a non–themed gallery edition if it didn't win the theme one?
A: It's possible, but depending on how blatant your theme was, and if it was rejected, the odds decrease. Don't resubmit your themed poem if you're told it's being held-over after the themed gallery has been posted! Additionally, give a poem at least one month before resubmitting it, if you receive no word on its status.
Q: What's the maximum stanza length?
A: While they don't have a hard limit, the recommendation is 50 characters, so they don't overflow the column poems are shown in.
If you want to be doubly careful, open your preferred writing application (Notepad, WordPad, OpenOffice, Celtx…), switch to a monospace font like Lucida Console or Courier, and copy/paste this template at the top of the document:
Now all you have to do is compare lines and make sure they don't overflow! You can enter the template again as needed, then delete it and the line it's on when you're done.
Advice provided by Lark (larkspurlane). Template by Clockwork (frozenvendetta).
Q: Are collaborations allowed as in other competitions?
A: Yep! In fact, we have an entire section dedicated to listing them, up above!