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Welcome To The Unlazy Poets' Contest

This wiki is all about formatted poetry. We aren't all haters of free verse, but seeing as that's everywhere, I thought it would be nice to have one place dedicated to poetic format.
I hope to hold monthly contests here, with a different format specified each month.

See Also:
Unlazy Poets Winners
Unlazy Poets List

124) Who's the best lay? ^^ (Administrator: [Mister Saint])

Number of voters: 2
* a) 1. [Annie] - 415.Miscellaneous.Unlazy Poets.Lay
Number of votes: 0 (0%)

* b) 2. [Eleanor] - 668.Contest entries.Unlazy Poets.May 2008 - Lay
Number of votes: 2 (100%) Voters: [iippo], [RiddleRose]

Competition Rules
1. No plagiarism, of course. That is bad. BAD!
2. One entry per person.
3. The entry must follow the monthly specs or be removed by the judges.
4. Please read Unlazy Poets - Appropriateness and do not submit something too pornographic or graphically violent for teenagers. If the judges believe it is inappropriate, they reserve the right to remove it.
5. Yes, placeholding is allowed, as long as your entry is on the wiki page by the last day of the month.
6. To enter, place your name on the list, and a link to either a separate wiki page or writings page.
6b. To eliminate confusion, make your entry the only piece on that particular page.
7. I need at least 5 accepted entries by the end of the month in order to close the contest for that month. Otherwise, it will carry on into the next month. Which is why it's a good idea to enter a few days before the last day of the month.
8. Contests will be judged by poll. (The judges are only here to make sure a poem follows the format specifications.) And no voting for your own entry.
9. This one's a guideline: it would be really nice if you spread the word about this contest so it could get more active and you'd have someone to compete with.
10. I really hope I didn't forget any rules.

And some advice: Don't worry if your piece gets rejected. It's not the only one! Don't be afraid to try again.

February's Contest: Imitations of Marie de France

So I thought it would be fun to try imitating the style of another poet, and it may as well be one of the influential no-name women of the dark ages, Marie de France.

The challenge is to write Lais in Marie de France's style. We'll use Lanval as a reference. It's the story of King Arthur's knight Lanval, who is, apparently, so virtuous and hotness that he attracts a faerie queen for a lover. Et cetera.

The Lais

Marie de France's Lanval is written with a few important tenets.

First off, the original is written in old French. Translations are not going to do it justice, but good ones keep the stylistic qualities in mind. ^^ Keep that in mind if you read a translation!


The Lay is written:

1. In Iambic TETRAmeter. (my bad). da DUN, da DUN, da DUN, da DUN. For our purposes, you can deviate from it slightly now and again.

2. Primarily in Stanzas of ten lines: eight lines of regular rhyme (ABAB OR AABB for every four lines) followed by a heroic couplet (Two lines, rhyme AA). HOWEVER sometimes the heroic couplet is left out, and the rhyme is approximate.

3. Lays are usually about love and honor and knightly stuff, and tell a story.

For our purposes, short is fine. Lanval is quite long, but we don't have the time for writing things of that length.


Ki Deus ad doné escïence
E de parler bon' eloquence
Ne s'en deit taisir ne celer,
Ainz se deit volunters mustrer.
Quant uns granz biens est mult oïz,
Dunc a primes est il fluriz,
E quant loëz est de plusurs,
Dunc ad espandues ses flurs.

English Example of iambic tetrameter

A frog, who ate a giant fly
a baker put into a pie,
went running for the nearest pond
because he could not find the john


1. [Annie] - 415.Miscellaneous.Unlazy Poets.Lay
2. [Eleanor] - 668.Contest entries.Unlazy Poets.May 2008 - Lay
and more...

[username] - [link to page containing the poem@wiki] OR [link to that page@writings]

Judges (we need more!)

[Mister Saint]! Whee! I found a volunteer!
Often: [Kiddalee]
More Judges at: Unlazy Poets Judges
NOTE that the judges aren't really judging which poems will win the contests, but only whether or not the poem actually follows the format. Contests will be judged by poll!
If you'd like to become a judge, read Unlazy Poets: How To Judge. This new page has brought major changes to the way the judging will be run on this page.


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These marvelous badges were made by the talented [Calann].

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2006-02-09 [Mister Saint]: Rock. Want I should put an ad on Flipside for this? I think some of the members would dig it.

2006-02-11 [Kiddalee]: I was thinking of joining Flipside with it, but had very little time to do anything when I last logged on.

2006-02-11 [Mister Saint]: Mm... din't know if it would work there. It is a group, after all, instead of a contest... *thinks* Meh. I'm sure it'd be okay. ^_^

2006-02-11 [Kiddalee]: Well, I really mean it to be a contest page. I just need people to promise to enter so that I won't be starting an empty contest. I guess I'll rewrite the page to imply what I mean, then. Or maybe I should change some of the standards altogether.

2006-02-11 [Mister Saint]: Well, whatever you decide, get back to me and we'll figure it out. ^^

2006-02-12 [Kiddalee]: Heh.

2006-02-15 [Kiddalee]: YaY! She be nice and prepared!

2006-02-22 [RiddleRose]: but no entries! *is sad* she looks so lonely... T.T

2006-02-23 [Kiddalee]: I've written an ad in the Advertising forum and both the public and private Contests forums.

2006-02-25 [RiddleRose]: yay! perhaps soon... ^.^ *crosses fingers*

2006-04-05 [Grey Wanderer]: Could you maybe put up an example of a Iambic Penatmeter poem?

2006-04-06 [Kiddalee]: That's a good idea. And thanks for taking interest here. Things are moving slowly.

2006-04-07 [RiddleRose]: shakespeare uses iambic pentameter a lot... does that help at all? i'll put it up there...

2006-04-08 [Kiddalee]: That works.

2006-04-08 [RiddleRose]: yay! i love shakespeare... ^_^

2006-04-21 [Kiddalee]: ***sads at the empty contest page*

2006-04-24 [RiddleRose]: *sigh* perhaps someday... *looks wistfully at the entrants section*

2006-04-29 [Sabrina Catherine]: Geez... I'm not the biggest fan of Iambic Pentameters, but I'll give this a shot. ^^

2006-04-29 [Kiddalee]: Yay!

2006-04-29 [Sabrina Catherine]: where are we suppose to post it when we are done?

2006-04-29 [Kiddalee]: Thanks for asking. I'll put up an example for format on the page for you.

2006-04-29 [Sabrina Catherine]: thanks

2006-04-29 [Kiddalee]: There. Does that help?

2006-04-29 [Sabrina Catherine]: yes, thanks ^^

2006-04-29 [Sabrina Catherine]: yayness!! I got my poem written!

2006-04-30 [Kiddalee]: Woots! An entry!!! *happifimicates*

2006-04-30 [Sabrina Catherine]: ^^ I think I did a fair job on it.... it's not one of my greatest.... but I tried.

2006-04-30 [RiddleRose]: ohhhhh! entryyyy! *swoonishness* must go reeeeead... @_@

2006-04-30 [Kiddalee]: XD

2006-04-30 [Sabrina Catherine]: ^^

2006-05-05 [Kiddalee]: I've fixed the appropriateness rules, and I'm finally happy with them. Don't worry, [Sabrina Catherine]. Your poem still fits them.

2006-05-05 [Sabrina Catherine]: Ok, cool ^^

2006-06-30 [Sabrina Catherine]: Wow... I am STILL the only one?

2006-06-30 [Lady of Lore]: I'm hoping to enter its just my poem is coming along slowly ue to the fact that I'm moving and my whole house is covered in boxes :P

2006-06-30 [Sabrina Catherine]: oh

2006-07-03 [Lady of Lore]: lol sorry about the delay, I'll do my best!

2006-07-03 [Kiddalee]: Whee!!!

2006-08-10 [Sabrina Catherine]: geez, there will never be a winner.... lol, we need more time for more poems anyway... XD

2006-08-10 [Kiddalee]: Sorry, [Sabrina Catherine]. I'm not sure how to go about getting more people here. Maybe the name is too subjective, or maybe there just aren't enough people on WC who like formatted poetry enough to enter. Or maybe the content restrictions are too detailed.

2006-08-11 [Sabrina Catherine]: or maybe it's not advertised enough. would I be allowed to announced it in my notice/mood thingy?

2006-08-11 [Kiddalee]: Of course you would!!! Heck, it's on Rule 8, isn't it? Moods can be advertisements for wiki-pages here. That's very relevant.

2006-08-11 [Sabrina Catherine]: How's that?

2006-08-11 [Kiddalee]: Eh? Aww. It's cute.

2006-08-11 [Sabrina Catherine]: cool

2006-08-21 [viperess1]: So each line has 10 beats correct?

2006-08-21 [Sabrina Catherine]: yup

2006-08-21 [viperess1]: Cool, will have to try that one then. Thanks

2006-08-21 [Kiddalee]: Not just 10 beats. They have to be the right kind. Every second beat is more emphasized.

2006-08-22 [viperess1]: Okay will give it a try tonight

2006-08-22 [RiddleRose]: whee! sorry i haven't been around guys, my internet's broken. bleah.

2006-09-02 [Sabrina Catherine]: it's ok. I'm not on often since nothing has been happening on the site and I haven't had much good writing as of late.... but maybe after today.... I can have even more depressing poems to write that makes my family worry.

2006-09-02 [Sabrina Catherine]: so, how is everyone tonight? 12 hours and 50 minutes till I am officially 17 ^^

2006-09-07 [Kiddalee]: I've been doing school move-in business all week. The day you asked that question was move-in day one.

2006-09-11 [Sabrina Catherine]: wait my, how is everyone question, or are you talking to someone else?

2006-09-12 [Kiddalee]: Your how is everyone question.

2006-09-12 [Sabrina Catherine]: oooooh, okies ^^

2006-10-04 [Sabrina Catherine]: *sigh* How long shall we wait for other peoples? If we can't find anyone else, I think we should just end the contest. It would be unfair for me to get anything if there is no one else. v.v

2006-10-04 [Lady of Lore]: I'd love to enter but I'm not sure how to write in iambic pentameter....

2006-10-05 [Kiddalee]: Well, you might be right, [Sabrina Catherine]. I'm not really sure how to wake this page up. Maybe we should count a loss...

2006-10-18 [Sabrina Catherine]: sorry.... maybe I can point some friends to this site and tell them to write stuff....

2006-10-18 [Calann]: I should continue that practicing. Maybe I'd get something done for this as well. :S

2006-10-23 [Kiddalee]: Oh? Now I'm awake. Well, that sounds encouraging.

2006-10-23 [Calann]: 'Should' and 'maybe' being the operative words. ._.

2006-10-24 [Kiddalee]: XD

2006-10-24 [Mister Saint]: Alright, this poor contest is just not getting enough attention. I must throw my hat into the ring, and actually do it this time! ^-^

2006-10-24 [Kiddalee]: ... Oh? Okay, that's encouraging too. Though I wonder if perhaps a different name would make a better impression, as well.

2006-10-24 [Mister Saint]: Well... part of the problem is that WC itself is just kind of inactive. The name's very good, I think, but then, I've been wrong lots of times. Oh! Hm. I think the big words might've scared off most of our poets, though. "Iambic Pentameter" = "Brain cells retreating to skull's bomb shelter" for some people.

2006-10-29 [Sabrina Catherine]: yay I'm not alone anymore!!!! *dances with glee*

2006-10-30 [Mister Saint]: Yaaay! Now if we can just scare up three more suckers... er... poets. ^^

2006-10-30 [Sabrina Catherine]: XDXDXDXD

2006-11-15 [Lady of Lore]: i've been looking into it, I'll try my hand at this....

2006-11-15 [Mister Saint]: Sweet!

2006-11-16 [Sabrina Catherine]: yay ^^

2006-12-02 [Nell]: Yay! Finally I got it in. It took me a week (mostly of procrastinating).

2006-12-02 [Sabrina Catherine]: yay!!! *dances around with glee for hours*

2006-12-02 [Mister Saint]: Whoo hoo!

2006-12-05 [Sabrina Catherine]: Yay! Things are really strating to cook right now! w00t w00t ^^ I'm happy.

2006-12-06 [Kiddalee]: Woots!

2006-12-06 [Sabrina Catherine]: ^^

2006-12-17 [Mister Saint]: O.o Entrant! *explosion!*

2006-12-18 [Kiddalee]: *hoppyclaps* Whees!

2006-12-18 [mousepoet]: What a nice reception. :)

2006-12-19 [Sabrina Catherine]: ^^ WE've just been waiting so long, it's so exciting to see things finally picking up.

2006-12-31 [Mister Saint]: O.o Five!

2006-12-31 [Annie]: i decided to come look one more time and see if i had the guts to attempt a poem with constraints...i didn't realize before that you were doing iambic pentameter..i was afraid it was something harder. :P so i made a last minute decision and wrote a poem today for the contest! it says by the last day of the month...i hope i made it in time!

2007-01-01 [Kiddalee]: Whoot! Yeah, that timing will do.

2007-01-01 [Kiddalee]: Yo, does anybody want to help judge future contests?

2007-01-03 [Annie]: whee this is fun!

2007-01-03 [Sabrina Catherine]: totally =^_^= I have a feeling who will win though XD

2007-01-04 [Annie]: haha, ya me too, but that's not what i meant. i meant that the contest itself is fun! i like trying to write poems that meet these requirements.

2007-01-04 [Sabrina Catherine]: I'm sad to say, I will not be able to participate in this contest.... v.v I am unable to capture a moment like that...... sorry..... TT__TT

2007-01-05 [Annie]: if i can do it, you can too! :)

2007-01-05 [Calann]: I shall try, if I can wake this bugger up. *pokes muse*

2007-01-06 [Sabrina Catherine]: XD I haven't had a good idea in weeks...

2007-01-27 [RiddleRose]: i'm back... won't be on every day, but at least every week. :)

2007-01-31 [Calann]: I hope it's acceptable. ^_^;;;

2007-02-05 [Annie]: i can't wait until the next form! -refreshes a million times-

2007-02-05 [Calann]: *pokes Kidda*

2007-02-08 [Kiddalee]: Sorry, about that, guys. Just had a low in my SAD, there.

2007-02-13 [Sabrina Catherine]: why was number 5 taken off? jooc

2007-02-13 [Calann]: It didn't fit. It has to be poked at. :3

2007-02-13 [Annie]: we didn't make the minimum, so we have to go threaten some people so that we can get to the voting! ;)

2007-02-13 [Sabrina Catherine]: XD it got poked? that's cute =^_^= sorry.... I'm sick...

2007-02-13 [Calann]: I will put it back, have no fear. xD Assuming I'll get it to be suitable.

2007-02-14 [Annie]: arr me matey!

2007-02-14 [Sabrina Catherine]: I thought it was arg...... not arr..... >.< sorry....

2007-02-14 [Annie]: haha i was just making a friendly comment. :)

2007-02-15 [Kiddalee]: It's arr too, isn't it?

2007-02-15 [Annie]: lol...well i'm not really sure. i was thinking more along the lines of mr. krabs from spongebob squarepants, cause he always says "arr". :) and then i added the "me matey" for the sake of pirates. i think there are pirates who also say "arg" though. i usually say "arg" if i'm angry or i just stubbed my toe. haha...analyzing the ar! ;)

2007-02-18 [Calann]: I hope it's better now. <_<

2007-02-24 [aVorbiss]: when is the winner picked?

2007-02-27 [Kiddalee]: There will be a poll at the very end of the month. (Rule 8)

2007-02-27 [Annie]: I think he asked because we (aVorbiss and I) thought that this was still the contest from January...and were waiting for the polling to be up and start on it for this month. :P
But I guess I was confused because I think Calann took her poem out last minute so...then we didn't make the minimum? I'm really not sure...just wanted to let you know so you don't get annoyed w/ avorbiss for something that's somewhat my thought process. :)

2007-02-27 [aVorbiss]: Haha, I saw the rule as Annie said, and yes she's right.

2007-02-28 [Kiddalee]: Yeah, we missed the January deadline. Luckily, there have been more new entries than expected.

2007-03-02 [Annie]: yayyy a new format!!

2007-03-02 [iippo]: Ehh, no links to the entries to vote for :/

2007-03-02 [Mister Saint]: Hmm... I have an idea.

2007-03-06 [Kiddalee]: Sorry about that.

2007-03-06 [Annie]: Whee I finished mine! ^_^

2007-03-07 [Kiddalee]: Wheeness!

2007-03-11 [aVorbiss]: !

2007-03-12 [Kiddalee]: ?

2007-03-25 [RiddleRose]: posties??? bumpy bump bumpity bump! whee! -does a somersault-

2007-03-25 [Sabrina Catherine]: oooh! I didn't know there was a new theme!
*runs to write a new poem*

2007-03-25 [Sabrina Catherine]: mine sucks.... >.>

2007-03-25 [mousepoet]: No, it doesn't!

2007-03-25 [Sabrina Catherine]: does too....

2007-03-25 [mousepoet]: Does not. :)

2007-03-25 [Kiddalee]: You could always edit it, if you hate it that bad.

2007-03-26 [Sabrina Catherine]: no I can't... I can't think of anything better...

2007-03-30 [Mister Saint]: Time's running out! Ladies, gentleman, trans, and otherwise, please belly up to the bar! Or enter!

2007-03-30 [Sabrina Catherine]: "Ladies, gentlemen, trans, and otherwise?" XD nice [Mister Saint]

2007-03-31 [aVorbiss]: should voting have started or am i hallucinating?

2007-03-31 [Calann]: March 31 is not over yet.

2007-03-31 [Mister Saint]: You're hallucinating. 

Last call! Poll's goin' up sometime tomorrow, April 1st! 

2007-04-01 [RiddleRose]: unless of course, that's just a joke... ;)

2007-04-02 [Sabrina Catherine]: How can it be a joke? except for the fact my poem sucks XD

2007-04-02 [Calann]: April Fool's, you see. :3

2007-04-03 [Kiddalee]: Gah! I lost track of time!

2007-04-03 [Mister Saint]: It happens to the best of us, and to me, too, Kidda. If you all want, by the by, I can go ahead and judge next month too so everyone can enter. 

2007-04-04 [Kiddalee]: [RiddleRose] is doing Limericks.

2007-04-04 [Mister Saint]: Kickass. ^_^

2007-04-06 [Calann]: Aiee! Now there's a cruel format. x_x

2007-04-06 [Laika]: YAY limericks! n.n I've always wanted to try them, never got really to it. Maybe now.

2007-04-06 [Jenna Rose]: I did one for school years back... It fought me the whole time e.e But that was a long time ago, when I didn't write poetry or anything, so maybe I can pull it off now.

2007-04-07 [Kiddalee]: Is the meter going to be judged in this round?

2007-04-08 [RiddleRose]: yes, it has to fit the traditional limerick format. usually you can play with it a little bit, but not toooooo much. 

cruel? try fun! a bouncy poetic form for spring! ^-^

2007-04-08 [RiddleRose]: and in case it's not clear from my example, the finished poem should sound like this:

does that help?

2007-04-08 [Calann]: It is cruel, because usually I have no idea about what syllables in English words are emphasised. So getting the metre straight is a right nightmare. :P

2007-04-08 [RiddleRose]: ohhhhh, i get it. i forgot english isn't your first language. XD if you need things checked i am perfectly happy to assist, just send me a message and i'll help out. that goes for anyone btw... ^-^

2007-04-08 [Calann]: Okieday, thanksies. :3

2007-04-09 [Annie]: oh i had no idea it was that specific...the example didn't really tell me that. I thought all that mattered was the rhyme. Maybe that's what "singsong" means? I didn't take that literally. :P I must go back and rewrite mine...

2007-04-09 [Annie]: Ok I think mine fits now.

2007-04-09 [Mister Saint]: Limerick is really tight format. *nods* I'm gonna give this a shot.

2007-04-09 [Annie]: lol, I was wondering why people were saying it was so hard.

2007-04-10 [Kiddalee]: It would be nice if that rhythm thing was on the page "permanently".

2007-04-12 [RiddleRose]: i shall put it there. ^-^ i've been around limericks for so long that i forget that not everyone knows all about them... sorry guys. XD

2007-04-13 [Sabrina Catherine]: I knew mine sucked >.< oh well XD

2007-04-13 [Annie]: Don't take it personally. :P I've had many a time without getting a single vote at this contest.

2007-04-13 [Calann]: I'm actually kind of surprised I got any votes. <_<

2007-04-14 [Sabrina Catherine]: oh well XD I don't care, I hate mine anyway

2007-04-15 [Calann]: By the way... has anyone thought of making a banner or a badge for this contest?

2007-04-15 [RiddleRose]: -hides at the mention of being artsy-

2007-04-16 [Laika]: Now I only have to hope my rhythm isn't too off. D: This is a cruel format, especially for Finns who put the emphasis on the _first_ syllable of a word most of the time. :D That emphasized last syllable of a line is just..lethal. D:

2007-04-16 [Calann]: Word! xP

2007-04-16 [aVorbiss]: hey

2007-04-17 [RiddleRose]: heehee. i just checked yours and it's fine [Laika]. 

[Samael_22] your format is incorrect, please check it with the meter guide and change it appropriately. once again, if you would like advice or assistance please message me, i understand that it is a very tight format, and a bit difficult to follow.

2007-04-19 [Mister Saint]: Hi everyone! I think the acrostic poll has run long enough... so... congratulations [mousepoet]! Everyone surrender your congratulations to [mousepoet] for winning March's Acrostic contest!

2007-04-19 [Calann]: She's getting on a roll. :D Congrats! ^_^

2007-04-19 [Annie]: congrats mousepoet!

2007-04-21 [Eleanor]: I love limericks. Thanks for creating this particular contest.

2007-04-21 [mousepoet]: Thanks guys!

Limericks scare me. :)

2007-04-21 [Calann]: Because I was bored and wanted a badge for this contest, I made one. :P <URL:img/photo/135_1177195762.jpg>
I can make a winner one, too, if this is wanted.

2007-04-22 [Annie]: ooo I like it calann!

2007-04-22 [Eleanor]: Very nice.

2007-04-22 [RiddleRose]: you're welcome!

2007-04-27 [Kiddalee]: [Calann], that badge is beautiful. Sure we'll take it. If you like, could you create a winner badge, too? Just first place is fine.

2007-04-27 [Calann]: Sure. :3

2007-04-28 [RiddleRose]: how about a contest host badge too? for anyone who hosts a contest here to use? yes? no? maybe so?


2007-04-28 [Calann]: I'll see what I can do. ^_^

And we will have an eighth one if that limerick is the last thing I do! xP

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