I have a couple of questions from the contest for the group:
1. The rules state that the poems have to be 20 lines or less. That limit was somewhat arbitrary. Since then, we have had at least two come through longer than that. In the interest of stimulating involvement, do we want to waive that rule? Or should we stick to the rule we have promoted?
2. My plan is to send the various works to the judges with titles at the top but no names. The judges will then be asked to refer to the written pieces by the title of their work for identification. The only problem there is that almost half of them don't have a title, and I (or someone else) will need to arbitarily choose a title, which may be something the author may not have chosen. What do you think?
Post by Edward Cheever on Mar 18, 2009 17:30:53 GMT -6
1. I think we should waive the rule for the purpose of spreading good word of mouth amongst the students. If some students start complaining that their entries were rejected, future contest entries may take a hit. Conversely, I don't believe we should announce the waiver either. We don't want students thinking they'll be able to get away with it next time.
2. Let's do it like the Literature Anthologies do it and use the first line of the poem.
3. We need to talk about this at the next meeting, but I think we need to set out some really solid ground rules for the future contests (I can't remember just now what my example of a new rule was going to be. I'll try to remember before the next meeting). I'd also like to start advertising the contest in the fall, to give people more time to write, and have the entries due either december or early spring with winners announced in March or April.
P.S. We aught to announce during assembly tomorrow that tomorrow is the final day and that we'll be taking physical hand-ins until 7 after the meeting, and e-mailed submissions until midnight. (or something to that effect).