I'd like to apologize in advance for taking so long to get this contest out, but now that I have I should be able to keep up with any upcoming poetry contests. I've gone ahead and simplified the format a bit to make it easier to post these. For these first two weeks it will just be this contest. Once this contest transitions into its voting phase I will upload another poetry contest, and then from there we will continue to always have two poetry contests going at once. The theme for this poetry contest is going to be "Halloween"! The poetry style that this contest will require to be written in will be "freeverse". Freeverse -- "Free verse is an open form of poetry. It does not use consistent meter patterns, rhyme, or any other musical pattern." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_verse You are allowed to interpret this theme anyway you like, but please make sure to include it in some way. Not doing so may result in your entry being disqualified. Entries for this contest must be submitted by 11:59pm/EST (ET) on Saturday, October 22nd. By this point the entry thread should be locked, but if it's not and you submit an entry after the time stated above your poem may be deleted. All entries submitted will be anonymized until voting for this contest ends. Keeping everyone anonymous helps ensure a more fair contest especially when we're voting for the winner. This is something new we're doing. I want to create a poetry book using poems from these poetry contests we do, so if you want to have yours possibly included put two asterisks ** at the top of your poem, and I'll contact you further if you're interested. More information on this can be found here. Thanks to everyone who decides to participate in this contest. And also have a happy Halloween!