1. Published on Amazon? If you have a book, e-book, or audiobook available on Amazon.com, we'll promote it on WritingForums.org for free. Simply add your book to our Member Publications section. Add your book here or read the full announcement.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice
  1. Harlow Jem

    Harlow Jem New Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Likes Received:

    Question: can a work of prose be submitted to a poetry contest?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Harlow Jem, Mar 14, 2008.

    Is prose considered a form of poetry or an altogether different form of writing?
    Can I submit a piece of prose to a poetry contest?
  2. TheOnly13

    TheOnly13 Senior Member

    Aug 10, 2007
    Likes Received:
    Well considering prose and poetry are the only two distinctly general categories in writing... no, you can't. When writing is broken up in the most general way you get poetry and prose. You can break up those two in multiple forms, but as a whole, poetry and prose aren't the same.
  3. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
    Likes Received:
    Massachusetts, USA
    I've moved this to the Writing Issues -> General Writing forum, because it is not a piece to be reviewed.

    In answer to your question, prose is not necessarily clearly distinguishable from poetry. Prose does not necessarily mean fiction or a story, it simply means the writing doesn't distinguish it significantly from ordinary speech.

    You could enter it into a poetry contest, provided it falls within the stated guidelines of the contest. But rest assured, those who judge or vote in the contest will be evaluating it on the basis of poetry, as well ad any other constraints or guidelines stated for the contest.

    Worse yet, you will begin to build a reputation as someoe who doesn't know how to write within directed constraints. That kind of reputation will not help you when you submit other writing.

Share This Page