As 2018 speedily soars our way, poet lovers and poets are making plans for a year of celebrating poetry. Whether it's reading or writing, what do you hope to accomplish this year? If it's reading, perhaps you would like to try reading a new poet, or reading all of the works by your favorite. Maybe you'll buy all books of poetry as gifts for the year!
Christmas is only a few days away and Winter Solstice is tomorrow! It's time to get into the holiday spirit and really enjoy the season together. One way to do this is--you guessed it!--through poetry! Some of the most famous and well-loved poems, like "Twas the Night Before Christmas," are already holiday staples for many people, with beloved copies being lovingly recited year after year. Some may even do so from memory!
For poetry lovers, just enjoying poetry is enough to get us to read and write the stuff, but did you know that there are many different benefits to be had from reading and writing poetry? Not only does reading poetry improve your vocabulary, but it also helps you develop better critical thinking skills. Poetry may help lower your risk of Alzheimer's disease and make you a more empathetic person, too.
If you are a poetry, fiction or essay writer looking for contests to enter, here is a great list of 31 free contests you can enter. Some of them have great prize money while others are more for the recognition, but any of them would be fun to enter and excellent to win!
Poetry lovers should check out the Poetry Nation website. Not only is it a great place where you can enter challenges, share your work and connect with poets all across the globe, but they also have contests where you can win up to $2,000 in cash prizes! The Poetry Nation semi-annual contest offers that plus 100 third-place poems, 20 runners up and a grand prize. It's the perfect opportunity for new poets to get some experience and recognition for their work.