09 July 2010
A poem by any other name would be just as tweet
Love poetry? Enter your poem.
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Calling all writers, tweeters and texters! RMIT University is giving you the chance to get your poems out to the public during the Melbourne Writers Festival, in the third annual RMIT Mobile Poetry Competition.
The best 140-character poems will be displayed during the festival on the scrolling text tickers at Federation Square, posted on twitter and added to an online anthology, Poetry 4 U.
Poetry lovers can receive the top poems for free on their mobiles throughout the festival (27 August to 5 September) by following RMIT’s poetry-specific twitter account: @RMIT_Poetry.
A panel of writers, performance-based artists and RMIT lecturers will choose the poems that will feature in the online anthology, sponsored by RMIT Union Arts.
More than 270 poems were submitted last year in last year’s competition, which inspired creative efforts such as:
- Morning birds My phone sings With text messages (Lehmann Smith)
- I wouldn’t trade my sadness, for one whole week in Los Angeles, I’d rather stumble my way, into conversation with you. (Dan Rooke)
- Winter runs its icy hand Along the windowpane Light the bonfire, Burn it brightly Summer will return again. (Lori Bowen)
The 2010 entries will also form part of an exciting augmented reality iPhone app, which is currently in development at RMIT.
RMIT Mobile Poetry Competition
Poems: 140 characters or less, including spaces
Submit: Submissions for this year's competition have closed. Follow us through twitter!
Closing date: 5pm, Wednesday 11 August
Winners announced: Thursday 19 August