A Falun Gong march in Washington, DC (Photo)FoFG 2020 Poetry Contest: Adult, College, and High School Awards The Society January 15, 2020 Deconstructing Communism, Human Rights in China, Poetry, Poetry Contests 1 Comment Fight for Freedom. Write for Freedom. A Great Cause, Plus Over $1,200 in Prizes and No Submission Fee. Today, the communist government of China, the world’s largest nation, is attacking the basic freedom of thought and belief that have been a cornerstone of human civilization throughout history. As China’s influence continues to expand to everywhere from the NBA to organ transplantations to hi-tech products in our homes, we must confront the inconvenient, genocidal reality of a regime that is right now forcing its evil agenda on the world. We call on you—poets, writers, fellow human beings—help us expose the especially heinous crimes committed against a peaceful and law-abiding group of Chinese citizens: Falun Gong practitioners. We ask you to read real accounts of persecution and speak out, using the powerful voice of poetry, for those who urgently need their voices to be heard. The Friends of Falun Gong (FoFG) Poetry Contest is an excellent opportunity for those who have never encountered Falun Gong before to research and learn about it, and through poetry, raise awareness among others who have not heard about the persecution of this practice in China. Submissions & Guidelines Submit one or two poems of no more than 50 lines each. Poems must encompass at least one of the following themes: Advocate for Falun Gong practitioner’s fundamental human rights. Expose the crimes against Falun Gong perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party. Express why citizens of the free world should support Falun Gong’s rights Traditional poetry with rhyme and meter is recommended but all styles and forms are welcomed. Poems should be submitted as a Word file (.doc or .docx) or in the email body to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2020, midnight EST. Winners will be announced on May 13, 2020 in honor of World Falun Dafa Day. Poems will be judged by a panel chosen by FoFG, which will include Evan Mantyk, President of the Society of Classical Poets. The poet must indicate if he or she is an undergraduate college student or high school student to be considered for respective awards. There is no Submission Fee. Awards All winners will be published on FoFG’s website. 1st Place winners (adult, college, and youth) will appear in print in the Society of Classical Poets Journal. Adult 1st — $500 2nd — $250 3rd — $100 NOTICE: The High School and College categories of the 2020 Friends of Falun Gong Competition have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in a low number of submissions in these categories. If you did submit or were preparing to, we apologize for the inconvenience and invite you to hold onto your poem and submit next year. This is an annual competition held until the persecution of peaceful Falun Gong practitioners in communist China finally ends. Thank you for your support! LEARN MORE… What is Falun Gong? Learn more about the persecution against Falun Gong. Read accounts of persecution here and more accounts here. Past Winners 2019 2018 2017 Poetry Writing Resources Guides “Freeware Prosody” by Expansive Poetry Online How to Write Classical Poetry by the Society of Classical Poets “How to Write Poetry with Meter” by Dusty Grein “The Hard Edges of a Poem” by Joseph S. Salemi The Prosody Handbook: A Guide to Poetic Form by Robert Beum and Karl Shapiro Writing Metrical Poetry by William Baer Poetry Forms Sonnet Villanelle Haiku Limerick Rondeau Rubaiyat Terza Rima Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) One Response Dr. Ezhill Vendhan February 1, 2020 I happy to know about the http://www.classicalpoets.org stand for up keeping basic human rights and supporting the voice of the people to be heard through poets and writers of the world. My hearty congratulations. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.