Knowne World Poetry Competition and Poetry Day at Pennsic

The Kingdom of Atlantia will again sponsor the Knowne World Poetry Competition on Monday, August 3, at Pennsic in conjunction with Poetry Day at Artisan's Row.

Greetings to the Knowne World from Lady Katarzyna Witkowska, the Poeta Atlantiae.

The theme for this year's competition is "Threads of Gold" in honor of the SCA's 50th Anniversary.  Your "threads" may be woven in any manner you choose.  Requirements are as follows:

Poems may be written in any period style or language (translations must be provided).  Documentation is required but may be as little as one page but shall be no more than three (3) pages (bibliographies and portions of period poem examples do not count toward these three pages). Only one entry per person will be accepted.  This is a non-performance competition.  Your written words alone speak for your poetic prowess.  If you are a novice poet (writing for less than one year) please indicate that on your entry.  Entries will be judged on the following:

  • use of period imagery
  • use of period style and convention
  • complexity of the piece
  • written documentation
  • poem's adherence to theme topic (i.e., Threads of Gold)
  • overall judges' impression

You will need to submit 3 copies of the poem and documentation.  Entries that do not have the correct number of copies will be disqualified.  You may submit your piece to me, Lady Katarzyna Witkowska, at A&S display on Sunday or at Artisan's Row before 11:00 a.m. on Monday.  Alternatively, you do not have to be at Pennsic to enter this competition.  You may submit your entry electronically directly to me at  Even if you are attending Pennsic feel free to forward your entry to me beforehand.  Electronic entries may be sent from now through July 5, 2015.

The winner will be announced at 4:00 p.m. at the Poetry tent on Artisan's Row.  Please provide contact information so your prize may be forwarded if you are not present.  There will be a separate prize for novice poets if there are at least two entries.

Please also plan to participate in Poetry Day at Artisan's Row by displaying your works and sharing your expertise and love of Poetry.  Please let me know if you can donate some time so I can allow the proper space for your entry.  If you would like to judge, please let me know.  If you have any questions, please contact me at