Known World Poetic Challenge to Take Place at Pennsic

Olivier de Bayonne, Poeta Atlantiae, will be sponsoring the known World Poetic Challenge at this year's Pennsic War.

Olivier writes:

Greetings from Olivier de Bayonne, Poeta Atlantiae!

First of all, forgive me if you receive this message more than once. Iapologize for any unintended spam as I attempt to send out this announcement.

This year at Pennsic I will be sponsoring the Known Worlde Poetic Challenge, as my predecessors have in years past. The theme for this year is "Your Queen." That's right - I challenge poets across all lands to submit pieces celebrating their queens! Praise Her Majesty in style!

The electronic version of the challenge is available online. Requirements: entries must be in period form (pre-1600). Please limit your pieces to 10 pages (5000 words). Fragments of larger works may be entered, but it must be cohesive and self-sufficient. Documentation required but shall not exceed five (5) pages (but additional pages for bibliographies and attachments of portions of period poems is permissible). Submit 3 copies of the poem and 3 copies of the documentation/attachments (without your name on them) with the registration form (available on the Poeta website in both .doc and .pdf formats) by 11 a.m. on Tuesday 8/16 at A&S point. Entries which do not have the correct number of copies of poems and documentation or fail to maintain anonymity shall be disqualified. However, you do not need to wait until Pennsic to enter - feel free to send me your poem and documentation electronically via the email address at the end of this letter! Only one entry per person, please. Entries will be judged on:

  1. use of period imagery
  2. use of period style and conventions
  3. complexity of the piece
  4. documentation
  5. entertainment value
  6. poem's appropriateness to the theme and voice, and
  7. overall impression.

In the event of a tie the entry with the highest score in its documentation will prevail. A crack team of poetry aficionados has been assembled from across the Known World to assist with judging. There will be a prize for the winner of the Challenge. Please note - this is a composition, not a performance, competition - though a get-together, at which the winner will be announced, will occur on Tuesday night (currently there is a get-together scheduled on Wednesday night but other obligations force me to change it - new location forthcoming).

For more information or clarification (or to send in your entry early!), please contact me at - thank you!

In service,

Olivier de Bayonne
Poeta Atlantiae