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Rock Climbing Poetry Contest - Prizes - Winners Announced at Southern Pacific!

Hey guys

Let's get your poetry on. For a few years I have been climbing and I have come to use a language unique to climbers - An at-times-cryptic, double-entendre, sexy, & hipster lingo. everything from "Climb on, nice, epic, sweet, smear, crack, dike, bomber, jugs, flag, & so on. You get the idea.

So I thought it would be awesome to incorporate some of this lingo into a poetical form. I was thinking of this...write a poem about rock climbing, how it inspires you, how passionate it makes you feel, why you do it and so forth..

So here is what I am thinking. Write a poem. The criteria follows:

*Style can be stream of consciousness, spoken word or slam, lyrics, couplets, rhyming (non rhyming)
*How many words - 500 or less
*Style of climbing - sport, trad, top roping, bouldering, alpine, ice etc
*How many pieces can I submit? 3 total
*Would I get to perform my poetry in front of an audience? Sure

Please email your poetry submissions to: [masked] for review. Michael Dorame will pick the top 20 poems and then circulate amongst pre selected judges from climbing community - maybe a celebrity, film maker, route sitter, nurse, engineer etc

Your submissions will be judged on style, originality, content or storyline, word usage, tone, themes, & passion!

We will announce winners at a GYCO indoor meetup at Mission Cliffs on a Wed TBA. Then after we will head to Southern Pacific Brewery to award prizes and celebrate winners.
1st - $100 REI Gift card
2nd - $50 REI Gift card
3rd $25 REI Gift card

So get your "Roses are Red Violets are Blue" poetry on.

Email me if you have any questions:

Disclaimer: Any poems you submit may be subject to review by others, climbers and non climbers alike; may be used for creative marketing purposes for GYCO; will be the property of GYCO (will send release form outlining this as needed); may be used in a spoken word or poetry readings with or without your participation; or may be reproduced in a published compilation to be discussed at an appropriate time provided author is credited accordingly. This disclaimer can be amended at any time.

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  • Michael D.

    hey guys. I apologize for the mixup tonight. This event is being pushed back and will actually turn into a project where i will need poets so it is no longer a contest. I however will give you an REI card for your troubles. email: [masked] Also, when you email me let me know if you are interested in contributing a piece in an anthology of poetry around rock climbing. Thanks guys :)

    February 28, 2014

  • Maria

    Is Thursday the 31st at midnight the deadline to submit?

    October 3, 2013

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