Write me a poem...

What are YOU doing today?

Right now I'm eating eggs in my underwear and writing a blog post.

[What? As if you don't write in your underwear now and then...]

But earlier today I was wandering through a museum in Reykjavik, learning about the Viking settlement sagas of this magical land. And there I learned the story of a Viking boy who was so ruthless he killed someone for looking at him the wrong way when he was EIGHT. He was the son of a smith, and was a good [if a bit hot-tempered] smith in his own right, but he had an inclination for trouble.

And for writing.

So after he grew up and was due to be put to death for yet another hot-headed indiscretion -- he wrote a poem about it [the title, roughly translated, was something like The Reprieve] AND THEY LET HIM GO. AND praised his story-telling abilities.

Poetry can save your life, I'm telling you. You heard it here first.

Poetry can also win you $1000 bucks.

Have you entered the contest yet?

You know, I have been overseeing this contest for more than a decade now, and we have NEVER raised the entry fee. We have, however, upped the prize money. So how about if you see if you can win yourself some of it? If you're not a poet, and more into writing a Viking-style saga, the Storyteller's Award is for you. For you folks who dabble only in truthiness, we have a Non-Fiction category. And Writing For Young People has its own reward.

So make like a Viking, will ya? Conquor the world -- or at least our contest -- with your words. Details are HERE.

Have a question? Email me at kcdyer@siwc.ca. Tomorrow I'll be soaking in the Blue Lagoon, which means you can look forward to a very mellow reply.

Now get writing!


kc dyer, Contest Coordinator
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