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2011 Migraine Poetry Contest – You’re Invited to Enter

Migraines permeate most aspects of our lives. They can be isolating, frightening, injurious to our relationships, and beyond frustrating. There have been days when I’ve been at a loss for the words to express the impact of this disease on my life. For those of you who know me, you know I’m seldom at a loss for words, but there are times when words seem inadequate.

Still, it’s helpful to express ourselves about our Migraines or headaches. It’s a way of venting and sharing. Writing about our Migraines can be a great creative outlet, and when shared, can enlighten people who don’t really understand. That’s why I hold the Putting Our Heads Together Migraine Poetry Contest each year.

Whether you’re an experience poet, or you’ve never tried your hand at poetry, you’re invited to enter. One year, our first-place winner won the contest with the very first poem she’d ever written.

Here are some of the contest rules:

  • Subject must be headache or Migraine related, but may be metaphoric or abstract.
  • Form: Rhymed, free-verse, any form of poetry, but not prose.
  • Poetry must be original and written by you. Submission of poetry written by someone else will result in disqualification.
  • All poems must be unpublished work, never before published anywhere.
  • Length: Maximum of 60 lines, no more than 80 characters per line (including spaces and punctuation). Please make special note of the 80 characters per line. This means LINES, not paragraphs.
  • Number of entries: Please limit entries to no more than three poems per person.
  • Age: Poems written by persons under 18 years of age must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian.
  • “Family-friendly” language required. No profanity or other potentially offensive language.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.
  • You do not need to live in the U.S. to enter, but all poems must be written in English.

Entries will be accepted through midnight, March 15, 2011. Winners will be announced Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in observance of National Poetry Month. Contest entries will be judged by patient educator and advocate Nancy Harris Bonk, staff members of the National Headache Foundation, and me. All poems will be published in my personal web site,

Are you ready to learn more or enter the contest? You can do that by going on to the full rules and online submission form.

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