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Enter the Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest Now

There’s still time to submit your poetry for the 2013 Putting Our Heads Together Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest. Entries will be accepted through midnight Friday, May 24. Contest winners will be announced the first week of June in observance of Migraine and Headache Awareness Month.

This is the 11th annual contest, which is intended to . . .

  • provide a creative outlet of expression for people who have Migraines, cluster headaches, and other headache disorders;
  • enlighten people who do not live with these disorders;
  • raise awareness; and
  • reduce the stigma associated with headache disorders.

Summary of the contest rules:

  • Subject must be headache or Migraine related, but may be metaphoric or abstract.
  • Form: Rhymed, free-verse, most forms 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  • All poems must be unpublished work, never before published anywhere. Once submitted for the contest, they may not be published anywhere else, including on personal blogs, personal web sites, and online forums until after the winners are published and announced in June. Publication of poems elsewhere before our publication of the poems and announcement of the winners will result in disqualification.
  • 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.

All of the poems submitted that meet the contest rules will be published on This year, for the first time, all poems meeting the contest rules will also be published in a Kindle book with 100% of the sales going to the American Headache and Migraine Association.

Even if you’ve never written poetry before, you can give it a shot and enter this contest. We’ve seen some dynamic and inspiring poems from people who were writing poetry for the first time. For more information and a link to the submission form, see the poetry contest information page on You can also find links to read entries from previous years on the main poetry page.

Give it a shot! Who knows? You might come up with the winning poem.

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