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Enter the Putting Our Heads Together Migraine & Headache Poetry Contest

What impact have Migraines had on your life? How does this disease make you feel? Our readers have shared some great stories here on, and we’ve had some great discussions on our Facebook page.

Now’s the time to take some of your thoughts about Migraine and do something else with them – turn them into poetry! You’re invited to enter the 2012 Putting Our Heads Together Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest. This is an annual contest I’ve been holding since 2001 to give people with Migraine and other headache disorders a creative outlet and use the poetry to raise public awareness.

Migraine poetry contestYou can enter whether you’re an accomplished poet or have never tried poetry before. In fact, one year, our first place winner had never written a poem before.

Why do we have a poetry contest?

  • Writing can be a great outlet for us. It can be very cathartic.
  • It’s a great way to share how we feel in a creative way.
  • It’s a way of sharing with others in the online Migraine and headache community.
  • The poetry can help raise awareness by expressing Migraine and headache in a different way.
  • Raising awareness can help reduce the stigma of Migraine and other headache disorders.
  • It’s fun!

Contest rules:

Here are some of the rules of the contest:

  • 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  • All poems must be unpublished work, never before published anywhere.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. (This is important. If you’re under 18, be sure your parents or guardian submit your poems for you and include their phone number. I WILL call them before publishing your poems online. If I cannot reach them, I cannot publish your poems.
  • “Family-friendly” language required. No profanity or other potentially offensive language.
  • Deadline: Midnight, Friday, May 4, 2012. Submissions received after this date will be deleted.
  • You do not need to live in the U.S. to enter, but all poems must be written in English.
  • ALL entries must be made via the online submission form. No exceptions.


This year, the Migraine Research Foundation joins me in judging the entries in the contest.


Because the laws governing international contests get quite complicated if there are prizes involved, we don’t award prizes for this contest, but that doesn’t mean there are no rewards. All poetry submitted that meets the entry rules will be published on The winning poem will be printed in Pain Medicine News. Plus, you’ll have the satisfaction of sharing your work, raising awareness, and helping get rid of myths and reduce the stigma associated with Migraine and other headache disorders. Everyone who enters this contest is a “winner!”

I hope you’ll sit down, put your thoughts and feelings into words, and enter the 2012 Putting Our Heads Together Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest. It’s great fun, and each year, the entries are read by a great many people. Let’s show people what it’s really like to live with Migraines and headaches.

For more information and to enter the contest, go to the complete rules and entry form.

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  • Donald Pizzi
    7 years ago

    Pain Medicine News would be interested in reprinting the winning piece.

  • Donald Pizzi
    7 years ago

    Hi Teri, couldn’t find it; shoot me an e-mail at

  • Teri Robert
    7 years ago

    Donald, can you tell me more? My email address is on my profile here at Thanks!

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