SPRING CONTEST: Write a poem, Win a painting


Thank you to everyone who has participated. It looks like I have about 136 poems to read through over the next several days.

I hope you have all enjoyed the process of putting some of your thoughts into poetry. It’s not an easy task! Since the beginning of the contest, I have been picturing in my mind so many people taking the time to sit and mull over these titles and discover where your thoughts carry you. I hope that this very artful, mental and soul-ish exercise has stretched and challenged each of you.

So far, I have seen a wide range of expressions and perspectives in your poems. From thoughts on humor, love, and nature, to suffering, childlikeness and theology. I appreciate all of your brave and vulnerable work. I’m ready to dig in and find my favorite, having no doubt it will be very difficult to narrow it down to just one!

From my heart, thank you each for participating.

We will announce the winner by Wednesday, May 17. The winner will be notified by email, and we will also post the announcement right here on this page!

In the meantime, if you’re inclined, we have now enabled ‘threaded comments’ so that you can add your comments on each other's poems. Let someone know if you appreciate something about their poem. Just click on the little arrow icon in the upper right corner of their post so you can add a public reply to them.



Contest is open to anyone with a U.S. shipping address.

Write and submit an original poem by Wednesday, May 10, 2017 for a chance to win this painting, "Faded Roses" (one of my newest ORIGINAL 8x10" acrylic on canvas paintings):

IMPORTANT: We can only ship the winner's painting to a U.S. address. 

Here's how to enter: Choose one of my poem titles from the first page of WIDEN's table of contents, shown below. Write your own original poem using the same title as mine. No plagiarism. You don't have to be familiar with my poem, just use your imagination based on the title. Enter your poem following the 2-step instructions below.

How will I judge? What am I looking for? Silly? Serious? Love? Nature? Humor? Clever? Amateur? Deep? Rhyme? Literary? There are no set criteria for the winning poem, I will simply choose my favorite from all the entries. Choose your title from this list:

Contest rules summary:

A. You must choose your title from the 'CONTENTS' list photo above.

B. Your poem must be 10-16 lines in length. (At least 10, no more than 16 -- the title is not counted as a line.) Do not include comments or explanations with your poem. Simply the poem.

C. You may enter up to 3 poems, with 3 same or different titles from the list. Only your 3 EARLIEST submissions will be considered. No modifications after you submit your poems.

D. You must complete BOTH steps of the 2-STEP ENTRY process below for each poem, no later than Wednesday, May 10, 2017.


Complete BOTH steps in order to be considered. Enter each poem separately.

STEP 1: Post your entire 10-16 line poem in the "Comments" section below, for all of us to enjoy. Include the title at the top of your post. You may include your name if you wish, or enter anonymously. (CHRISRICE.COM may delete inappropriate comments/poems at their discretion.)

STEP 2: Email the first 4 lines of your poem to custserv@chrisrice.com so we know how to notify the winner! (If for any reason your submission process is not working, please contact Jill at custserv@chrisrice.com so she can process your entry for you.)

Winner will be chosen and notified through email by May 17, 2017.

Jill, from CHRISRICE.COM customer service, will ask for your shipping address (U.S. address only) when she notifies you that you won, so we can ship the painting to you.

Now get creative! Can't wait to read your poems!


(And just in case you're wondering, we promise not to use or share your email address or shipping address after this contest is over, and your poem remains exclusively your own property.)