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DUP's Official NaPo/GloPoWriMo FAQ & Competition Information

Ahavati
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Greetings and welcome to the Official NaPoWriMo Annual Competition thread Hosted by JohnnyBlaze and myself! Here you will find the FAQ and past DUP NaPo/GloPo Competitions, along with their alternate discussion threads in the speakeasy.  

As this thread is information only, and will be locked for discussion, any questions and/or suggestions/comments need to be posted in the latest NaPo thread here:

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/forum/speakeasy/read/10651/


We’ll see you in 2020, where you will be guided on an exciting venture through . . . to an undisclosed location!  

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Official DUP NaPo/GloProWriMo FAQ

Q) What is NaPoWriMo?

A) The name is an abbreviation for National Poetry Writing Month, which is a challenge for poets to write one poem a day throughout April.

Here, it is referred to as NaPo/GloProWriMo to acknowledge it as a global phenomenon. Registered participants in the Official DUP competition are awarded a special trophy for completing the task of writing 30 poems within April and posting one of these daily.

This variation on the original concept, hosted by Ahavati and JohnnyBlaze, is more flexible in the event of circumstances arising that prevent participants from writing and or sharing their daily progress. Being afforded the luxury of finishing poems ahead of schedule negates the likelihood of falling behind should difficulty arise.

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Q) How does one register for the Official DUP NaPo/GloProWriMo?

A) A thread is posted by either Ahavati or JohnnyBlaze, typically in the Speakeasy Forum, that accepts registrations by members of DUP throughout the entire month of March. You simply post both your physical location and Time Zone lived in along with the words, "I'm in."

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Q) Are there requirements for poetry to qualify as a submission?

A) Yes; the qualifications are as follows:

- 50 Unique Words
- a number corresponding to the day's date
- a title in bold font
- no editing performed after 24 hours of posting
- being copy pasted into the forum as opposed to direct linking
- an attempt at writing poetry

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Q) What qualifies as a "unique word"?

A) Any non repeated word in your poem will count as a unique word. Any repeated word will count as only one unique word. For example, look at the following sentence:

The cat jumped up on the counter to eat thechicken. 

'The' is used three times, but will only count as one unique word. 

Repeated words only count once in terms of being unique, regardless of how many times you use them. You need to have at least 50 unique words in your poem for it to qualify as an entry. 

Just as any other word, contractions count as a unique word as long as they aren't repeated. For example, you can use can't if you have already used can and not in your poem, and it will count as one unique word.

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Q) Why no editing after 24 hours?

A) This rule is meant for you to correct any major flaws in your post such as having forgotten to include the title, poem number, or the minimum 50 unique words necessary to be considered a viable entry.

Otherwise, we don't care if your poems have typos or grammatical errors in them. They do not have to be perfect to qualify. 

This is NOT a competition to see who can write the best poem.

Time stamps in forum posts will expose any attempts to cheat the editing rule. Returning after 24 hours to edit for ANY reason will result in disqualification of that entry. No trophy for you! 

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Q) What are participants allowed to write about?

A) You may write about anything, but keep in mind this is a global competition. Think of yourself as an ambassador not only representing your location, but also DUP as well. We therefore ask you to refrain posting content that is in poor taste and meant to solicit reactions through "shock value" alone.

You may enter poems written for other competitions as long as they meet NaPo guidelines, and vice versa enter your NaPo entries into other comps.

We also provide DUP themed prompts for those that need ideas to write about. These prompt inspired poems are eligible for entry in the NaPo Prompt Comp simultaneously held in April.

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Q) Can I submit prose as an entry?

A) No.

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Q) Can I complete unfinished poems and submit these as entries?

A) No.

You may only rely on ideas that you scribbled into a notebook digital or otherwise and then abandoned, leaving it untouched until April 1st has begun in your Time Zone.

If you returned to the idea at some point in between conception and competition's start to "flesh it out more" or revise it, then that particular idea is ineligible. It is no longer an idea of any length you put into words and is instead a poem you haven't finished.

You could in theory sit down and write an idea so exceptional within 5 minutes or 5 hours that it needs little attention come April 1st.

However, the moment you abandon the scribbling of any idea for another activity more labor intensive than making a ham sandwich or using the bathroom, you are done with it.

Please do not abuse this privilege meant to keep you busy writing something before and throughout the month of April.

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Q) If I have prior commitments in April that will prevent me from writing on certain days, can I still participate?

A) Yes. We only ask that you give us advance notice and upon your return, you post a minimum of two poems per day until you are caught up. You also have to tag each poem with an explanation as to why you are double-posting. For example, I am double-posting today due to an excused absence.

In the event of an emergency in which there is no advance notice, you would follow the same procedure with a more specific excuse such as, Double-posting today due to excused absence - Internet service failure. Regardless of the reason, you must still contact us for an excused absence.

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Q) If I have more than one account at DUP, can I enter it or them into the competition?

A) Yes, as long as each account registers individually and provides 30 poems. Upon completing the challenge, each account would receive its own trophy.

However, anyone discovered to have multiple accounts not proclaimed in each of their profiles and forum signatures per DUP Site Rules will be disqualified.

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Q) Why not just give anyone a trophy who consistently writes on a daily basis all year round?

A) The true reward of the DUP NaPo competition is ending up with 30 rough drafts that otherwise would not exist for most writers. The trophy is only earned by registered participants challenging themselves to write poems of substantial size containing a minimum of 50 unique words not including the title.

There is no judging as far as quality is concerned. There is only monitoring of adherence to a handful of basic rules stated above:

- a number corresponding to the day's date
- a title in bold font
- 50 unique words 
- no editing performed after 24 hours of posting
- being copy pasted into the forum as opposed to direct linking
- an attempt at writing poetry

We simply don't give anyone a trophy who can't be bothered to read and follow a few simple rules or write something more than Haikus, Limericks, American Sentences, etc. While such are popular and valid forms of poetry, they don't require much effort.

Nor is it held against you if your entries contain typos, spelling errors, bad grammar or make little sense to the reader. This is not a competition to write the best poem. We only care that you wrote poems that are yours to continue finessing outside the competition or after it expires May 1st.

Ahavati
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Ahavati
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Ahavati
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Yo ho NaPo'ers! As many of you have noticed, there is a Private Group for DU's Official Team NaPo 2020!  We have and are gathering a kick-ass team to ensure our next NaPo is Spill'n It off the charts!  If you are interested in being on Team NaPo 2020, please message me! We have many of the spots filled already, but always have room for a few more Poetic Ambassadors!

Kick off Campaign March 01, 2020! Yeah, we're starting early; that should tell you something about the early worm.


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