Special Announcement ( continued ):
In regards to this year's Classic Championship, the following will be kept in mind when selecting the winners:
The Changing Nature of Guidelines and Adherence To Such
What will also be factored into your chances of winning the next Classic Championship is your consistent adherence to the guidelines. If we have to keep reminding you to add themes or link to a poem that inspired you, that informs us that you are either skimmimg through the guidelines or not reading them ( under the assumption these do not change ) - either way, simply not taking the competitions serious enough.
The guidelines can and do change from one month to the next. Please do not make the mistake of taking it for granted they don't.
Also, beginning with February's competitions, the guidelines will undergo a major change regarding entries and their inspirations:
Only 1 source poem named and linked to in your notes will be accepted, which will allow us to better judge how well you were inspired by that particular poem.
The days of "multi-poem inspired entries" will end with the current January challenges of #LangstonHughes and #LouiseGluck .
Yes, nothing would thrill us more if you read numerous poems by our featured poets! We WANT you to study each writer not only in order to understand and appreciate their contributions, but also to familiarize yourself with their essences we wish for you to emulate in your entries. Then, from those, select individual poems as your inspiration.
Keep in mind that while poems labelled "non entry" are not viable for the trophy ( Ahavati and I each usually contribute at least one each ), these do not require such a strict adherence to the guidelines. We do enjoy non entries and are always delighted to read that you were inspired.