Here are some tips to help you produce better poems. If you are sending The Poetry Zone a poem then we would suggest you write the poem on your computer first, and then paste it into the Send Us Your Poem box.
- 1. Use small letters – not CAPS LOCK!
- Writing your poem in capitals makes it look like you’re shouting.
- 2. Lay your poem out in short lines – one under the other.
- Always start a line as far to the left as possible.
- 3. Begin sentences with a capital letter.
- End them with a full stop. Only use a comma if you think it is definitely needed. Don’t use hundreds of !!!!!!!!!!! Some poets like to begin EVERY new line with a capital letter. That is perfectly okay!
- 4. Check that your poem makes sense.
- We often receive poems with words or whole lines missing and we have to guess what the poet meant to put there.
- 5. Seems obvious but – Check your spelling!
- 6. Re-draft before you send your poem
- Re-read it and see if it can be improved. I am seldom happy with the first thing I write. Sometimes my poems change four or five times before I’m happy with them.
- 7. Keep the poem fairly short.
- There’s nothing wrong with writing long poems – some poems are books in themselves. But poems over twenty lines long may be too long for The Poetry Zone – and may not be chosen.
- 8. Editing.
- When a poet or author sends a poem or story to a publisher – that poem or story will usually be edited. We reserve the right to make minor alterations to your poem. This may be to make a meaning clear, or simply to correct a spelling. We want your poem to be seen at its very, very best!
I hope these tips are useful. Now – go to work on your poem.
And good luck!