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Haiku

The haiku is one of the best-known poetic forms and certainly the most famous Eastern poetic form. Taught at a primary level in school, the conventions of its modern incarnation are known even to those who do not write or read much poetry. It is one of the forms Jersey City Writers will accept in […]

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The Ghazal

The ghazal — one of the forms that will be considered in this spring’s Jersey City Writers poetry competition — dates back to seventh-century Arabia. As the form flourished in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Persia (Hafiz and Rumi are two well-known Persian writers of ghazals from this period), it can now be found in many languages, […]

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The Pantoum

The pantoum originated in Malaysia in the fifteenth-century as a short folk poem, typically made up of two rhyming couplets that were recited or sung. However, as the pantoum spread and Western writers altered and adapted the form, the importance of rhyming and brevity diminished. The modern pantoum is a poem of any length, composed […]

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The Sonnet

The word sonnet is derived from a word that means “little song” in Italian. Sonnets were originally inspired by Italian folk songs sung by peasants. The songs consisted of octaves (8 lined stanzas), and Giacomo da Lentino, who is credited with the sonnet’s invention, added 6 more lines to the octave to make the sonnet, […]

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The Limerick

A limerick is a humorous poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth lines only have to have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm. […]

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Poets! Let’s Get in Formation!

This spring, Jersey City Writers is focusing on poetic forms for our genre night Formation which will be held on April 26th at Barrow Mansion in Jersey City, NJ. Writing in form sometimes intimidates poets, both beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Yet form can often wrench unexpected ingenuity from us. Here’s a quotation on writing […]

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Superheroes & Supervillains: A Night of Dynamic Dare-do-well and Dastardly Deeds

Jersey City Writers (JCW) seeks stories that are more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound…unless you are one lab accident away from world domination. That’s super too! Whether it’s tales of humble heroics or terrible tasks, JCW is looking for original pieces of short fiction, stand-alone excerpts […]

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Steamy Summer Nights: An Erotic FanFiction Reading — Call for Submission

JCW is accepting submissions for our next literary reading of romantic fanfiction stories with an erotic twist. Make it sexy, make it romantic, make it steamy or sweet. Flash fiction, poetry, monologues, dialogue-only scripts, lyrics, and epistolary fiction all welcome, as long as it involves your favorite couple (or more!) from a television show, film, […]

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BLACKOUT! A NIGHT OF MEMOIRS — Call for submissions

JCW is seeking nonfiction with an intoxicating twist. True tales of terrible tequila, regrettable rum and wicked wine are welcome. We are looking for memoirs, essays or any nonfiction piece saturated in saki or drowning in drambuie. Think of your first sip of dad’s PBR, your worst hangover ever, or your journey with the Twelve […]

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Poetry Mad Libs, Reading and Open Call for Work

Did you love Mad Libs as a kid? If so, you may enjoy filling in the blanks in the poem Lucy Mad Lib, by Claudia Cortese, a Jersey poet whose work will be featured at an upcoming Jersey City Writers Poetry Reading. The poetry reading will be held on Wednesday, April 13, at 7:00 pm ($10 […]

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