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We know you all are tired of waiting, so we decided there's no reason to continue to torture you anymore (will be the first to admit it was fun). So without further ado, the long awaited writing contest, that was promised ages ago!
 
So you're asking what you need to do?

  • We want you to write lyrics or poems, with no more than 4 stanzas.
  • Let yourself get inspired by EITHER every rose has its thorn(not to be confused with the song) OR something close to the heart.
  • PM your entries to HolidayContradiction with the subject "Writing Contest 2014"
  • UPDATE: one poem/lyric per user! If you submit more than one, you're screwed

Oh, now you're asking what the winner gets? (gosh, aren't you lot demanding)
 
The winner will receive their choice of a shirt from the official Green Day store (valued at $25 or less).
 
DEADLINE Febuary 3rd 2014 at 11:59pm MST
 
Edit: Due to so many entries (which is awesome, so keep sending them!) the team has decided to vote for top 10-15 entries and then let you guys vote for the winner between those. Don't worry, we will post all entries after the voting is over so that you guys can read them all.

The entries will be posted anonymously for voting on February 7th. The winner will be announced the following week on February 14th.
 
Good luck!


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Can we enter something we've already published as a blog entry?
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I would assume the answer is no, since the entries are being shown anonymously.

Also, will the parodies and similar stuff be banned or allowed? I can see a tiny wee potential...issue here. Not that it's necessarily bad. ;)



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hmmn, I can come up with loads of good lyrics, however they only sound good when in a song, written down they seem really weak :( :(



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What does it mean by inspired by every rose has its thorn or the other song? Does it mean that the lyrics to the song we write will be written like it would be sung to the same melody?

Edit : lol I googled something close to your heart thinking it was a song I didn't know but I guess it isn't..

So still a little confused

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What does it mean by inspired by every rose has its thorn or the other song? Does it mean that the lyrics to the song we write will be written like it would be sung to the same melody?

Edit : lol I googled something close to your heart thinking it was a song I didn't know but I guess it isn't..

So still a little confused

It means to be inspired by the line every rose has its thorn or something close to your heart.



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I think it's just confusing because there's a horrible 80s power ballad called Every Rose Has Its Thorn :lol:. But yeah it doesn't have to do with any existing songs, they're two themes to choose from to write lyrics or poetry about.



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IS THIS REAL?!?!? WALLAH

 

edit: lyrics and poems only.

 

 

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This should be fun. 



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This one has a prize! :o Well, it'd be rude not to enter. I'm working on something at the moment but I'm not even sure it'll make it on my portfolio let alone stand a chance at winning a competition... but I'll give it a crack anyway. :P

Making sure of some details first... For lyrics, does four stanzas mean 2 verses, a chorus and a bridge (or something roughly similar), or does it mean four verses tops and the choruses & extra parts don't count?

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I think it's just confusing because there's a horrible 80s power ballad called Every Rose Has Its Thorn :lol:. But yeah it doesn't have to do with any existing songs, they're two themes to choose from to write lyrics or poetry about.

I'd hesitate to call it horrible :mad:


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Can we enter 25 poems?


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I want to participate but what is a stanza?



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I want to participate but what is a stanza?

A thing with words that is grouped together.

 

Just

Like

This

 

And

Like

This

 

But

Also

This



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Look what I just whipped up in a short amount of time :D

 

It's not time to make a change,
Just relax, take it easy.
You're still young, that's your fault,
There's so much you have to know.
Find a girl, settle down,
If you want you can marry.
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy.

I was once like you are now, and I know that it's not easy,
To be calm when you've found something going on.
But take your time, think a lot,
Why, think of everything you've got.
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not.


How can I try to explain, when I do he turns away again.
It's always been the same, same old story.
From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen.
Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away.
I know I have to go.


It's not time to make a change,
Just sit down, take it slowly.
You're still young, that's your fault,
There's so much you have to go through.
Find a girl, settle down,
If you want you can marry.
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy.


All the times that I cried, keeping all the things I knew inside,
It's hard, but it's harder to ignore it.
If they were right, I'd agree, but it's them They know not me.
Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away.
I know I have to go.
 


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Can we enter something we've already published as a blog entry?

nah, the idea is to write something for this competition

 

This one has a prize! :o Well, it'd be rude not to enter. I'm working on something at the moment but I'm not even sure it'll make it on my portfolio let alone stand a chance at winning a competition... but I'll give it a crack anyway. :P

Making sure of some details first... For lyrics, does four stanzas mean 2 verses, a chorus and a bridge (or something roughly similar), or does it mean four verses tops and the choruses & extra parts don't count?

The whole point of limiting it to 4 stanzas was so that each poem/lyric will have equal chance, so yeah that means that bridges and choruses counts as part of the 4 stanzas

 

Can we enter 25 poems?

yes please!



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A thing with words that is grouped together.

 

Just

Like

This

 

And

Like

This

 

But

Also

This

Why

Not

This?



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Why did it have to be inspired by those lyrics? I hope I can come up with something that's not corny.



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Why

Not

This?

That's a question.



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Why did it have to be inspired by those lyrics? I hope I can come up with something that's not corny.

just an alternative to being inspired by a season..



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Why did it have to be inspired by those lyrics? I hope I can come up with something that's not corny.

how about sugar peas


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The whole point of limiting it to 4 stanzas was so that each poem/lyric will have equal chance, so yeah that means that bridges and choruses counts as part of the 4 stanzas


Okay nice one, just checking! :happy:

If we submit more than one, will only one of ours get picked for the voting stage?

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Okay nice one, just checking! :happy:

If we submit more than one, will only one of ours get picked for the voting stage?

ugh you're making me think today. I'd say submit only one, to make it easy for us? :P cause if one person submits 25 poems, like Adam suggested, and another only one, they will have an unfair advantage



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Look what I just whipped up in a short amount of time :D

 

It's not time to make a change,
Just relax, take it easy.
You're still young, that's your fault,
There's so much you have to know.
Find a girl, settle down,
If you want you can marry.
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy.

I was once like you are now, and I know that it's not easy,
To be calm when you've found something going on.
But take your time, think a lot,
Why, think of everything you've got.
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not.


How can I try to explain, when I do he turns away again.
It's always been the same, same old story.
From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen.
Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away.
I know I have to go.


It's not time to make a change,
Just sit down, take it slowly.
You're still young, that's your fault,
There's so much you have to go through.
Find a girl, settle down,
If you want you can marry.
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy.


All the times that I cried, keeping all the things I knew inside,
It's hard, but it's harder to ignore it.
If they were right, I'd agree, but it's them They know not me.
Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away.
I know I have to go.
 

Sadly the last stanza would have to be dropped off as there's a 4 stanza limit on this. Paul would be so unhappy that you're editing his work. 



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I would assume the answer is no, since the entries are being shown anonymously.

Also, will the parodies and similar stuff be banned or allowed? I can see a tiny wee potential...issue here. Not that it's necessarily bad. ;)

Why take away the fun? If it becomes a problem we can ban it for the next writing contest, but for now, just let loose that creativity


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Sadly the last stanza would have to be dropped off as there's a 4 stanza limit on this. Paul would be so unhappy that you're editing his work. 

Paul?

 

Also, count the first one as 1 and a half stanzas, that little gap is just to emphasize a bit of a break :)



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Paul?

 

Also, count the first one as 1 and a half stanzas, that little gap is just to emphasize a bit of a break :)

Oops, thought Cat and wrote Paul.  My bad.

 

Sorry, stanzas are stanzas - can't be combined to "make it work."     Good lyrics, though.  :)



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ugh you're making me think today. I'd say submit only one, to make it easy for us? :P cause if one person submits 25 poems, like Adam suggested, and another only one, they will have an unfair advantage


Haha sorry, there's a t shirt at stake here I wanna get my facts right! :lol:
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Oops, thought Cat and wrote Paul.  My bad.

 

Sorry, stanzas are stanzas - can't be combined to "make it work."     Good lyrics, though.  :)

And here I thought Amanda was gonna be the one to bust me :P



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Haha sorry, there's a t shirt at stake here I wanna get my facts right! :lol:

This. Means. War. :mad:


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