Monday, January 21, 2019

LAFFCON Bagarthach Verse Contest



LAFFCON Bagarthach Verse Contest


“To spew sweet venom on the page
  with tender wit and intonation
  We'll print yer text to all the rage
  and give you naught for reparation”

LAFFCON, the world's only conference dedicated to the life and works of author, R. A. Lafferty, announces the first ever Bagarthach Verse Contest. Submit your own Bagarthach Poem and winners will have their verse published in the LAFFCON4 program booklet next to articles and artwork inspired by this year's main theme, The Reefs of Earth.

The elements of Bagarthach verse are:

1. funny or clever but mean spirited.

2. short, one quatrain.

3. syllabic 8-9-8-9 per line (sometimes all lines are 8 syllables)

4. rhymed a-b-a-b.


All submissions must be original works. No limit to the number of submissions. The verse can be on any topic.

All submissions should be emailed to LAFFCONstaff@gmail.com. Entry deadline is Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Contest entries will be judged by the LAFFCON Planning Committee (who have little expertise with poetry but a great deal of experience with clever but mean-spirited shenanigans).

Winners will be published in the LAFFCON4 Conference Booklet, free to all who attend LAFFCON4 on June 8, 2019, and will later be made available for purchase via Amazon.com. No royalties are payed to contributors. However, each winner will receive a contributor copy of the booklet. Aside from publication in the LAFFCON booklet, all rights to the submission are held by the author.

LAFFCON is a free event open to the public and there is no fee to enter the Bagarthach Verse Contest.