Writing To Win: An exclusive discussion on the beliefs of contests and duels

Writing To Win

If there is anything loved by a poet or writer, it will be having his name printed large and bold on the flag of victory. We all want our names as the gum in-between the jaws of every person.
But if I’m mused to ask?

Do we write to win?, then Affable will thus answer;

  • I don’t write to win but of course one of the reasons I enter competition is because I might be lucky to win, never forget, there must be a winner since it is a contest.
    Mesioye Affable Johnson

Then Ayoola Goodyness should have his view as;

  • A big question! As much as I like to participate in competitions , my sole aim is not about winning, it is first about expression and being heard. As long as my lines are read, I am satisfied.
    Ayoola Goodyness Olanrewaju

Further more, the poetess must say that;

  • Winning a competition is really the last in my mind. I actually write, just for the passion of Poetry!.
  • It is my main aim to get my work into the mainstream, have people opportuned to read it, and be blessed with the message therein!

Not even a single worder will admit the sleepless nights they often have at the anticipation of contest’s results. But even if we understand the concept and reasons for the initiations of literary contests and duels, it’s often imaginary to feel positive and only positive about whatever the outcomes may be.

But being frank, is it not futility to have a poem win a contest even though if fails to satisfy the audience?
For instance, if a poem suits the justification of poetry but some of the readers fail to decipher the context, then of what use is it?

  • If my poem wins a competition but my readers are unable to decode the message then I will feel emotionally unhappy as a writer because I need to let my readers understand me and my message and not to confuse them.
  • But if my poems are crafted to my reader’s *mental grips but still it fails to earn me a medal, then I shall feel the sweet urge to access my works and do more to my poetry.*
    Mensah Atta Francis

If I will rephrase the above, I will encamp it in this simple quote.

  • There is no such award like those I receive from my readers each and everyday
    Micheal Ace

We are often rewarded more than we ever think as regard the mind lifting comments we receive from our readers and those who appreciate the gifts of art. But nevertheless, can we conclude that a piece winning a contest on a justify ground makes it actually the best?

  • All writing is subjective. A judge attempts to say, “This poem is good,” or, “This poem is bad,” but really, they are just choosing based on their own idiosyncratic taste. Winning most times comes down to luck. Or God. Or what the judge ate for lunch that day.
  • What is the writer to do then? Submit your piece, pray it wins, and then go write your next poem (and find a new contest to submit to). Nothing else can be done.
    Joe Bunting

In conclusion, Duels and Contests are important aspects in building poetry, they help with muses as well as the urge that drives them, moreover;

  • The purpose or goal of a poem will influence the direction of poetry, If the goal is a duel, the poem does two things: write for the audience to elect your poem. The second is that in trying to win a duel, you become conscious of the will of the audience. To suade them to your side, you want to write the best to win.
  • In all, poetry wins, the audience benefits.
    Sir Phunsho Oris

So if you are given an opportunity to contest now,
What will push you, is it the urge to win or the depth of the theme that your pen will scrutinize to suit your readers?

  • What actually push me to compete in any poetry contest is not the urge to win at all, but to be counted among the athletes that wants to run the race, for if at the end I eventually lose. Won’t I commit suicide? since my mission is to be the winner.
  • Even if I loose, my joy is that the contest has granted me another opportunity, to creatively explore the depth meaning of the theme given. And at large, my joy is that the contest has added another feather to my wings, i.e the competition has birthed me another prowess and mused-filled new poems”.
    Oki Kehinde Julius

In another view;

  • Don’t forget the word ‘contest’, contest is a competition and a player should be preoccupied with the aim of winning, no matter the mindset with which you play.
  • *So, If I contest, I have the urge to win, and I expect my opponent to have the same urge too, then we may now console ourselves with some other forms of motivation if we do not win. But somebody just has to win! *
    ***Tukur Loba Ridwan***

In Aremu Adams Adebisi’s voice, i say;

  • The depth of a theme explored gives a poet pleasure and the desire to post it for the world to see.
    Aremu Adams Adebisi

And I will say and say again if need arises that **Writing To Win is nothing bad, a contest is a contest, but alongside, a poet should write for the audience and for poetry.

If there are anymore words, then it shall be your comments which will be appreciated

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Micheal Ace
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One thought on “Writing To Win: An exclusive discussion on the beliefs of contests and duels

  1. Brigitte Poirson

    I applaud. The all time winners are all those who dare to unsheathe their pens, to sharpen and refine them during the contests.The true winner is the participating poet.


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