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weathervane says...


Hey party people! If you haven't already noticed, April is on the horizon. You know what that means! It's time for April Madness once again! April Madness is a staple of the community, and everyone is welcome to join in on the fun.

What even is April Madness anyway?
A competition held to determine who the best poet of the year is! Everyone participating submits a poem each round to compete against each other. It's truly an age-old tradition, and it's an exciting one at that!

Sign-ups are open until April 4th!
Leave a message below in order to sign up! Groupings will be announced April 5th.

The Competitors
1. @LadySpark
2. @ForeverYoung299
3. @Willard
4. @SilverNight
5. @Apricity
6. @DreamyAlice
7. @rida
8. @Ventomology
9. @Seirre
10. @Euphory
11. @niteowl
12. @rubyxbanks
13. @looseleaf
14. @EsmerayaRose
15. @Rook
16. @yosh
17. @yamatri
18. @starshipgirl

The Judges
If you'd like to help judge, feel free to PM me! Our current judges are: Seirre, Meshugenah, Plume, LizzyTyler, EsmerayaRose, Willard

The Rules
1. Submissions must be written in April
2. No set genre or length.
3. Poetry must be submitted in this thread by the deadline of each round. Please indicate that you've edited your submission if you have done so. If something comes up and you can't turn in your submission, please let me know!
4. Poetry may only be reused for the final round.

What will the contest look like?
This is a bracket-formed competition! Brackets from the previous years can be viewed here and here. This year's bracket will be formatted the same way, and I will have the link posted when the groupings are set up.

Last year's April Madness can be found here.

When are the rounds?
Round One
The groupings will be announced on April 5th. After that, the submissions for the first round must be posted by . The results will be announced on April 12th, as well as the new pairings.

Round Two
Poems must be submitted by . New pairings and results will be announced on April 19th. There will also be a redemption bracket for poets who lost the first round, and they will go by the same rules.

Round Three
The winners of the redemption bracket will be grouped in with the pairings for round three. Poetry must be submitted by . The results and the finalists will be announced by April 26th.

Round Four
The last two poets standing will compete against each other. They must submit their poetry by . The winner will be announced by May 3rd.

Something different is happening this year. For the first time ever, the April Madness finalists will be awarded actual prizes! And they’ll win bragging rights, of course.

First Place: Choice of anything from the YWS Store, or $25 Amazon gift certificate.
Second Place: Choice of drinking glass, mousepad, mug, or notebook from YWS Store, or $15 Amazon gift certificate.
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Tue Mar 21, 2023 9:08 pm
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LadySpark says...

Me me me me!!!
hush, my sweet
these tornadoes are for you

-Richard Siken

Formerly SparkToFlame

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Lucrezia says...

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ForeverYoung299 says...

Count me in!

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Wed Mar 22, 2023 3:10 am
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Willard says...


"Words say little to the mind compared to space thundering with images and crammed with sounds."

stranger, strangelove, drstrangelove, strange, willard

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Wed Mar 22, 2023 5:35 am
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SilverNight says...

I’d love to participate!
"silv is obsessed with heists" ~Omni

"silv why didn't you tell me you were obsessed with heists I thought we were friends" ~Ace

"y’all we outnumber silver let’s overthrow her >:]" ~winter

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Wed Mar 22, 2023 6:46 am
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Apricity says...

Previously Flite

'And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.' ― Friedrich Nietzsche

~Open for business~

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Wed Mar 22, 2023 8:01 am
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DreamyAlice says...

I am not that confident reagarding my poems, but that doesn't stop me from participating!! I would love to participate!
Imagination is a superpower. Use it well!

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Wed Mar 22, 2023 10:00 am
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rida says...

I’d love to participate!

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Wed Mar 22, 2023 4:16 pm
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Ventomology says...

It's here!!! Put me in coach
"I've got dreams like you--no really!--just much less, touchy-feeley.
They mainly happen somewhere warm and sunny
on an island that I own, tanned and rested and alone
surrounded by enormous piles of money." -Flynn Rider, Tangled

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Wed Mar 22, 2023 4:41 pm
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Hijinks says...

Sign me up please! :)
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Wed Mar 22, 2023 11:12 pm
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Euphory says...

Viola Tricolor also known as wild pansy, Johnny Jump up, heartsease, heart's ease, heart's delight, tickle-my-fancy, Jack-jump-up-and-kiss-me, come-and-cuddle-me, three faces in a hood, love-in-idleness, and pink of my john-

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niteowl says...

Count me in.
"You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand." Leonardo Da Vinci


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Thu Mar 23, 2023 11:19 pm
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rubyxbanks says...

This looks so fun! I'd love to participate

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