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poetry in motion through love and devotion.
All poetry should be Biblically
sound and Christian in nature. In addition, in order to qualify for special
contests, poems should be no longer than 36 lines. Winning poems will be
selected by the following criteria:
Originality of expression
Thought content and message
Ability to minister to
You may submit one poem per week on any subject category, as long as it is
a Christian message. You may, in addition to the one per week rule, submit one
poem for each of the contest. Total annual submissions should not exceed 58.
Let us know what category you want your poem published under.
1. Always place the comma (,)
and period (.) inside the closing quotation marks.
INCORRECT: "If you love Me",
said Jesus, "obey My commandments". CORRECT: "If you love Me,"
said Jesus, "obey My commandments."
INCORRECT: The poem's title is "The Blood
of Jesus Washes White as Snow". CORRECT: The poem's title is "The
Blood of Jesus Washes White as Snow."
2. Always place the colon (:)
and semicolon (;) outside the closing quotation marks.
INCORRECT: The following is a list of musicians
who can set to music the poem "Hallelujah, Praise Our God:"
Gene Howard, Gil Davis, and Mike Cataro.
CORRECT: The following is a list of musicians who can set to music the poem
"Hallelujah, Praise Our God": Gene Howard, Gil Davis, and
INCORRECT: Everyone should read John Evan's
poem "Diggin' for Dirt on a Sunday;" it tackles the sin of
CORRECT: Everyone should read John Evan's poem "Diggin' for Dirt on a
Sunday"; it tackles the sin of gossip.
1. It is not necessary to capitalize
the first word in every line of rhymed poetry, but capitalization
can be used whether the word begins a sentence or not.
Even in free verse,
you do not have to capitalize the first word in a line if it does not begin
a sentence, but you may do so if you prefer.
2. Always capitalize the interjection
3. "O" is
not followed by punctuation.
CORRECT: O Lord, I love you.
INCORRECT: O, Lord, I love you.
4. The word oh is capitalized
only when it stands at the beginning of a sentence.
CORRECT: Oh, how I love Jesus!
CORRECT: I love you, Jesus, oh, so much!
INCORRECT: I love you, Jesus, Oh, so much!
5. Capitalize the pronouns that
refer to Deity--PLEASE!
CORRECT: God requires that His children obey
INCORRECT: God requires that his children obey him.
6. Capitalize words and names
referring to the Deity--I Am, Mighty God, Father, Son, Holy Spirit,
Almighty, Creator, Comforter, Lord and Savior, the Arm of the Lord, the Alpha
and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, the Great
Shepherd, the Bread of Life, the Light, the Way, the Truth, the Life, the
Lamb of God, the Lion of Judah . . .
7. Capitalize words referring
to Scripture--the Word of God, the Word, the Book of Life, the Book
of Knowledge, the Bible, Holy Scripture, Holy Bible, the Word of Truth, the
Truth . . .
8.Capitalize religious term--The
Fall, the Crucifixion, the Atonement, the Beatitudes, the Resurrection, and
Usage for IT'S, ITS, AND I
1. It's is a contraction—two
words (it is) which became one.
CORRECT: It's a nice day. (You are saying: It
is a nice day.)
INCORRECT: Its a nice day.
2. Its is a possessive pronoun which
CORRECT: The dog is chasing its tail.
INCORRECT: The dog is chasing it's tail.
3. Always capitalize the pronoun
CORRECT: You and I are one.
INCORRECT: You and i are one.