The Society of Classical Poets is hosting the First-Liners Poetry Contest. Simply choose your favorite first line from another poem or other literature and go off in a completely different direction.
This is free to enter and the winner will receive $100. Only one poem per poet allowed. The judge is Cynthia Erlandson. The deadline is Sunday, July 18 at Midnight EST. Winners announced July 25.
If you aren’t familiar with the Society of Classical Poets, they hope to reestablish poetry as “one of the most widely appreciated forms of literature, communication, and entertainment.” They seek to support poets who apply classical techniques in modern poetry through publication and performance opportunities and awards.
They have their very own literary journal, too!