New Nonsense Writing Contest - Prizes Worth Over 30 STEEM - Ends Sun 12 Jan

in hive-138861 •  3 months ago 

What better way to start the year than with a florilegium of nonsense!

You think cryptos are serious business? Well, take a look at some of last year's gaffes and blunders.

In the spirit of serious mischief, I would like to start a series of Nonsense Writing Contests.

The Contests themselves are real, with real prizes but everything else is a hornet's nest of the imagination.

You may submit either poetry or prose, so long as you don't give your readers a stack overflow.

Serious Time

As this is the first Nonsense Writing Contest, I'm going to let it run for 10 days. Just to let the festive cheer wear off and the creative juices flow again in compensation.

Today is Thursday 2 January, so this Nonsense Writing Contest will end on Sunday 12 January.

Future contests could be weekly if there is any strong demand.

I shall post a few times during this period to wake everyone up and to highlight those entries that I found most amusing.

You may submit your entry either as a comment or as a post with the link added to a comment - or both if you wish to cover both bases.

Each person may submit up to two entries per contest.

Any more would strike me as, frankly, a plea for therapy.

If your entry is in grave danger of making sense, then may I suggest investing in a pair of sharp scissors and splicing it up into a concordance; previously unfathomable messages may be found gasping for air. You could use your favourite wordprocessor, but where's the physical fun in that?

Anyway, I'm sure you have your own recipe for insanity.

What have I forgotten?

The Prizes!

Setting prizes imposes such a limitation that it's almost more angst than it's worth. Subtract the time it takes to think of a number and the prize value dwindles to a mere token.

So, my random number generator came up with the number... 6.

Lemme try again.

28!

For any mathematicians, that means "28, exclamation!" and not "28 factorial" - which would be hallucinatory.

These things take time.

Have you ever tried writing a 12-tone jingle?

So, the total prize amount will be 28 MAPR tokens - currently worth some 30 STEEM.

The MAPR fund will soon be celebrating 2 years in existence, so that's my excuse for this largesse.

In my head, as a first iteration, this looks like ten prizes of 2 MAPR tokens plus a couple of winners receiving 4 MAPR tokens extra.

I am at liberty to scramble these numbers or increase them if I so wish.

If nobody submits even a jot, I shall be at liberty to keep the lot.

The Theme

There is no theme.

As the first Nonsense Writing Contest, I am leaving the topic completely open ended.

One potential pitfall strategy is to diffract an existing nonsense poem through our 2020 vision.

Here is an example I just wrote to illustrate the folly wisdom of this method.

There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked style,
He found a crooked coin deep inside a crooked smile;
He bought a crooked fox, who untied a crooked knot,
And they both lived together in a great big crooked yacht.

The boundary between nursery rhymes and nonsense poetry is rather blurred; most children end up sensible and well-rounded adults, so no harm done.

If you do require a prompt - or a whip - then I have just discovered this remote prompter, courtesy of @shadowspub. (Here is the same article but parachuting straight into the Shady Writing community group hive mind meld experience!)

The No-Nonsense Version

Just kidding!

OK, here's a humourless precis.

This Nonsense Writing Contest will run for 10 days.
Starting date is Thursday 2 January, hence the end date is Sunday 12 January.
The nonsense writing may be verse or prose.
A user may submit up to two pieces.
Submissions may be inserted directly into a comment below or published as a post with a comment link.
Prizes shall total at least 28 MAPR tokens, to be distributed during the second week.
I shall post updates and include any notable entries received thus far.

Your work and my opinion are both subjective, so we can both agree on one thing.

Let the Gibber Games begin!

As further inducements to at least spread the word, I shall be giving out a plethora of votes and other tokens to those kind souls who resteem this far and wide. (Subject to the availability of a suitably recent post in which to deliver such gifts.)

I could ramble on, but...

The End.


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[1] Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash, Quote from Notable Quotes, ascribed to Dr Seuss but within a book I was unable to obtain and hence verify.
[2] by June Hanabi from Pixabay
[3] Image from wikimedia


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I can't believe I didn't think of this later! Sometimes explaining things the way they are is insufficient and thus it becomes logical to use illogic to approach the problem. Saying things that arent true is the truest way to reach the truth, arent you? Consider literature, a collection of the wisest lies in space and time, written down, that sometimes rhyme. Whole cloth inventions of boundless tragedy trump reality in a world made mad by depravity.

Unhappiness is what you give an otherwise wise servant who, without convincing might come to conclude that life is better spent lying in a hammock. But an unhappy man cannot lie, unhappy as he is, without first correcting his discontent. And this thus shows exactly how it goes. Instead of hammocks we truthfully lie to our own selves to keep them unhappy, but standing. Unluckily we often stand for nothing in the first place.

Thanks a lot. I started up reading the edits first :-)

Muy bien explicado lo inexplicable. A veces, explicar las cosas tal como son es insuficiente y, por lo tanto, resulta lógico utilizar algo ilógico para abordar el problema. @ecoinstant

Figured I would try not to be serious for a moment.

https://steemit.com/nonsense/@thehive/factual-fiction

Not a no nonsense post.

I love that triple negative.

Camping report
It got a bit intense when the guys in tents disagreed about how tense the guys were. The tense guys in tents thought the guys on the tents were inconsistently tense. But it was a wind up to wind up the wind ropes because the wind never rose.
Later, Hunter shot at the crematorium. The dead were mist.
At night it rained, but by morning Rayne was mourning 'cos he wet the bed. His lower-bunk mate had it worse and said: Urine! You're in urine, Rayne. Reign in your urine rain Rayne.
On our way home we picked some herbs. It was a good Thyme, a great time in good time. Until next time.

Hi, your post has made it to the final cut of the New Nonsense Writing Contest. You have already received some MAPR tokens, but there is one last step: to select the winning two (or three) entries. You are obviously free to vote at Select your Favourites from the New Nonsense Writing Contest - Just 48 Hours to Vote!.
Thanks for your contribution!

A lather of heteronyms!
I find both types of wind disconcerting; whether up or down, they mess up my hair.
;-)

Entry 1:

The Bleeken Nod

When greeber and grib do wiken
A lingleth rabers tothen
Grymbly heires blod
And campers blether fod

Twien blwien and sablers ywien
With costle wraps they gly
Of todle and goth unglibben
Comben and noben bly

Inspired by Lewis Carroll, The Jabberwocky and Shel Silverstein

Fun contest! 🌱

I enjoy the rhythm of the second estrofa quite nicely!

Thank you for your panegyric locutions 🌱

Thanks, that's the spirit!
Will add it to the next post :-)

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Thanks for your contribution!

Some folks have told me that most of what I say is nonsense, so maybe I would do well entering this contest? One should pursue what they are good at I guess.

Glad this contest was shared on PYPT. Should get some pretty good entries.

Step right in!
Maybe "what you're good at" is pursuing you.
Just don't look back.

oh this is defiantly in my stoomkramp. Just let me dust off the collateral and I will tenticulater. This pliosaurs me to no dendrite. Just one quartz, emblematic of the mastodon, I consume each protestant masticates her own miasma? And only the tentpole shivers the whiskey? Thanks in arrears for your prompt revolt.

Hi @carlgnash, we haven't chatted in ages. I've been brewing this potion - let's hope it works ;-)
Revolting, as requested.

Hi, tks for the opportunity

This is my participation to this contest...

https://steemit.com/hive-138861/@darkfemme/nonsense-writing-contest-first-edition-concept-of-the-love

Saw your post on PYPT thanks for sharing!!! 😃. And thanks for your support of the @solairitas project!

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Thanks! Yeah, somewhat like deranged-words, but didn't wish to usurp that name.
A suitably ridiculous contest name will emerge at some point.
Haven't done a contest in a very long time. They used to be regular when the MAP community was still a thing.

Saw this promoted on #PYPT. I think it's a cool contest. !DERANGED

Thanks, look forward to you joining in.
I trust 10 days is just about long enough :-)

Here's a shot... ^_^

There was an old woman who lived in a clutter
She wouldn't throw away stuff, not even in the gutter.
When told to clean up, you'll hear her mutter,
"Why don't ya toast your own bread and add butter."

Thanks, read this yesterday but forgot to leave a comment - sorry.
You also received a trendovote on a latest random post - better than a feeble comment-vote!

😁😁😁

Well, sometimes I'm in another account and see a message, read it, and mentally file under "process later" - then I forget!

Then, later, I remember I've seen it but forget that I forgot to process it.


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  ·  3 months ago (edited)

Awesome idea! I've got this on my calendar now to remind me to write up some nonsense for you by the deadline! Hopefully the others from #pypt do the same!

Great! As this is new, I'll be posting updates every couple of days; also people coming back from their festivities crashing back to work.

Hi there @rycharde

As my New Year resolution and as further inducements to at least spread the word. I've decided participate in this contest and ReSteem this post. :)

Over here my nonsensical post: https://steemit.com/hive-138861/@por500bolos/new-year-s-resolutions-bleh

The nonsense writing may be verse or prose.

Sorry mate, but I'm incapable to write my brilliant 'nonsense' in verse or prose. Too wacko for that sh*t. :)

Cheers!!

Hey, thanks! Read this after I processed the resteems, so left you comments on the post.
Let's see if the infection spreads...

Oh! no doubt the infection will spreads. It's barely the third day of the New Year. Hahahaha

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Thanks for the smile. I need these types of things and hope to read a lot of the entries. Sharing on discords. Humor is very hard and all the best.

Very true :-) To write something that is tight and light and right, takes time.
Then you find the humour is... slight - rewrite.
Thanks for sharing.

Plz follow me i am new user help me

thank you for the shoutout .. I hope to see some of the prompts used for your contest .. very cool
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Thanks, left a comment and upvote!

Here is my friend @inuke entry. He doesn't know I am leaving it here, hope he doesn't mind
https://steemit.com/creativity/@inuke/thinking-out-loud

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Entry 2:

“Hatha hend abounde!”

Inspired by J. R. R. Tolkein and J. K. Rowling 🌱

This one has me flummoxed!
;-)

May have to get in on this :P

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Look forward to it!
Thanks for the vote.

I don't get what's happening

This is my nonsense post

An old cruel man
Being the president
Shame, shame, fie, fie!!
Nation became bent..

He always told
I ain't old
I am decent
I am bold..

Thanks very much. Will add a link to the next post and have upvoted one of your recent articles.

Um dem Nonsens-Gedicht noch einen aufzusetzen:

Aus dem abenteuerlichen Leben von Karl May

...äh ...ergibt sich aber auch aus der Namensnennung in dem folgenden Nonsens-Gedicht:

Aus dem abenteuerlichen Leben von Karl May:

Ein Schuß - ein Schrei
es war Karl May. (Da ist die Stelle mit dem Namen)
Er sprang auf die Kommode
und rang mit dem Tode.
Er sprang ans Fenster und sah Gespenster.
Er zog den Degen
und stach daneben.
Er zog das Messer
das war schon besser.
Er zog den Colt
die Kugel rollt...

Fortsetzung folgt!

Tolle Idee mit dem Nonsens.
#CC

Thanks a lot... for the dilemma - lemme think about it further!

I should have set some language restriction, but I can read it, and it is funny... so just to add to the confusion I could allow any language (though a translation into English would be useful, even if it destroys rhymes and rhythms, as Google translate generates its own special nonsense, especially for non-European languages).

An Probleme mit der Übersetzung habe ich nicht gedacht.
Leider beherrsche ich nur die deutsche Sprache. und bin auf ein Übersetzungsprogramm angewiesen.

Perfect, in the spirit of Dada I shall allow any language!

After thinking it through, if we allow nonsense language then what more meaningful nonsense is there than a language one doesn't understand!

This will henceforth be utter chaos - I can smell it.

Natürlich nicht.
Unsinn wer da Unsinn behauptet!
#CC

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You won!

Das freut mich sehr.
Ich danke Dir.
#CC

Primera vez que participo, espero la escritura sea apropiada para el concurso.
https://steemit.com/colmena-138861/@giocondina/lo-bonito-de-estar-loca-y-andar-suelta

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Hi @rycharde
I love this beginning of your contest and I love being able to be part of this.
I leave my entrance and receive a cordial greeting from Venezuela.
It is still great !!!
https://steemit.com/steem/@mariita52/new-nonsense-writing-contest-prizes-worth-over-30-steem-ends-sun-12-jan-nuevo-concurso-escritura-sin-sentido-premios-valor-de

Thanks very much - read and added to the latest update post :-)

Hi! @rycharde. A fine contest.
I'll bring my entry
Happy year 2020

im going to make some soon for this awesomeness <3

Thank you very much; will add it to the next post later today.

Many thanks - you made it!

I have entered! I hope I'm not too late!

https://steempeak.com/@wwwiebe/a-nonsense-story-untitled

That's fine, thank! Plenty of time.
have resteemed it for you.

Awesome! Thank you!

Cool idea for a contest and lots of hilarious entries!
Here's my attempt, it was harder to do than I thought...

https://steempeak.com/@blueeyes8960/nonsense-writing-contest-are-you-up-to-the-challenge

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so sorry that I didn't get it together to write some nonsense - which I should be good at. But too much real-life nonsense going on in my life right now that writing it down would just cause me to cry, cry, cry. And you know how wet computers don't work so well 😳
The intentions were there - even the will. Just execution was missing 😳

No worries; there seems enough momentum to lurch us into a second episode. There's always time for another pot of tears.
You take care.

@rycharde, I know i am late but i wanted to come up with something. Kindly find my below piece for your reference.

https://steempeak.com/poetry/@chireerocks/the-system-or-or-the-cage-of-reincarnation

Have a wonderful time ahead and stay blessed.

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Thanks, but it would be better to wait for the next contest.
Starts Friday, so you may resubmit then as it will still be live for others to vote. I shall resteem it anyway for you :-)

Then i will resubmit it on Friday. Thank you. 🙂

Thank you for the invitation @rycharde. I will look at your blog for the updated contest. :-)