Putting Our Heads Together 2011 Migraine Poetry Contest Now Open

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The 2011 Putting Our Heads Together Poetry Contest Is Accepting Entries Now Through March 15, 2011.

Anyone impacted by Migraine or another headache disorder is welcome to enter, whether they’re an experienced poet or a first-timer. The purpose is to express ourselves, support each other, and enlighten the public.

Entries are now being accepted for the 2011 Putting Our Heads Together Migraine Poetry Contest and will be accepted through March 15. Now in its eight year, the contest presents an opportunity for those who have Migraine disease or another headache disorder, as well as people who care about them, to express themselves through poetry.

Winners will be announced Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in observance of National Poetry Month.

The rules for the contest include:

  •     Subject must be headache or Migraine related, but may be metaphoric or abstract.
  •     Form: Rhymed, free-verse, any form of poetry, but not prose.
  •     Poetry must be original and written by you. Submission of poetry written by someone else will result in disqualification.
  •     All poems must be unpublished work, never before published anywhere.
  •     Length: Maximum of 60 lines, no more than 80 characters per line (including spaces and punctuation). Please make special note of the 80 characters per line. This means LINES, not paragraphs.
  •     Number of entries: Please limit entries to no more than three poems per person.
  •     Age: Poems written by persons under 18 years of age must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian.
  •     "Family-friendly" language required. No profanity or other potentially offensive language.
  •     Deadline: Midnight, Tuesday, March 15, 2011. Submissions received after this date will be deleted.
  •     Decisions of the judges are final.
  •     You do not need to live in the U.S. to enter, but all poems must be written in English.

The full list of rules and the online entry submission form can be found on Robert’s web site, Help for Headaches and Migraine at http://www.helpforheadaches.com/Poetry2011/Migraine-Poetry-Contest-Rules-2011.htm.

Contest entries will be judged by patient educators and advocates Nancy Harris Bonk and Teri Robert and staff members of the National Headache Foundation.

About Migraine Disease
Migraine is a genetic neurological disease affecting more than 37 million people in the United Sates alone and is the 12th most disabling disorder in the United States. The US annual direct and indirect economic costs of headache disorders exceed $31 billion. According to a World Health Organization analysis, migraine alone is responsible for at least one percent of the total U.S. medical disability burden, and severe Migraine attacks are as disabling as quadriplegia.

About Teri Robert
Teri is a well known author and patient advocate and was awarded the National Headache Foundation's Patient Partners Award in 2004 for her "ongoing patient education, support and advocacy." She is one of four founding members and the current secretary of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy. She is the author of “Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches,” published by Harper Collins.”

About the National Headache Foundation
The National Headache Foundation exists to enhance the healthcare of Migraine and headache sufferers. It is a source of help to sufferers' families, physicians who treat headache sufferers, allied healthcare professionals and to the public. The NHF accomplishes its mission by providing educational and informational resources, supporting headache research and advocating for the understanding of headache as a legitimate neurobiological disease.

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