“Poetry is a useful tool in many ways. For people living with these disorders, it’s an amazing creative outlet for coping with living with pain, other symptoms, and the disability that often accompanies these disorders...
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(PRWEB) April 23, 2013
The call for entries for the 2013 Putting Our Heads Together Migraine and Headache poetry contest is being issued by patient educator and advocate Teri Robert. This is the 11th year for this contest, which is open to anyone over 13 years old who wants to submit poems about Migraine Disease and other Headache Disorders.The contest is hosted on Robert's web site, http://www.helpforheadaches.com, with judges from the American Headache and Migraine association, found at http://www.easeheadachemigraine.com
“Poetry is a useful tool in many ways. For people living with these disorders, it’s an amazing creative outlet for coping with living with pain, other symptoms, and the disability that often accompanies these disorders. It’s also a unique and creative way to dispel myths and help reduce the stigma associated with Migraines, Cluster Headaches, and other Headache Disorders.”
This year’s contest will be judged by members of the American Headache and Migraine Association, a new patient-focused, patient-driven nonprofit organization for people who have or are interested in Migraine and other Headache Disorders.
The contest guidelines and rules 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- All poems must be unpublished work, never before published anywhere.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).
- Number of entries: Please limit entries to no more than three poems per person.
- Age: Open to anyone 13-years-old and older. 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, Friday, May 24, 2013.
The full guidelines and rules, as well as the link to the submission form can be found on Robert’s web site at http://www.helpforheadaches.com/Poetry2013/Migraine-Poetry-Contest-Submission-2013.htm. Poetry from previous contests can be found on the site at http://www.helpforheadaches.com/Migraine-Poetry-Contests.htm.
About the American Headache and Migraine Association (AHMA): The AHMA is a newly launched nonprofit organization, patient-focused and patient-driven, for people who have or are interested in Migraine Disease and other Headache Disorders. The AHMA exists to EASE the burden of Migraine and other Headache Disorders through Education, Awareness, Support, and Engagement.
About Teri Robert: Robert is an award-winning patient educator and advocate who began her work in this field when failed medical care and Chronic Migraine led her to take charge of her health care, educate herself about Migraine, and work proactively as a treatment partner with a qualified Migraine and Headache Specialist. She writes her own site, HelpforHeadaches.com, and her blog, PuttingOurHeadsTogether.com; Remedy Health Media’s Migraine site on the HealthCentral Network, Migraine.com, and other sites. Her advocacy work includes co-founding the Alliance for Headache Advocacy, lobbying on Capitol Hill, and other efforts on behalf of patients. She helped found and is serving as the first chair of the American Headache and Migraine Association.