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Call for ONLINE POETRY CONTEST, "Little Muses Mississauga"

Call for ONLINE POETRY CONTEST, "Little Muses Mississauga" .....EVERY ONE CAN WRITE A POEM.
The Rising City of Mississauga is the theme of the poetry contest. Any child from anywhere and any city between the ages of 8 years to 17 years can participate in this creative writing program as per the category of their group.
Poems of all the participants will be featured and published on Heritage Mississauga website and will be linked to various websites. Top 10 Children will also be featured on YouTube channels and will get a chance to read their poem to the world. You may also visit & consult Mississauga & Tips on Writing tabs on menu bar.
Entry is free. Submit a poem HERE or Click the"Submit Poem Online" tab on menu bar.


Tips on writing

Helping Your Child To Write


Rhyming games with words! 
  • Pick a word, think of all the words that rhyme with that word.Try first with one-syllable words, and then with words of two or more syllables
  • Rhyming games are a great place to start when teaching younger kids about poetry 
  • This helps them to enjoy it more.
See and observe!
  • Pick or see any object a pencil, a plate, sky or a tree, children, parks, Ontario lake, light house, Credit river, City Hall, anything around. Then write down everything you notice about that object. 
  • Try and relate it to Mississauga.
Describe the words and objects!
  • Think of an adjective, like blue, soft, bright,  sleepy, awake.
  • Write down all the words you can think of that have the same meaning as that adjective. 
  • list will help a lot when you're trying to describe things.
Perform poetry!
  • Performing poetry is of course taking a poem and "acting it out". 
  • Rhythm, sense of movement, any kind of visuals that are attached to the words and sentences while performing leave a strong emotional impact on child's mind
  • This creates an in-depth relationship with the language which actually takes them beyond the language skills.
Write down all your ideas, quickly, before they escape! 
  • List out words which connect you to that idea or the object 
  • Then try and relate them together. 
  • Add some more words to elaborate. 
  • They will start turning into a poem. 
  • Live with the ideas for a while.
Read your poem out loud, to yourself or to a friend! 
  • You have to hear, and like, your own words, in your own ears, before anyone else does.
Have someone read your poem to you!  
  • It’s fun to hear your words rolling off of someone else’s tongue.
Don’t give up until your poem is just the way you like it! 
  • Put your poem away for a while, maybe even several days or weeks. 
  • When you come back to it later, you’ll see and hear your poem with new eyes and fresh ears.
Write about: Something you likeSomething you don’t like, Things you see around you, Something that happened to you, Somewhere you went, Make something up. Relate all this to Mississauga and write a poem.

And Then
Share your poem with us and we will share it with the world.

Some Things to Remember:

  • A poem doesn’t have to be long.
  • A poem doesn’t have to be serious.
    Poetry Workshop by Pooja Nansi 6

  • A poem doesn’t have to be about important things.
  • A poem doesn’t have to rhyme.
  • A poem doesn’t have to be shown to anybody.
  • A poem doesn’t have to be funny.
  • A poem doesn’t have to have a message.
A poem can be any of these things, and many more.
The only thing a poem really has to do, is to please you, the writer, and make you glad that you wrote it.

A poem is a little path
That leads you through the trees.
It takes you to the cliffs and shores,
To anywhere you please.

Follow it and trust your way
With mind and heart as one,
And when the journey’s over,
You’ll find you’ve just begun.

- Charles Ghigna

Poetry Techniques