Garden Intrigue Contest #2: Poetry!

Tragedy! In the midst of his latest ode, Augustus Whittlesby has broken his quill. For some strange reason, no one appears willing to lend him another.

Will you help a pen-less poet? Your task, should you choose to accept it, is this: write a few lines of verse for Augustus.

Your verses can be on any topic you like (pink carnations, the Pink Carnation series, short dictators, root vegetables), any style, and any length. Go wherever the muse takes you– provided that the muse is amusing.

All entries are due by Tuesday, October 11. For the fun of having a grand unveiling, please email your entries to me, rather than posting them in the Comments section. I’ll post all the entries here on October 12th and open it up to general voting, with the winner to be announced on Wednesday, October 19th. The winner, two runners-up, and one judge chosen at random will all receive advance copies of The Garden Intrigue, featuring none other than Augustus himself.

Happy versifying!


  1. Ammy Belle on October 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Awesome! And so on point! Thanks for the contest! Hopefully my muse will come down and strike me on the head this weekend …

  2. Alex on October 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Can we do more than one if our muses so strike us?

  3. Nancy Hayes on October 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Roses are Red, Violets are blue
    If Augustus Whittlesby can write poetry
    So can you.

    Okay serious submission to be sent in later. 😉

  4. Vizelle on October 5, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Ooh, I can’t wait to see the entries for this one. So fun!

  5. Lauren Willig on October 5, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Alex, indeed you may!

  6. Lauren Willig on October 5, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Nancy, with your permission, I’m including your un-serious one, too! I love it.

  7. Virginia on October 5, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    This should be super fun!

    @Nancy… that really wasn’t a serious submission? Because it definitely motivated me! 🙂

  8. Nancy on October 6, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Sure feel free to include my silliness.

  9. jeffrey on October 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    FINALLY! Something I’m good at: bad poetry.

  10. Ashleigh on October 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm


    Roughly translated:

    The carnation
    was planted in the garden
    what is its true nature


    Over the sea
    Defying danger
    There is a carnation


    In a mask
    It is the flower of chivalry (/heroism)
    The Gentian

  11. Céline on October 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I’ll do my best to come up with some nice poetry, but English not being my mothertongue, it might be a bit difficult… But I’ll give it a try!

  12. Ashleigh on October 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Oops! Didn’t read that I was supposed to email these to you. *sigh* Maybe I’ll have to come up with a sonnet or something too to make up for the fact that I apparently can’t read.

  13. Am7 on October 7, 2011 at 3:31 am

    Oh Lauren please use Ashleigh’s already submissions. I think its magnificient that she was able to write in Chinnese or Japanese? Anyways she’s awesome. Please include it in the contest.

  14. Nancy on October 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I sent in my “serious” poem. I want to make sure I got the email address right.

  15. Lauren on October 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Don’t worry, Nancy– it made it to me safe and sound!

  16. Stephanie on October 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I want to buy the graphic pink novel. when is that going to happen?

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