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Found Poetry Contest

June 1

Everyone always says great art is about “originality.” But now it’s time to throw all that out the window, cause Textploit is giving you the chance to plagiarize to your heart’s content in exchange for fame, fortune, and maybe even a free T-shirt.

How, you might ask? A Twitter found poetry contest!

A found poem is a “poem that is composed from words and phrases found in another text.” So we want you to to scour Twitter for the weirdest, funniest, smartest tweets you can find and form them into a poem of your very own!

Still confused? Here’s an example:

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If you want to make one, here’s a handy step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Forage Twitter.

Step 2: Gather your favorite tweets.

Step 3: Rearrange, blot out, delete.

Step 4: Send it our way, admin@textploit.com, by June 30th.

If you win you’ll get a free t-shirt, and we will feature your poem on the site along with an interview. There will be two runner-ups whose poems will be published on our site.

Pro Tips:

For those of you who are sick to your stomachs just thinking about using technology to actually create a Twitter found poem, don’t fret. The easiest way to do it is to blot out words using the “Markup Toolbar” on Preview. Here’s how it works:

  1. screen shot each tweet and upload those screen shots to a Word or Pages document
  2. Arrange your tweets in the order you want
  3. screen shot that document in its entirety.
  4. Open that screen shot in Preview, and access the “Markup Toolbar” by clicking the little toolbox on the righthand side near the searchbar.
  5. Click the “shapes” tab and then select the rectangle icon
  6. Click on the “fill” and “outline” icons and select “black” to make a solid black rectangle
  7. Resize it to fit over the words you’re blotting out
  8. Blot away!

Please send your screenshot as a JPEG or PDF to admin@textploit.com with the subject heading: CONTEST.

We accept contest submissions June 1 to June 30th. Results come out July 5th.

Picasso once said “great artists steal.” Steal well.

Happy plagiarizing!


The Textploit Staff