About this Writing Project

Before you start work on a story for this Writing Project, please take a few moments to read these few paragraphs as they describe exactly what is expected of participating authors and their submissions.

Cinquain poetry refers to a type of five line poem with a specific syllabic form.  The first line of a standard cinquain consists of just two syllables, with each of the three following lines escalating in length by two syllables a line before reverting back to a two syllable length in the fifth line (i.e. 2/4/6/8/2 syllables).  Cinquains can be about anything or anyone provided they stick to this syllabic pattern and the standard five line structure.

That said, there are a number of accepted variations in cinquains that will be more than acceptable in this Writing Project.  They are:

The Reverse Cinquain - a five-line poem with the reverse syllabic structure to a standard cinquain (i.e. 2/8/6/4/2 syllables).

The Mirror Cinquain - a ten-line poem with a standard cinquain followed by a reverse cinquain (i.e. 2/4/6/8/2/2/8/6/4/2 syllables)

The Butterfly Cinquain - a nine line poem similar to a mirror cinquain without the two two-syllable middle lines (i.e. 2/4/6/8/2/8/6/4/2 syllables).

The Crown Cinquain - a sequence of five (normally standard) cinquains.

The Garland Cinquain - a sequence of six cinquains where the sixth verse is composed of lines from the first five (i.e. V1-L1/V2-L2/V3-L3/V4-L4/V5-L5).

For more information about cinquains, and to view examples, please review the following:

The Crapsey Cinquain and its Variations from Cinquain.org

Contemporary Cinquains by Jeanne Cassler

While all of these forms are perfectly acceptable for this Writing Project, we also encourage authors to experiment and create cinquains in their own style.  As such multi-verse and other variations are perfectly acceptable provided the core elements of standard cinquains can be found.



Sign Up: Signing up to participate in this Writing Project is not required.  Members and authors may simply submit their work unsolicited.

Submission Deadline: This is an ongoing project so there is no deadline for submissions.

Submission procedure: Please submit your poems via the form linked to in the Submissions section of this page.

Poem titles: Authors are free to come up with their own titles.

Copyright and License: By submitting work to, and publishing work as part of, a Writing Project at The Authors Haunt, you grant to The Authors Haunt and its owners a royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, display, publish, and communicate to the public, worldwide, the submitted content, in whole or in part, at The Authors Haunt (or any part thereof, including subsidiary sites).  All rights to said work, including copyright and moral rights, remain the property of the original author.  This license agreement applies to work submitted as part of a Writing Project only.

Please note that by submitting you work to an anthology at The Authors Haunt you are granting us an irrevocable right to display that work.  That means that while you can request your Writing Project submissions be removed, and we will consider that request, we are under no obligation to remove any Writing Project submissions from the site.  As a general rule, we do not remove work published as part of an Writing Project here at The Authors Haunt.  You retain all copyright and moral rights, and are free to publish the work elsewhere from 24 hours after the work is published at The Authors Haunt.

Graphic Usage: The Authors Haunt will create an icon for your submission for use on the Writing Project main page.  This icon will be designed to be in keeping with the Writing Project theme.  Resident Authors are free to submit suitable graphics for use on their sites at The Authors Haunt.  Authors are free to use graphics designed by The Authors Haunt design team on their sites at The Authors Haunt, in their signature on The Authors Haunt Community Forums, or elsewhere provided the graphic is used to link back to their poetry here.  Authors may not use graphics designed by The Authors Haunt design team to link to, or as headers for, work published elsewhere.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Writing Project coordinator.



Before submitting your work to The Authors Haunt, please ensure that it has been properly edited.  If you have used the services of an editor, we strongly recommend that you provide an acknowledgement note, which can be included in the "Comments" section of the submission form.  Please pay attention to the genre, type, rating and warnings fields and ensure you apply suitable coding in each section.

To submit your work to this Writing Project, please click here.