The Golden Die Contest & Anthology

Sponsored by Metaphor Dice and Button Poetry 

The Golden Die Contest will award a prize of $1,000 to the best poem written using Metaphor Dice. Additionally, a student winner will receive $500 and 25 sets of Metaphor Dice. All poems submitted to this contest will automatically be considered for publication in Poetry by Chance: An Anthology Powered by Metaphor Dice to be published by Button Poetry in 2023. 

If you're not familiar with Metaphor Dice, they are a writing tool that randomly groups CONCEPTS, ADJECTIVES, and OBJECTS together to form metaphors and similes worthy of consideration and exploration (for example, "My father is a broken mirror"). You don't have to own a set of Metaphor Dice to enter the contest, but your poem must be based on words that exist on the actual dice. The complete list of the official words is available here. 

General Guidelines

  • Submission period is open until April 30, 2022
  • One entry = one document = one poem = one fee. Enter as many times as you want.
  • Open to poets all over the world. 
  • All poems written by people 18 and older should come via the Adult Submission form below. All poems written by those 17 and younger should come via the Student Submission form. A teacher, parent, or guardian may submit poems through their own Submittable account on behalf of a student with the understanding that if the poem is accepted, they will facilitate the collection of a signed parental consent form prior to publication.
  • Keep all names and other identifying details off any document that contains a poem. 
  • The entry fee is $2 or $3 depending on whether you are submitting through the Adult or Student form.

Contest details:

  • The preferred length of each poem is 25 lines or fewer (one page). And the absolute maximum length for any poem is 400 words.
  • All poems will be judged anonymously, and we will adhere to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.
  • All submissions will be processed through Submittable. If you do not yet have a Submittable account, get one for free here.
  • One entry = one document = one poem = one fee. Enter as many times as you want.

Anthology details: 

  • All poets published in the anthology will receive a contributor’s copy of it.
  • All poems will be selected anonymously.

How to submit:

During the submission window (December 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022) choose the appropriate form below, from the dropdown menus enter the words from the dice that are the basis for the metaphor that prompted your poem, upload a document with your poem, and pay the fee.

By using this form you attest that you are 18 years of age or older.

In the fields below, indicate the words from the dice that form the metaphor that prompted your poem, upload a document containing your poem, and then pay the fee. One entry = one document = one poem = one fee. Enter as many times as you want.

Background

Metaphor Dice help writers think and write figuratively by quickly offering thousands of combinations that essentially say “Let this CONCEPT be equal to this OBJECT plus or minus this ADJECTIVE.”

We're looking for poems that use the words on the dice to craft a simile or metaphor; it's not enough to  not just mention all the words in the same sentence. For example, consider the following roll: BEAUTY/BROKEN/ANIMAL. The winning poem might be titled “Beauty is a Like Broken Animal” or might claim that “beauty is never a broken animal,” and then it would explore that metaphor. It might flip the order of the words and mention “the animal of broken beauty.” However, a poem that merely includes the line “There is no beauty in a broken animal” would not win the contest or be selected for the anthology because it has not used the words of the roll to create a metaphor or simile.

FAQ

  1. What if two poets choose the exact same three words for their metaphor? We hope this will happen even though there are 74,088 unique combinations of words (42x42x42). If it does—and both poems are selected for the anthology—those poems will appear side by side.  
  2. Can I submit to the contest more than once with a completely different poem based on the exact same roll of the dice? Yes. You can enter the contest as many times as you want. One entry = one document = one poem = one fee.
  3. If my poem doesn’t win the contest, I might not want it to be published in the anthology. Is there a way to do that? No. All poems submitted to the contest will also be considered for inclusion in the anthology.
  4. Does my poem have to come through Submittable? Yes.

By using this form you attest that you were 17 years old or younger when you wrote the poem being submitted, OR else you are submitting a poem on behalf of a student or dependent.

In the fields below, indicate the words from the dice that form the metaphor that prompted your poem, upload a document containing your poem, and then pay the fee. One entry = one document = one poem = one fee. Enter as many times as you want.

Background 

Metaphor Dice help writers think and write figuratively by quickly offering thousands of combinations that essentially say “Let this CONCEPT be equal to this OBJECT plus or minus this ADJECTIVE.”


We're looking for poems that use the words on the dice to craft a simile or metaphor; it's not enough to  not just mention all the words in the same sentence. For example, consider the following roll: BEAUTY/BROKEN/ANIMAL. The winning poem might be titled “Beauty is a Like Broken Animal” or might claim that “beauty is never a broken animal,” and then it would explore that metaphor. It might flip the order of the words and mention “the animal of broken beauty.” However, a poem that merely includes the line “There is no beauty in a broken animal” would not win the contest or be selected for the anthology because it has not used the words of the roll to create a metaphor or simile.

FAQ

  1. What if two poets choose the exact same three words for their metaphor? We hope this will happen even though there are 74,088 unique combinations of words (42x42x42). If it does—and both poems are selected for the anthology—those poems will appear side by side.  
  2. Can I submit to the contest more than once with a completely different poem based on the exact same roll of the dice? Yes. You can enter the contest as many times as you want. One entry = one document = one poem = one fee.
  3. I'm a teacher and I'd like to submit poems for my students because they don't have their own Submittable accounts. Is that allowed? Absolutely. Just make sure each poem is its own entry and help manage expectations as we will be choosing from thousands of entries. We will also need your help in obtaining a signed parental consent form IF one of your students is provisionally accepted for publication.
  4. If my poem doesn’t win the contest, I might not want it to be published in the anthology. Is there a way to do that? No. All poems submitted to the contest will also be considered for inclusion in the anthology.
  5. Does my poem have to come through Submittable? Yes.
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