CZP's National Shitty Poetry Month!

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Shitty Poetry Month!

While it's National Poetry Month elsewhere in the world, here at ChiZine, we'd like to acknowledge all the terrible poems that spam the interwebs, grace greeting cards, and make you want to shoot yourself at open mic nights, especially after they run out of gin.

That's why we started SPoM! To revel in the glory of the (badly) written word, to make T.S. Eliot, Shakespeare and Anne Sexton turn in their graves.

Starting April 1st, we will post a brand new shitty poem each weekday on ChiZine.com. At the end of each week, you'll have the weekend to vote for your favourite bad poem. The winner of that week will be announced on the Monday.

At the end of the month, the four finalists will be pitted against each other in a pitched battle to the death, with a winner voted in by you, Gentle Readers.

Happy reading, and may the good shit be with you!

Shitty Poetry Month Championship Belt

Prairie Fire on Claus

Nickle and Schroeder write with a fine ear for the disturbingly perverse, and their story is as sick and twisted a version of Santa Claus as I have ever encountered. Any parents that expose their children to this little bit of nastiness should be put away at once.

Videos from Ottawa event, Sept. 23: David Nickle reads "Dracula Must Die" plus Nicole Lavigne and Marie Bilodeau

Here's some videos from our September 23, 2014, event in Ottawa.

Our friends at Silver Stag Entertainment and Geek Inked Magazine both shot David Nickle's reading of "Dracula Must Die" from his upcoming collection Knife Fight and Other Struggles.

Plus, Geek Inked recorded Marie Bilodeau and Nicole Lavigne duking it out in Chapeaux-à-la-mort.

Thanks to everyone who showed up Tuesday in Ottawa.

Jeffrey Ford reviews Knife Fight

David Nickle’s Knife Fight and Other Struggles is a collection of thirteen unique glimpses into the weird. Dynamic imagination, masterful writing of both the every day and the nightmare, characters that breathe, and a dark sense of humour make this a keeper. If you’ve not yet read Nickle’s fiction, Knife Fight is a great place to start. If you have, you’ve no doubt already bought this book.

Hellnotes on Night Inside

Inside is at times bleak, rife with captors that love torture and snuff films and create both. However, within this story of incest, greed, necrophilia, and a multitude of other horrors, Baker pens some beautiful descriptions. I appreciated her ability to get at the core of what motivates her characters and lay it bare for the reader to see, no matter how disturbing that truth may be.

CZP Monthly Release Sale!

Celebrate the release of Undertow Publications' Shadows & Tall Trees, P.T Jones's Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly, Caitlin Sweet's The Door in the Mountain, and the anticipated anthology from Ellen Datlow, Fearful Symmetries, and receive a free ebook!

The Winner of SPoM!

The winner of CZP's Shitty Poetry Month is Mike Bryant for his poem "A Stark and Wormy Blight."

Congratulations, Mike! You will take home the Shitty Poetry Championship Belt and your poem will be featured in the CZP May newsletter.

We want to thank all of our poets for sending in their shitty poems; we had some pretty terrible entries this year! And a big thank you to our readers for participating each week by reading and voting. We hope you enjoyed these poems as much as we did!

Chiaroscuro Reading Series Nominated for Prix Aurora Awards in Toronto, Winnipeg, Ottawa

The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association has announced the nominees for the 2014 Prix Aurora Award. The Toronto, Winnipeg and Ottawa branches of the Chiaroscuro Reading Series have been nominated in the Best Fan Organizational category! Our thanks to everyone who nominated us. It's a great honour to have three branches on the ballot.

Shitty Poetry Month Finals

We present the 4 final poems for the CZP Shitty Poetry Month. It is up to you, Gentle Reader, to decide which one of these terrible poems will reign as the shittiest poem of them all! Click on the "Read more" tab below to view each poem, then cast your vote for the worst poem in the poll below. Voting ends May 2nd, and the grand champion will be announced next week and will take home the Shitty Poetry Championship Belt.

Good luck to all our champions, and may the shit be with you!

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