The weather is almost bearable today, but the past week has been cruel and unusual as far as heat goes. In the spirit of staying cool in the face of Mother Nature's toughest love, I Love Franklin Ave. is teaming up with Snubbr.com to offer one talented reader a $50 Coldstone gift certificate in exchange for a little creative reflection on the summer's heat. (Some of you may recognize Snubbr from their similar giveaway pairing with Brokelyn last month).
We wanted to challenge readers for more than just a plain comment on the weather, and with the July Franklin Park Reading Series coming up, we settled on a poetry contest. Any poetic form is acceptable, as long as it's 14 lines or less (making room for the Shakespearian sonnet) and the subject matter is Franklin Avenue/Crown Heights in the summer. Length and poetic sophistication will not necessarily be rewarded, so feel free to use haiku (the Reading Series occasionally inspires me to try my clumsy hand at these), acrostic, or limerick. Enter by posting your poem as a comment to this thread, and if you're posting anonymously, include a way to contact you should you win (US entries only, sorry!). A panel of three distinguished judges will select the winner in one week's time, and we'll mail the gift card shortly thereafter. Have at it!
Snubbr, which suggested this promotion, is a product-recommendation site that's building its profile through fun, free giveaways on blogs (they do gift recommendations, too).