Geist magazine of Vancouver has come up with a wacky new subscription promotion -- the Geiste Erasure Poetry contest. In it, a passage from Susanna Moodie's Roughing it in the Bush is copied. Without changing the order of the words, but erasing as they will, entrants (who pay $20 -- which includes a one-year sub) are to create a poem out of the passage. There is no word limit.
The winner gets $500 and a trophy. second prize $150, third prize $100 and all winning entries will be published in Geist and on geist.com.The magazine helpfully provides the text block and an example of an erasure poem that was published in Geist 77.