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LibraryThing "Book Spine Poetry" Contest!

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Edited: Aug 7, 2012, 3:23pm Top

See the blog post. Feel free to post questions, &c. here!

See the entries here.

Aug 7, 2012, 12:30pm Top

What about non-English books ? Are they allowed ?

Aug 7, 2012, 12:48pm Top

Sure (but you may want to provide a translation ...)

Aug 7, 2012, 1:06pm Top

This is probably the closest I'll get.

Aug 8, 2012, 5:01pm Top

Oh, how I wish there was an LT member vote, too. Not for prizes, just for fun.

These things are wonderful!

Edited: Aug 8, 2012, 5:21pm Top

You can certainly leave comments on the images!

Aug 9, 2012, 6:03am Top

In italian it exists, named "Poesia dorsale"
Dario De Jaco

Aug 11, 2012, 9:52am Top

I am moving house and only my cookbooks are findable at the moment (first things first ;-P), but that will do for now. I have already uploaded a poem, I may think of more.

Edited: Aug 16, 2012, 12:54pm Top

Just to say, I've added my first entry: 'Daydreaming Ulysses', but since I sort of tried to put it into poem form. Unfortunately, the sub-section of the picture doesn't allow for a nice formatting, so I've added the *correct* poem form in the *comment* section.

Aug 18, 2012, 1:53pm Top

May one enter more than once? With different spine poems, of course.

Aug 18, 2012, 2:19pm Top

yep. as many times as you like!

Aug 19, 2012, 11:39am Top

How can you force it to let your 'poem' appear on multiple lines - as it would if you were writing a poem, instead of all on one line? I see that one or two people have been able to do that.

Aug 20, 2012, 5:05am Top

Insert a <br> after the line.

Have a look at http://www.librarything.de/topic/59470.

Aug 20, 2012, 5:38am Top

Or, if you'd prefer the surrounding parts in the language site you're currently using, this is the same link using what I call the abbreviated reference method.

Aug 21, 2012, 6:04am Top


Aug 24, 2012, 8:59am Top

i've discoverred that, no matter what we do, if the character count of a poem (including spaces) is long enough, it will get distorted in the gallery page (even if it looks fine in the individual's own gallery).

maybe there's no workaround for this (???)

Aug 24, 2012, 12:09pm Top

Can people outside U.S. participate?

Aug 24, 2012, 1:48pm Top

>17 AmyLovsBooks: - Definitely!

Sep 1, 2012, 8:23pm Top

Oops! I entered this at the end of the blog before I discovered this thread. Sorry.
I can’t enter these contests because (gasp!) I don’t have a digital camera. My cheap little cell phone will take pics but there is no software with it to put on computer. I messaged a few to my daughter, she e-mailed them to me, I downloaded to my pictures, but they’re too blurry. I guess something gets lost along the way because, as small as my screen is, I could read most of the words on the spines. Is there no other way to enter the contest?
Then I had this idea. Could I make a collage of book covers from covers on LT and post it?

Sep 4, 2012, 9:50pm Top

when will we learn who won? the fifth?

Sep 4, 2012, 9:54pm Top

The deadline is this Friday afternoon, the 7th. After that we'll start working our way through the entries. There are ALOT of them, so it's not going to be announced immediately.

Sep 6, 2012, 5:32pm Top

Great. Thank You!!

Sep 8, 2012, 8:20am Top

Okay, since I didn't post yesterday afternoon - just to be clear, the contest entry period is now closed.

You check out the (massive!) gallery of poems here. We'll be making our way through and picking winners starting next week.

THANKS to all who entered!!

Sep 11, 2012, 4:13pm Top

So! Who won??

Sep 11, 2012, 4:44pm Top

I wouldn't expect any results this week, we've got a lot to sift through. Our guest judge has asked for at least a week to make her picks, and I've given the others the same amount of time. So, please be a little bit patient with us :-)

Sep 12, 2012, 8:44am Top

It looks like there were 373 entries for the contest. That's 373 poems to be judged.

Sep 19, 2012, 2:06am Top

Wow, that's a lot! Jeremy, is this a record for LT contest entries?

Looking forward to hearing the results!

Edited: Sep 19, 2012, 6:27am Top

>is this a record for LT contest entries?

27 - I saw all the pictures after the deadline, and I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work required to sort them all! If this is a record for a LT competition, then I guess it is a clear indication that there is more activity from LT members in general, besides just listing books, which is a good sign. I can only conclude from this that the LT website has become so much more than just a database tool for books: it is now a community!

Sep 19, 2012, 7:15am Top

I think another factor is that it's a kick-ass idea.

Sep 19, 2012, 7:27am Top


Sep 19, 2012, 11:27am Top

Okay, winners are up!


Thanks, everyone! If you're one of the winners, stay tuned, I'll be contacting you shortly.

Sep 19, 2012, 11:32am Top

Congrats all winners, but really all participants. I didn't enter myself, but had lots of fun looking at what you guys came up with.

Sep 19, 2012, 11:34am Top

Indeed. And let me just say here (as I said in the blog post), it was REALLY hard to pick just a few winners from among all those entries. Great job!

Sep 19, 2012, 5:12pm Top

Dang it. Oh well.

Sep 21, 2012, 2:04pm Top

34 - nice username! ;-)

Sep 22, 2012, 1:15pm Top

Thanks. My name is Flannery, so.

Sep 22, 2012, 6:02pm Top

Haha! Well put!

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