ZaniLa Rhyme

Created by Laura Lamarca, zanila rhyme is a poem that has a minimum of 3 stanzas, each stanza consists of 4 lines. Its rhyming scheme is abcb. The syllable count is 9/7/9/9.
Line 3 of each stanza contains an internal rhyme and is repeated in each ‘odd’ numbered stanza. ‘Even’ stanzas contain the same line but swapped.

Example (by the author herself):

Sing Me A Song

Give me a cloud so that I may sit
to watch the world far below;
Sing me a song and make me belong,
With a tune only you and I know.

Give me an angel, help me find peace
for a mind tortured in hell;
Make me belong and sing me a song,
Hum the tune and I'll sing it as well.

Give me your shoulder so I may cry,
release pain and take a rest;
Sing me a song and make me belong,
And we'll improvise upon request.

Give me your hand, together we'll walk
through our rainbow-coloured dreams;
Make me belong and sing me a song,
Sing Lovers' glory to the extreme.

~Though this form can be written in as many stanzas as you want, for this event, write a four-stanza Zanila Rhyme considering the #PrideMonth. The theme of your poem MUST be inclusivity .

  • Send in your entries,  as an attachment in a word document (.doc/.docx, any other file will not be published), to along with a 2-3 line bio (not required if previously sent).
  • The subject of your mail should be Entry for #PenMuse42 (compulsory).
  • Along with your entry please send a suggested cover for your poem. (please send it as a separate attachment. Make sure it is a stock photo, no watermarks, and of high resolution –800 pixels and above). The elves at Penmancy are mighty pleased if a story is accompanied by a cover.


      1. The submitted poem must have a title (Keep it simple with no punctuation marks; all words more than 3 letters must be capitalized)
      2. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit –though only the first submitted poem will be qualified for contention.
      3. Previously published or plagiarised works will not be considered for contention.
      4. Poems found to have been shared on another platform or blog before the declaration of results stand disqualified from the event, and the writer of such content stands to be disqualified for the next Penmancy event.
      5. In case a poem is received after the submission deadline, it shall be considered as a guest entry and shall not qualify for the event.
      6. Entries that don’t follow rules will be published and shared on the page and group but are disqualified for winning.

Winning criteria:

  • The winner will be chosen on the basis of the judges’ scores (out of 10)
    • creativity/content and originality, [12 points]
    • coherence of form and structure (harmony of words, presentation), [12 points]
    • clarity of imagery and language/grammar, [10 points]
    • emotional impact, [10 points]
    • topic/relevance to the theme, [6 points]
  • The entries adjudged by a panel of judges and event organisers shall be binding. Judges’ scores to be deemed final and may not be contested. Final scores are not disclosed to the participants.
  • All writers are required to read and comment on 5 poems other than their own and encourage their fellow writers with valuable and constructive inputs. Comments like “nice”, “good work”, “brilliant piece”, etc. do not provide the necessary critique and are not helpful for anyone.
  • Only stories that garnered an average score/rating of 7.5 and above from the panel of judges shall be eligible for winning.
  •  Timelines-
    • The last date of submission is June 20, 2022 (Monday).
    • Winners shall be announced on June 27, 2022 (Monday).

The announcement of winners may be postponed or preponed depending on the number of entries received.

The winners of the event shall receive the book Leaves Of Autumn by Vasudha Pansare.

This book was extended for #BookNook Gift-a-book program by the author.

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