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Twittermantic returns for Valentines!

Jan 19th, 2011


After the huge success of last year’s Twittermantic competition, which saw more than 600 entries, are once again giving the UK’s wannabe Shakespeares the chance to show off their poetic side in a national creative writing contest launching today! But in the true spirit of a modern day Romeo or Juliet – the romantic verse must be composed in just 140 characters on the popular social network site, Twitter!

The competition, which is back by popular demand, is being launched as part of build up to Valentine’s Day on, with the winning Twittermantic claiming a romantic weekend break away courtesy of and their entry published and made in to an actual Hallmark Valentine’s card available to buy!

The best entries collected before Valentine’s Day (closing date is February 4th) will be judged by an online public vote and by a panel of experts, including poet and published author, Christine Miller!

Entering is simple; all people need to do to become a Twittermantic is follow Hallmark UK on Twitter and then write their romantic verse in 140 characters or less, making sure they include @HallmarkUK in their tweet entry and the hashtag #TM. You can find full entry details at

The overall winning verse will be featured on a 2012 Hallmark Valentine’s Day card which will be available for the public to purchase through


The Twitter verse competition aims to bring creative writing to the masses with the contest open to everyone in the UK – from complete novices to quality amateur writers. The only criteria is that the verse must be the individual’s own work.

William Clark, a panel judge and author of “700 Limericks and How to Write Them”, commented: “This competition puts a clever new twist on the traditional custom of writing romantic verses on Valentine’s Day. Last year the competition was great fun with lots of spirited entries. I think it really showed that poetry is still a part of ordinary people’s lives. Anyone can write a limerick, though sticking to the traditional structure gives you the best results. But anything goes, if people like it, you can win.”

Last year’s winning entry was by Mazz Mullarky who wrote: “My heart is as big as a lake, my love as deep as the ocean, 13 years now, I will always give you my devotion”. The winning verse along with the two runners up will be available to purchase as Valentine’s Cards from in the run up to Valentine’s Day.


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