To add a line, click on the button. This will open the submission form. The maximum line length is 100 characters. A blank line will be rejected.
The Spoonbill Generator is meant to be collaborative, so it won't let you add conscutive lines.
Please enter a name. You don't need to enter a name, but if you don't, your line will be attributed to "Anon." If you have cookies enabled, you will find the Spoonbill remembers your name from your last submission. Don't use the same name as another contributor to the poem.
Enter a single word for possible inclusion in the title. If you enter more than one, only the first one will be accepted.
If you don't submit a title word, the Spoonbill Police will reprimand you for being so lazy. A word will be chosen at random from the line you submitted, and put in brackets to indicate that it comes from the Spoonbill and not from you. In the longer term, you will probably find it impossible to live with the shame of having words chosen for you.
Enter a comment if you wish. Note that comments are only intended as feedback on the poem in progress, and are not preserved when the poem is finished.
When you click on the button, your line will be added to the
poem and a Thank You page will appear. Click on the button to go back to the poem.
The FAQ provides the answers to questions such as
How do I put words in italics or bold? and
How do I indicate stress?.
The last line in a poem can be corrected or deleted by the person who submitted it.
To do so, look at the drop down list:
Add this line
Correct the previous line
Delete the previous line
and select which option you want.
These options, for obvious reasons, won't be available in a new poem with no lines.
Only the last line can be corrected or deleted. Once someone else has contributed another line, you won't be able to go back and change yours. In these circumstances the only way to get a mistake fixed is to send a suitably contrite (or even abject) e-mail message to email@example.com and I'll see what I can do. Minor spelling or punctuation mistakes can always be fixed, if you care enough! But I can't fix a mistake if that means making nonsense of subsequent contributions
If you decide to end a poem, you might want to be the person who starts the next one - this doesn't count as contributing two consecutive lines.
As a matter of etiquette, it is not normally regarded as acceptable to end a poem to which you have not previously contributed. The Spoonbill doesn't currently enforce this, but it may do in the future. If you insist on doing so, you might be banned from the Spoonbill Generator.