Note on Plagiarism

Plagiarize: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own; use (another's production) without crediting the source; to commit literary theft: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source (Merriam-Webster).

PowerPoetry does not permit plagiarism of any kind. If a user must draw upon the written work of another, he or she must make a note of this reference either at the beginning or end of the poem (i.e. "This poem was inspired by..."). 

If a user submits the work of another poet to one of PowerPoetry's Scholarship Slams, they will be immediately disqualified from the contest.

For a first offense of plagiarism, the user will be issued a warning and the plagiarized poem will be deleted from the website.

For a second offense of plagiarism, the user will be blocked from the website and will not be permitted to make any future posts on





Bottom line: If you're thinking of plagiarizing, don't. Remember, plagiarism is stealing (which is illegal btw). You have your own brain- use it to create your own awesome material.