In a contest on AllPoetry.com, a Nina Simone song-based poetry contest is open for submissions: http://allpoetry.com/contest/2631843-Nina-Simone
Write a new poem inspired by one of Nina Simone’s songs. Specify the name of the song in the author’s notes. Here’s a good starting point for some of Nina’s music on YouTube:
No cutting, no feel-sorry-for-me, no explicit sex. Other than that, no holds barred.
Awards: 1000 for gold, 500 for silver, 250 for bronze, 5 honorable mentions