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Calling NE Texas Food Poets: Whataburger Rewards Wordsmiths

May 12, 2017

When it comes to Whataburger, Texans have been known to make grand, artistic gestures. And often, the San Antonio-based burger chain will reward flattery with free food.

Just a few months ago, a McKinney pastor was so moved by his Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, he sang an original ballad from inside his car. And it’s hard to forget Houston poet Amir Safi’s 2015 homage to Whataburger that he performed at the Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival.

Actually, Safi’s collaborating with Whataburger this month to inspire more poets to write about — as Safi put it in his viral ode — that “Texas-born titan, A-frame shelter, pilgrimage for the south. Church of meat, grease and longer waits. Perfectly-salted pulpit for the hungry.”

To celebrate National Burger Month until May 24, aspiring poets can tag Whataburger on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with poems up to 70 words for the chance to win free Whataburger for a year and a $500 Ticketmaster gift card.

Every week, judges will pick three and social media audiences will vote for the winner. Besides length, the main parameters are mentioning Whataburger, avoiding profanity and keeping other companies out of it.