XIV started as a small community on Google+. The community still exists, but we have decided to take a different direction. The idea behind XIV was to produce poetry of fourteen lines in length; either free verse or structured. Our main interest was to encourage poets to attempt the sonnet form, the most common poetry form of fourteen-lines. There is something special about the fourteen-line length in that it can encapsulate those special thoughts and emotions in a relatively short verse.
Although we now accept longer or shorter pieces, the sonnet will always be the jewel in the XIV crown, and we encourage all poets to attempt this beautiful form.