We spent a long time poring over the entries for the July poetry contest. As usual, the quality of each entry was excellent--you guys manage to consistently impress us! That being said, a few of the entries really stood out, and we're happy to announce the winners:
1st place, $50 Amazon.com gift card:
We were very impressed by Natalie's careful attention to rhyme, meter, and form in her excellent entry. An easy-flowing beat and a consistent and well-managed rhyme scheme really drew us in; that she wrapped a complicated question and deeply personal answer into the whole package made it a clear choice for the contest. Great work!
2nd place, $25 gift card to Amazon.com
Michael's entry tries to embody a question of absurdity and succeeds brilliantly. Quick and sharp yet approachable and easy-to-read, Michael's verse made us chuckle just as much as it made us wonder. Our favorite line: "pointless needs enraptured by pointless contraptions"--just listen to that consonance!
3rd place, warm fuzzies
Laurie's short piece is a great example of how word choice can make a poem. By carefully controlling her diction, Laurie creates a mood and weaves a theme through a very physical location; she describes a place we've all been to, but skillfully crafts an added air of both tension and mystery that transforms the physical into something more. Well done!
Join us in congratulation the winners of the July contest, and thanks to everyone who entered!
The August Science Fiction Writing Contest
If poetry isn't your thing, you might want to check out this month's Scribophile writing contest. We're accepting science fiction short stories through August 31. Entry is free, so read more about the contest and start writing!