Writing a rondeau is hard--everybody who got an entry in for this month's contest should give themselves a pat on the back. We had a lot of great entries too! Sadly, we had to pass over a few excellent entries that had a few slip-ups on the strict rondeau form; it wouldn't have been fair to the other entrants. Make sure to double-check your form before you submit, folks--it hurts us more than it hurts you! On to the winners! 1st place, $50 Amazon.com gift card: Connection, by K. L. Raynor We loved both the theme and execution in K.L.'s rondeau. It had a great, optimistic message, a quiet laugh or two, and a sense of wonder that made us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Well done!
2nd place, $25 Amazon.com gift card: Self, by Stewart Flintonlaubakersmith The inimitable Stewart serves up a fine counterpoint to the optimism of K.L.'s piece with this bit of mortal introspection. A thumping meter, a fiery theme, and a pun or two make this one shine.
3rd place: Equality, by Ben Jacobson Ben's entry did an excellent job of juxtaposing writing, an act of emotional creation, with science, driven by logic and fact. The last line, "How rare a square?" becomes such a loaded question that it had us pondering it for days after!
Join us in congratulating our winners, and thanks to everyone who entered! Hang in there--results for November's contest will be posted soon.