Government Shutdown Haiku Contest Results

Well, interestingly enough, in our most recent haiku contest, there was a three-way tie for first place!  Rather than go through a run-off vote, I’m just going to declare all three the winners and send a copy of the prize to each.

Congratulations to Margo Bergman, Cindy Clayton, and Marie Marshall for their equally winning entries.  I will contact each of you about getting your prize to you.

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and who voted!

 

Voting for the Government Shutdown Haiku Contest: Now Open

Hey there.  So I’ve compiled all the entries for our most recent haiku contest and put them all here in this post.  I’m opening up the voting to you, the readers, to determine whom our winner will be.  The entries have all been great, and I’m so grateful to everyone who participated — and to everyone who took part in the discussions on my various social media.

This is approval voting, which means you can vote for more than one entry.  Just remember Continue reading “Voting for the Government Shutdown Haiku Contest: Now Open”

Happy Bartolomé Day — and a reminder…

So here’s a question:  Why do we continue to celebrate Columbus Day?  I admit I appreciate having a day off from school, but really, don’t we all know about Christopher Columbus yet?  What a really bad person he was?  I think Agent Coulson would have described him as “Poop.  With needles.”

In case you don’t know yet what I’m talking about (the Columbus part), check out this comic from the Font of Awesomeness that is The Oatmeal.  The Oatmeal is typically hilarious and informative, and this time it’s even more informative than usual.  And also well done (not unusual).

And since our government still hasn’t gotten its act together — but then what can we expect from people who still celebrate Christopher Columbus? — you still have time to participate in my Government Shutdown Haiku Contest.  Click here for more information and to see the entries so far and to post an entry yourself.

Happy Bartolomé Day!

The Results Are In…

Thank you to everyone who voted in the Book Spine Poetry Contest Poll!  The results are in.

The top three winners will win a t-shirt with a poetry joke on it.  (Hope you enjoy.)  Winners, please send me a private email so I can send you the details, get your sizes, etc.

Thanks again, everyone, for participating!

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1st place:  “Combined and uneven apocalypse” by Maia Almeida-Amir

Combined and uneven apocalypse Living in the end times Utopia Our history is still being written
Combined and uneven apocalypse
Living in the end times
Utopia
Our history is still being written

 

2nd place:  “In other worlds” by Cindy Clayton

In other worlds: A thousand splendid suns. The lake of dreams, The summer tree— Everyone is beautiful. . The rest of life: Something rotten. Crime and punishment, Truth and consequences— The places that scare you. . I am the messenger: Good omens! The wake of forgiveness.
In other worlds:
A thousand splendid suns.
The lake of dreams,
The summer tree—
Everyone is beautiful.
.
The rest of life:
Something rotten.
Crime and punishment,
Truth and consequences—
The places that scare you.
.
I am the messenger:
Good omens!
The wake of forgiveness.

 

3rd place:  “Raising My Teen” by Laine Little

Blood and faith Lost The last battle Between parent and child No more misbehavin' Celebration of discipline
Blood and faith
Lost
The last battle
Between parent and child
No more misbehavin’
Celebration of discipline

 

Book Spine Poetry Contest Update (and Poll)

We had a lot of great entries in the Book Spine Poetry Contest.  First, I want to thank everyone who participated!  I hope you enjoyed playing as much as I enjoyed seeing your poems.  Second, as promised, here are all the entries (listed in no particular order) so you can all enjoy them, too.  I’ve transcribed the lines of the poems in the captions in case you have difficulty reading some of the spines in the photos.

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Three from Lauren Nagel:

How to think like Leonardo da Vinci Know your own mind
How to think like Leonardo da Vinci
Know your own mind
LNagel books II
Dictionary
Thesaurus
The elements of grammar
Me talk pretty one day
LNagel books III
Ladies’ own erotica
Get lucky
Can’t wait to get to heaven

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from Paula Billups:

Der Steppenwolf Goatwalking Pathways to bliss Beyond good and evil My world and welcome to it
Der Steppenwolf
Goatwalking
Pathways to bliss
Beyond good and evil
My world and welcome to it

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from Maia Almeida-Amir:

Combined and uneven apocalypse Living in the end times Utopia Our history is still being written
Combined and uneven apocalypse
Living in the end times
Utopia
Our history is still being written

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from Cindy Clayton (who also provided with her entry a text version with her intended punctuation, so I’ll use that for the caption):

In other worlds: A thousand splendid suns. The lake of dreams, The summer tree— Everyone is beautiful. . The rest of life: Something rotten. Crime and punishment, Truth and consequences— The places that scare you. . I am the messenger: Good omens! The wake of forgiveness.
In other worlds:
A thousand splendid suns.
The lake of dreams,
The summer tree—
Everyone is beautiful.
.
The rest of life:
Something rotten.
Crime and punishment,
Truth and consequences—
The places that scare you.
.
I am the messenger:
Good omens!
The wake of forgiveness.

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from Laine Little (entitled “Raising My Teen”):

Blood and faith Lost The last battle Between parent and child No more misbehavin' Celebration of discipline
Blood and faith
Lost
The last battle
Between parent and child
No more misbehavin’
Celebration of discipline

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There you have it!  If you sent me an entry and don’t see it here, I apologize.  Please email me right away so we can sort it out.

Now, part of the reason it took me so long to get this post done has to do with my being out of town for a few days during an unusually busy time at school and having to play catch-up all week.  But part of it is that, frankly, I can’t really decide who has won!  So many of these poems are just fantastic.

So I’m putting the fate of this contest in your hands, dear readers.  Below is a poll in which YOU decide which are the best entries!  The poems are listed by their first lines.  Polling will be open until the evening of Monday, May 20th.  I’m going to try and set this up so you can vote each day, if you want to, to make this sort of like approval voting.  First, second, and third place entries will win a prize!  Winners will be announced the week polling ends.

Thank you for voting!  Please spread the word to others to do so.

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Book Spine Poetry Contest Update

Hello!  There are so many great entries for the Book Spine Poetry Contest!  Thank you so much to everyone who participated.  I’ve just gotten back into town from a conference, the incredibly fun DFWCon, an annual writers’ conference put on by the DFW Writers’ Workshop, and I have a bit of catching up to do.  Look for more on the contest results by the end of this week.

Sleepy cheers.

Book Spine Poetry Contest — DEADLINE

Hey there.  So today’s the last day of April.  How did it sneak up on us so quickly?  Well, if you’re in education, the answer is easy:  we’ve hit that point in the school year when no one can get any traction because everything is so hectic and stressful.  Ah well.

Because I’m in this position, too — and because I didn’t announce this contest until April 6th — I’m extending the deadline for this contest till the end of this coming weekend.  We’ve had several wonderful entries so far — and thanks to all who’ve submitted! — but I’m getting ready for a writers’ conference this weekend and buried in grading.  Like I tell my students when they want an extension, “Sure, take an extra day, because I wasn’t going to be grading this paper tonight anyway.”

New deadline is this Sunday night, May 5th.  Winner gets a t-shirt.  Submit as many entries as you like.  There is no age requirement to enter.  Click here for the full details.

Have a good week!