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!
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.
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.”
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.
Three from Lauren Nagel:
from Paula Billups:
from Maia Almeida-Amir:
from Cindy Clayton (who also provided with her entry a text version with her intended punctuation, so I’ll use that for the caption):
from Laine Little (entitled “Raising My Teen”):
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.
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.
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.