These winning stories are all so good, in different ways, and I can tell the writers put a lot of work, love, talent and craft into them. Judging is subjective but I wish it wasn’t. The difference between a winner and a non-winner was sometimes slight. I know that when the editors or judges of contests I’ve entered say “there were so many excellent entries, it was hard to choose,” that they aren’t just saying that to be nice. I feel very much the same.
Here are the winners: Concession Girl byDiana Spechler Handling This by Susan Rodgers The Last Love Song of Johnny Mascerone by Gordon Brown
Four additional authors worthy of Honorable Mention: Damon Macias Moreno, Alan Sincic, Nancy Quinn & Julie Gard.
3rd Wednesday’s poem of the week is a prize winner from our spring issue’s annual poetry contest. Elizabeth Wolf won one of three $100 awards for this “Haibun”, which she says was her first attempt at this prosometric form that originated in Japan. Each of the stazas is expanded by the Senryūat its conclusion.
3rd Wednesday’s poem of the week is a preview from our summer issue due out near the end of June. Poet, Jen Ashburn, won our 50/50 poetry contest with this entry. We’re accepting submissions for the fall issue now. Copies of print issues of the magazine can be purchaced at Amazon.
Sarah Russell’s poem was an entry and $100 winner in 3rd Wednesday’s recent One Sentence Poetry Contest. When we wrote to notify her, we told her that her’s was one of the worst run-on sentences we’ve ever seen, but that it served this prose poem perfectly.
Though he didn’t intend it for our recent One Sentence Poetry contest, 13th Poet Laureate of the United States, Ted Kooser, sent us this example of what a poet can do with a single sentence. Our 4th One Sentence Poetry Contest opens for entries on August 15th. Click anywhere on Mr. Kooser’s poem for details.
In just six lines in a single sentence, Krystal Nikol of Detroit has produced a poem of immense power. It was one of three winning poems in our One Sentence Poetry Contest, a contest we’ll repeat for the winter issue, opening for entries in mid-August.
Our “Poem of the Week” is a preview of the summer issue of 3rd Wednesday, now at the printer. It’s one of three winning poems from the 3rd edition of our popular “One Sentence Poetry Contest”. It’s the second win for Michigan poet, Jane Wheeler, who can pack a lot of story into a single sentence.
Our “Poem of the Week” is one of three winning poems from this year’s Annual Poetry Contest. Contest judge Robert Fanning said, “…what made these winning poems shine was a line or an image that astonished me, diction that flickered with deeper meaning, and an ear tuned to the extraordinary music of language.”