WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sonnet Winner

As expected, there was a lot of interest in the sonnet challenge. And it was a fun experience to judge all those 14-line poems, but only one could come out on top and be in the July/August issue of Writer’s Digest. The winner is Bruce Niedt for his sonnet “Two Writers.”

Bruce actually threw himself into this challenge so much that I think he now has a collection worth of sonnets to assemble. Go read them in the comments of the original post. As many of you probably are aware, Bruce also recently guest posted on writing groups (click here to read that).

Without further ado, here is the winning poem:

Two Writers, by Bruce Niedt

We went for coffee that June afternoon,
beneath a deck of building clouds, and sat
outdoors, the bistro patio festooned
with marigolds. And there I told you that
I missed the way we used to share our craft,
how poetry would pull us through the miles.
I told some funny anecdotes; you laughed.
We made shop-talk about our different styles.
The sunlit awning washed our faces red,
but faded just as we began to write.
The rain, staccato, drummed above our heads.
We finished and we shared, and yet despite
our feverish pens, we left a panoply
of words unsaid, beneath that canopy.


Please congratulate, Bruce! But also congratulate these other poets who made the Top 10 list:

  1. “Two Writers,” by Bruce Niedt
  2. “Wrote This Just After You Left,” by Yoly
  3. “I Am the Sea,” by Laurie Kolp
  4. “Estate Sale,” by Laura Heidy-Halberstein
  5. “Monsters,” by Taylor Graham
  6. “The Boat,” by Connie L. Peters
  7. “Pony Express Rider,” by Mel Goldberg
  8. “Kiss and Ride,” by Bruce Niedt
  9. “Crossroads,” by Marie Elena
  10. “Poetry Prescription,” by Margaret Fieland

I’d also like to thank everyone who participated. As many of you know, I find it difficult to pick a winner and to even get the list down to a Top 10, because there are so many great poems offered at every challenge.

Speaking of challenges, another one should appear on this blog either later today or tomorrow.


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out previous winners in Writer’s Digest!

The winners of these
poetic form challenges end up in the pages of Writer’s
. For instance, Bruce’s poem above should appear in the July/August
2011 issue. So keep up with the printed Poetic Asides column while learning so
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  1. S.E.Ingraham

    Nicely done Bruce – I knew you’d won but only made it back here to read your poem today and, as expected, you deserved to win – at least in this poet’s opinion. As old as the ages, I still find the sonnet one of the more challenging forms – you’ve done it proud. Congrats to all who placed – esp Laurie and Connie (BD’s magic dust spread again!).

  2. ElmaMae

    Don’t jump into the fire; you might get burned.
    Might? I dare to say there’s no doubt ’bout it!

    People who live in glass houses…uh huh –
    Throwing stones is seldom a good idea.

    Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.
    Oh, brother! How can I live by faith then?

    Hey, diddle diddle, cat with a fiddle –
    How can you expect me to believe that?

    Little Jack Horner sat in a corner –
    May I have a piece of your pie, dear Jack?

  3. ElmaMae

    Title: CHALLNGED

    Oh, I’m challenged! How about that, I say!
    Poetry is fun; yes, I want to play.

    I’ve got ten fingers, thus I’m set to go.
    Ready to match wits with others, you know.

    Challenge number one: I’ve gotta count ten;
    Doing e-mail, I won’t need a pen, then –

    Off to the races! Challenge number two –
    I’m going to try to emphasize for you –

    Challenge number three, humorous, that’s me:
    Laughing, dancing round, up then down, you see.

  4. Linda Simoni-Wastila

    Congrats to all! Sonnets are tough (for me, anyway) and it’s super to see so many familar names of poets whose work I admire.

    Super congrats to Bruce – I’ve enjoyed your poems for at least 3 (4?) years and your sonnet is superb. Peace…

  5. Marie Elena

    Wow! Stopped in at the Laurelville library to plug in, check work e-mail, and grab today’s prompt. What a surprise!! Thank you sooooo much, Robert, and to all of you wonderful poets who continue to inspire and teach. Congratulations, Bruce!!! And all the top ten’rs! Can’t wait to plug back in to read your sonnets again. =)

    And Walt? Thanks a ton, Pard. 😉

  6. Laura Hohlwein

    Like New

    The crocus doesn’t know
    the world is going to hell

    This slate grey sky doesn’t know
    its silver clouds look wan and tired.

    The discovered species

    is not new to itself
    (bug with the giraffe neck)

    The worm does not know
    it was Richard. (kind-of)

    I cut it in half with a shovel.
    I am sorry.

    But part of it crawls off
    in its very first moment.

    shocked, alive
    like new.

  7. LBC

    Congratulations, Bruce – an excellent sonnet – and an impressive list of talented poets in the top ten list. I am honored to post among you in the PAD Challenge.
    Robert, excellent choice!
    Lorraine Caramanna

  8. Patricia A. Hawkenson

    Bruce, What a wide-ranging and impressive array of your talent! Your work is a true: panoply. 🙂 KUDOS and flag waving for your efforts.

    To the short list: Your skills are to be admired. I find Sonnet writing a challenge. You inspire me to try again. CONGRATULATIONS!

  9. Janet Rice Carnahan

    Congratulations to Bruce for winning the sonnet contest! Two on the list makes you a double winner . . . oh, my! How wonderful is that? Your work always stands out, Bruce!

    Congratulations to all the others too. Way to go, Connie! Great to see your name, Laurie Kolp! Oh, so proud of you, Marie Elena, you go, Girl! Yeah, Mel Goldberg! How wonderful, Yoly! Taylor Graham, always a true “A” lister! Good going, Margaret Fieland! I don’t know your work, Laura H.–H. but congratulations to you too! So happy to know most of you through your work here! Way to add such talent to poetry! Fantastic job all!

  10. Laurie Kolp

    Congratulations, Bruce… and finalists!

    Robert, I am truly honored and humbled to be included in this list of fine poets. Thank you!

    Thanks all for your kind words and support. I have posted the sonnet on my blog (please click on my name).

  11. Walt Wojtanik

    I am very pleased to see your name topping the list (and making it twice) Bruce. Not a single name here is unfamiliar to me, I enjoy all of your works.
    Laurie, Connie, Margaret, Yoly, you are all making great strides in your expression and presentation of poetry. Impressive work. Taylor, Mel and Laura, you all craft with consistency and flair. And Marie Elena? It’s good to know that your poetry is getting recognition on its own. Now, do you understand why I wanted to collaborate with you "Across the Lake". I know I can take a day off, and your poetry will still keep us afloat. Great work Poets. Continued success.

  12. Yoly

    Congratulations, Bruce. How lovely your sonnet be. 🙂
    Congratulations to all the finalist. Awesome work.
    Thank you, Robert for placing my sonnet among all the lovely entries.
    I am pleasantly s,urprised, humbled and honored.

  13. PKP aka Pearl Ketover Prilik

    Congratulations to all finalists and
    YAY!!! Bruce… sonnet was absolutely lush and gorgeous…I can feel and smell the rain.. .could cite each word but especially your ending which honored the rest of this remarkable piece… "we left a panoply
    of words unsaid, beneath that canopy"
    Congratulations again… !!!!

  14. de jackson

    Yaaaaaaaay, Bruce! Bruce’s poems always stand out, and this one lives up to his very familiar name. Wonderful piece, and I can’t wait to hunt down and read the other winning poems, too. So fun to see such familiar names on this list, some much-loved poets I’ve had the honor of following for quite some time now. Thank you, Robert, for these awesome challenges!