2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Results

The 2014 November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge results are in, and I can’t wait to share the winner. I always shoot for Groundhog Day to make the big announcement, but I don’t always hit that mark. The only reason I’m a day off this time around is that the competition was so fierce.

A little more than 100 chapbook manuscripts were entered, and many of them would’ve been in the running as a finalist in previous years. It made for great reading, but it also made for great anxiety in figuring out finalists–let alone a winner!

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It was tough to pick a winner, but pick a winner I did: A Good Passion, by Barbara Young.

Congratulations, Barbara!

Here are a few poems from A Good Passion:

“About the Language and Inevitable Death,” by Barbara Young

Once upon a time
and this is before you
or I or your mother or
the dry disappearing women
who live under bridges
were born, words –some
words– had different meanings
than today’s.
Night, for instance.
And Alone.     Alone, alone
could fill all the space between all the yellow cities
on the map with
hollow, a hollow more empty than the echo
of the emptiest of moved from homes, dust
where the dresser was, a penny, half a toothpick.
But we use ancestors’ words
to name the things we know. And call the yellow
night sky black. And say he died
and went to hell.

 

“Jericho Road,” by Barbara Young

Blind Bartimaus, they called him
before the miracle.

What was he, to himself, after?
I lost weight once.

Never in my own mind, though.
Gained back more.

And never became that person,
revised, either. Tell me

Blind man, about the aftermath
of your miracle.

 

“XX,” by Barbara Young

A kiss
so sweet I
hit
repeat

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Again, congratulations, Barbara!

But wait! There’s more!

I have, of course, picked a few other chapbooks to recognize as well. While I could list more than a dozen that gave A Good Passion a run for its money, here are the Top 5 chapbooks, including the winner:

  1. A Good Passion, by Barbara Young
  2. A Nest of Shadormas, by William Preston
  3. The Staircase Before You, by Jess(i)e Marino
  4. Lives Other Than Our Own, by James Von Hendy
  5. 1991 Winter, by Marilyn Braendeholm

Congratulations to all the finalists! And to everyone who entered!

I often receive notes of success from poets who’ve entered these challenges and found success with their poems–both individually and as collections–elsewhere. I expect great things from the poems and collections submitted this year!

And remember: the 2015 April PAD Challenge is just around the corner!

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roberttwitterimageRobert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of the poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He edits Poet’s Market, Writer’s Market, and Guide to Self-Publishing, in addition to writing a free weekly WritersMarket.com newsletter and poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine.

He enjoyed the 2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, and he is looking forward to the 2015 April PAD Challenge!

Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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25 thoughts on “2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Results

  1. walcottisabel

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  2. Hannah

    Congratulations indeed, to Barbara and to the other four finalists, too!! A round of applause to all that took on the challenge this year…a pat on the back to myself as well…even though I forgot to submit!! Next year….I just love writing everyday…it makes my Novembers more joyful.

    And on that note…Thank you, so much, Robert for hosting these challenges and everything that entails including the hours of reading and judging!

    :)’s and happy future challenges to us all!

  3. Hannah

    Just AWESOME!!

    Congratulations indeed, to Barbara and to the other four finalists, too!! A round of applause to all that took on the challenge this year…a pat on the back to myself as well…even though I forgot to submit!! Next year….I just love writing everyday…it makes my Novembers more joyful.

    And on that note…Thank you, so much, Robert for hosting these challenges and everything that entails including the hours of reading and judging!

    :)’s and happy future challenges to us all!

  4. BDP

    Hello, BY: I love the 3 poems posted above. Congrats to you for 1st place and to the other top 5 winners. P.S. William: I enjoyed reading each and every one of your shadormas over the month of November. Your title is perfect.

  5. PressOn

    Congratulations, Barbara, and to all the finalists, which I take to be at least a dozen, according to Robert. Thank you, Robert, for a dilly of a challenge.

  6. solanoiva245

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  7. De Jackson

    Oh! OH! Yay!
    I cannot WAIT to hold b’s book in my hands! :)!!!!
    Congratulations, barbara. Your work astounds me, always. So well deserved.
    And congratulations to the finalists! Especially my incredibly talented friends Mr. Preston and Misky (aka Marilyn).

  8. ReathaThomasOakley

    Congratulations, Barbara, and the finalists. Your work throughout November amazed, inspired, and challenged.

    Robert, what a difficult job you must have had! Well done.

    Now, on to April! (And, tomorrow!)

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