2015 April PAD Challenge: List of Finalists

Note: This is not a list of the final results. That post is currently incomplete, but it can be found here (updated as results are finalized).

Rather, this is a list of every finalist from the 2015 April PAD Challenge. I do have a complete list of finalists, but since the guest judging is done without names attached to the poems, I can’t list them all on the final results post just yet.

There were 300 finalist poems written by 150 poets. That means there were more than a few poets who had multiple finalist poems. Let’s look at that list first.

Poets Who Were Finalists Five or More Days

Here’s a list of poets who were finalists five or more days (in order of number of days and then alphabetically):

  • 11-De Jackson
  • 10-Jane Shlensky (finalist twice on one day–so 11 total poems); Scott Jacobson
  • 9-Amy Miller
  • 8-James Von Hendy
  • 7-Barton Smock
  • 6-C.B. Wentworth; Joseph Harker; Kendall A. Bell; susanjer
  • 5-C. Lynn Shaffer; Jennifer Peach; Julie Germain; Khara House; Marilyn Cavicchia; Nancy Posey


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Poets Who Were Finalists More Than Once (But Fewer Than Five Times)

Here’s a list of poets who were finalists 2-4 days (in order of number of days and then alphabetically):

  • 4-Bruce Niedt; Maria Padhila; Shaindel Beers
  • 3-anindeliblemark; Anthony94; Brian Slusher; carolecole66; Donald Illich; Fae Spurrier; Jo Ann Anglin; kattra; Lara Eckener; Linda G Hatton; Marie Elena Good; Michelle Hed; Mike Jewett; William Preston
  • 2-Angie Werren; Beth Browne; Cameron Steele; Diane Laboda; J. Lynn Sheridan; JR Simmang; Kim King; Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming; Margie Fuston; Martina Dansereau; Nancy Susanna Breen; Nurit Israeli; pamelaraw; Sarah Metzler; SFagan12; Shauna Osborn; Tanaka Mhishi; torigw; Walt Wojtanik

It’s a pretty incredible accomplishment to write a finalist poem for even one day. Often, I had to cut poems I really enjoyed to make it down to 10. Many poets who didn’t make the finalist list every single day are poets with multiple collections published who’ve been writing for decades.

So pat yourself on the back if you were a finalist; don’t beat yourself up if you weren’t. The main goal of this challenge is (and always has been) to write new poems and celebrate poetry. If you did that, you’re a winner.

Poets Who Finalists on One Day

The following are poets who were finalists on one day. There are beginners here, but also well-published poets.

A. R. Amore; akramer; Alemonlot; amore tony; Amy Appleton; Amy Cygnan; Amy Glamos; antelope; Ariana Kramer; Ashley Marie Egan; Barb Peters; Barbara E. Young; blacksnark; Brie Huling; C. Cleo Creech; Caritha Marks; carolemt87; Cathy Dee; Cati Porter; Cavicchia; ChandraEADickson; claudia marie clemente; Daniel Ari; drnurit; Elizabeth; Elle Segarra; Emma Tranter; Essie Rose; fayina; G. Smith; gprcrane; Hannah Gosselin; Hibah Shabkhez; Hyork; IrmaH; Janet Rice Carnahan; Jannelee; jarmandoguzman; Jassmin Rodriguez; Jennifer Weber; jessica therese; jonesy1260; Joseph Hesch; JUST_jerusha; Kaulmer; Kay Winter; Kelli Simpson; Kellie B. Moore; Kelly Morse; Kerry Trautman; Kimiko Martinez; Kimmy Sophia; Linda Hofke; Linda Voit; Liz Shine; Lorraine Caramanna; Lyn Sedwick; lynne james fraser; m_deane; Marcia Jaron Morley; Margot Suydam; Maria Bouka; Maria Grace; Marian O’Brien Paul; Mary Ann Scott; mcumber; Megan Mills; Michelle Murrish; Misky Braendeholm; MutherBear; Nancy Young; Nick Butterfield; Pamela Murray Winters; Pedro Poitevin; Penelope Connor; pipersfancy; pomodoro; Raina Masters; RJ Clarken; S. Thomas Summers; Sara Diane Doyle; Sara McNulty; Sara Ramsdell; sdwells; seingraham; Sibella; simplymarian; stephamm; Stephanie Miller; storysmith; Susan Burch; Tatsuro Nakajima; Taylor Graham; toujourskari; uneven steven; Vicky Nall; Vince Gotera; Vivian Wagner

Some of my favorite poets are in this list of one-time finalists. So what does it mean if your name is not on any of these lists? Nothing.

Maybe you had poems in the top 15, 25, 50. I mean, each day had so many poems written by so many talented poets with only a finite number of finalists filtered through one or two subjective readers.

Feel encouraged by accomplishment, but don’t let rejection or non-recognition discourage you. Stay true to your writing and everything else will follow.

For those wondering: Yes, the final results will be updated as they filter in. Yes, I’ve taken too long this year with the whole process. Yes, I feel horrible about it. Yes, I know what went wrong and have given A LOT of thought into how to improve the process next year. Yes, there will be a next year (unless it’s already 2016 in your neck of the woods–then, it’s this year).

Happy New Year!


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28 thoughts on “2015 April PAD Challenge: List of Finalists

  1. Anthony94

    Thank you to this great writing community and congratulations to all writers who engage with the muse at whatever level works for you and to those who received recognition beyond the achievement of the excellence of accomplishment. Mr. B, thank you for the tremendous work entailed, as a former editor I can relate a little bit to the daunting task–sheer numbers! Happy New Year everyone.

  2. KarenAWK1

    I had high hopes, but alas…perhaps next time.
    Congratulations to all of you who placed and won! Nice job!
    Look forward to receiving my purchased book to see all the winning poems.
    On a brighter note for myself…five of my April ’15 poems will be published in a Poetry book.
    I am quickly learning that subjectivity is a personal choice.
    Perhaps I wasn’t a finalist with WD’s Poetic Asides…this time,
    but another publisher thought my poems worthy of print, and I am grateful and thrilled!
    Thanks for this opportunity and my thirty new winning poems – because I succeeded in this challenge.
    Thanks for the update, Robert. Congrats again to winners and all who participated too!

  3. lsteadly

    What an awesome way to ring in the new year! Congratulations to all of the finalists and huge kudos to all those poets who didn’t make the list but wrote great poems nonetheless. I truly enjoyed reading such a fantastic variety of work generated by nothing more than each individual’s interpretation of nothing more than a word or phrase. This challenge helped me focus on writing and making it a priority in my life and for that i am grateful.

    And a HUGE thank you, Robert, for making this all possible. Please don’t beat yourself up over the delays – what an enormous undertaking from start to finish. I can’ imagine the amount of time spent on this, so please, no worries. And thank you to everyone who took part in this challenge, for it was all of you who gave me such inspiration through your poems as well as your words of encouragement. I am looking forward to what this April brings us! Happy New Year everyone!!!

    1. ppfautsch24

      Thank you, Mr. Brewer for the update and congratulations to the finalist! I have enjoyed the forum and have learned so much from the amazing poets on the site! Looking forward to poetry writing 2016!

  4. cbwentworth

    Congrats to all the finalists! I enjoyed reading everyone’s poetry during this challenge. Some of my favorites made the cut, while others have me wishing they were in the Top 10. Either way, it’s clear this community is full of incredibly talented writers. I’m in total shock to see my name listed with so many amazing poets! As the new year begins, I’m even more motivated to write my little haikus.

    With all Poetic Asides does for poets, an apology for delayed results is hardly necessary. This challenge was an incredible (and free) opportunity that really isn’t available anywhere else. The process itself and the warmth of this community made the challenge worthwhile regardless of the results. I’ll be patiently waiting and writing some more poetry. 🙂

    Happy New Year!!

  5. KM

    A fabulous list of finalists! The best thing about the PAD 2015 challenge was finding the discipline, and mustering the creative juices, to write something every day. Much more about process than end results for me personally, but I loved reading so many amazing poems, and “meeting” such a supportive and talented group of poets.

    1. tobysgirl

      Also, thank you for posting this information, Robert, and also doing it in alphabetical order. It’s good info to start my new year with and I appreciate it. To the finalists – congratulations!

    2. James Von Hendy

      Hi tobysgirl,

      The answer depends on the policy of the places you want to submit your work to. Check their guidelines. Many publications, online or print, specifically state that any online posting of work, including self-posting poems on the Poetic Asides blog or personal blogs, count as “previously published,” and that they don’t accept previously published submissions.

  6. Sarah Metzler

    Thanks for the update and your encouragement. Please don’t feel too “horrible” about the late results. I think I was more frustrated with myself for my own obsessive checking than with the absence of results. Approval seeking can be a tough monkey to shake off of one’s back. I appreciate the connection with the writing community that you provide through your Poetic Asides blog. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the PAD.

  7. Marie Elena

    Thank you for the update, Robert. Your apology is also very much appreciated … but I must say that you do a fabulous job for poets across the world. What else could we ask of you? Happy New Year to you and your family, and to all the poets represented here at Poetic Asides. 🙂

    1. PKP

      Love PAD – Love ‘The Street” – adore the connections with other poets and Robert’s promlts snd poems all year long for all these long years. ‘ – I am not at all “loving” a 9 month wait for complete results. Writers must comply with deadlines with infrequently. a bit of wiggle room for an emergency,..there are no such considerations guven in contests or journal submission deadlines … Now,the time taken for this update the remaining days could have easily been ranked and posted. At this point I’m more interested in the mystery of why this became such s huge deal …
      I surely have no great expectations of placing anywhere … but a wait of this length of time once entries were reduced by tge poet readers is .. well…just a little odd. This has nothing tondo with my affection for RLB. and his success in creating a blog and a community of poets .however in the same way I woukd not submit my chapbook in March and expect consideration – I do not think that this wait time is reasonable. I think anyone who has ever taught 5 classes of English with perhaps 30 students in each class might feel the same. Having said all this … want to wish each and all a Happy, Healthy, PeaceFULL … Sweet 2016 ❤️❤️


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