WD Poetic Form Challenge: Dizain Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the dizain. There were a lot of great dizains, but only 10 can make the Top 10 list and just one can win.

Read all the dizains here.

So here is the winner:

Firsts, by Jane Shlensky

First frost and leaves turn yellow, red, and gold
as trees spend shorter moments in the sun
challenging color palettes to be bold,
telling the world that winter has begun
with autumn’s leaves dropping down, one by one.
First kiss and hearts whisper of days to come,
when thoughts add up to loving, sum by sum.
Then longing deepens like October skies.
At last, we feel first frost beat like a drum
that marks time in the breath of all our sighs.


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Congratulations, Jane!

Here’s a complete look at my Top 10 list:

  1. Firsts, by Jane Shlensky
  2. Burning, by Rosemary Nissen-Wade
  3. Regrets, by Tracy Davidson
  4. Getaway in the Red Rocket, by Taylor Graham
  5. Driving the Backroads, by Anthony94
  6. Image, by RJ Clarken
  7. Spirits Bound, by Lisa L Stead
  8. A 60 Year Old Kid at Play, by Karen Wilson
  9. Slip, by carolyngrace
  10. Last Mystery for Ken and Me, by Dawn Kvernenes

Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And to everyone who wrote a dizain!


roberttwitterimageRobert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which means he maintains this blog, edits a couple Market Books (Poet’s Market and Writer’s Market), writes a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine, leads online education, speaks around the country on publishing and poetry, and a lot of other fun writing-related stuff.

He loves learning new (to him) poetic forms and trying out new poetic challenges. He is also the author of Solving the World’s Problems.

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7 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Dizain Winner

  1. BDP

    Congratulations, Jane–a nice poem. And congrats to the other top 10ers, with a special shout-out to Rosemary, who wrote a connecting slew of interesting and at times touching dizains.. I also love William Preston’s “Derelict”–a poem submitted quite early in the challenge–so much so that I used it for one of the November challenges: take another person’s poem and write yours as a model or response.

  2. PressOn

    Congratulations, Jane. I love this piece, especially “… thoughts add up to loving, sum by sum.” Congratulations also to everybody else in the top ten, and to all who submitted entries for this wonderful form.

  3. Jane Shlensky

    I’ve been in such a funk with my broken finger and carpal tunnel mess that I’ve felt as if my poetry is equally painful. This comes as a welcome pick-me-up. Thank you, Robert, and congrats to the top tenners and everyone who gives these challenges a shot. They’re always so educational and fun, and nobody can beat the sweetness of the batch of participants at Poetic Asides. Love y’all.


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