2010 Poetry Award Winner: JAVELINA

Karin Bradberry’s “Javelina” took first place in WD’s 5th Annual Poetry Awards competition, taking home $500 in prize money. Read her winning entry here.
Author:
Publish date:

We nestled under the willows
on a sunny December day
like a family of javelina.

Walking upriver, we’d inspected
beaver dams.
Amazed by their industry, then sated by lunch,
we nestled under the willows.

We’d shuffled through the dusty leaves,
seeking a suitable spot to lie down
like a family of javelina.

Watching a crested kingfisher
on the banks of the Gila River,
we nestled under the willows.

Overcome by the quiet warmth,
we fell into gentle snores
like a herd of javelina.

No boundaries between us,
Three sisters, a mate and a son,
we nestled under the willows
like a family of javelina.
-—Karin Bradberry

Learn the tips and tricks of writing poetry and getting it published:
The Everything Writing Poetry Book

Image placeholder title

Become a WD VIP and Save 10%:
Get a 1-year pass to WritersMarket.com, a 1-year subscription to Writer's Digest magazine and 10% off all WritersDigestShop.com orders! Click here to join.

Also check out these Writer's Digest's bestsellers:

Poet's Market
Poetry Dictionary
Writing Metrical Poetry
Creating Poetry
Writing The Life Poetic
Get Your Poetry Published - OnDemand Webinar
Writer's Digest 10 Years of Writer's Digest: 2000-2009
Writer's Digest Magazine One-Year Subscription

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a remix poem.

Omeara_11:27

Going Viral: Writing From the Hopeful Heart

Author Kitty O'Meara shares her experience of going viral online and how that lead to some exciting publishing opportunities.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a what's next poem.

plot_twist_story_prompts_an_invitation_robert_lee_brewer

Plot Twist Story Prompts: An Invitation

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, give a character an invitation.

Vintage WD_Conder Soule 11:26

Vintage WD: Poetry without Rhyme—Or Even Thees and Thous

In this article from 1977, children’s writer and poet Jean Conder Soule explores the question, “How will I know when I’ve written a poem?”

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a thankful poem.

Richard_11:24

Building Better Worlds: Five Tips to Guide Your Planning Process

Writer and WD editor Moriah Richard shares her top advice to help you fight world-building overwhelm and organize your story.

March_11:25

Why I Write Mysteries

Mystery writer Nev March shares how she found herself writing historical mysteries and what she hopes readers will get from her storytelling.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write an exaggerated poem.