WD Poetic Form Challenge: Landay Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the landay. There were a lot of great landays, but only 10 can be finalists and just one can win.

Read all the landays here.

Here is the winner:

Georgia Meets Frida, by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming

Braids intertwine in the courtyard hot
sleeping dog twitches dreaming of hard-as-rock dry bone

Desert antlers vine like lush jungle
tendrils wrapping around a woman lying in death

Blush of pink in blue music series
the evening star Venus winks above sunset golden

Spines untangle into two ladders
mothers climbing up to the moon over Pedernal

Two feminist artists paint their lives
open doors green and black for their daughters to pass through


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Congratulations again, Lelawattee! I enjoyed the juxtaposition of painters (Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo) and images in your landay.

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

  1. Georgia Meets Frida, by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming
  2. Song to the Brother, by Jane Shlensky
  3. The Dance of Words, by Nurit Israeli
  4. Cost of Scarves at the Shelter, by Anthony94
  5. Deep Regret, by Ken Bentz
  6. The Poet Rejects Pop Psychology, by Nancy Posey
  7. On Quartz Hill, by Taylor Graham
  8. “Across the ocean there stands a tree,” by Sasha A. Palmer
  9. Waiting Out a White-out, by William Preston
  10. Wasting, by Tracy Davidson

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


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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8 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Landay Winner

  1. Nurit Israeli

    Congratulations, Lelawattee, for a well-deserved honor. Your winning poem is wonderful! Congratulations to all others who won. Honored to be in such good company and grateful to Robert for challenging me yet again to try something new.

  2. Jane Shlensky

    Lelawattee, that landay is a WINNER! So beautiful and I love both these artists, adding another dimension. Well done. Congrats to all those top tenners, my dear friends. This form was new to me and challenging as always, Robert. Thanks for keeping us trying new forms and angles of vision.

    1. Asha1000

      Thank you, Jane. I really appreciate your comment and I am happy to learn that you love these two artists as well. Congratulations to you too on making the top ten.

  3. Asha1000

    Oh, thank you, Robert, Sasha and William! I am just now seeing this and I’m so proud to be in the company of such wonderful poets. Still trying to wrap my head around winning this challenge. Yes, Sasha, it is a lovely form and I did enjoy writing this poem. Congratulations to everyone.


  4. PressOn

    I think Sasha has it right: mesmerizing indeed is the right word to describe this fine piece. Congratulations to Lelawattee and to everybody else who finished in the top ten. Thank you again, Robert, for introducing the forms and providing these opportunities.


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