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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!


Robert 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.

Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.


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