WD Poetic Form Challenge: Magic 9 Winner

Author:
Publish date:

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the magic 9. More than 50 poems made the original cut, then 22 made the next cut, so it was once again a (good) challenge getting down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner.

Read all the magic 9 poems in the comments here.

Here is the winner:

Fireflies, by Jane Shlensky

We run barefoot in the twilight
carrying jars as the first cicada sings.
Fireflies take to velvet night
like embers of fallen stars, floating
and flitting green, their flight
like souls carrying lanterns.
We bear witness, examining their bright
flash in our darkness, learning some things
carry within them their own light.

*****

Build an Audience for Your Poetry!

Build an Audience for Your Poetry tutorial

Learn how to find more readers for your poetry with the Build an Audience for Your Poetry tutorial! In this 60-minute tutorial, poets will learn how to connect with more readers online, in person, and via publication.

Poets will learn the basic definition of a platform (and why it’s important), tools for cultivating a readership, how to define goals and set priorities, how to find readers without distracting from your writing, and more!

Click to continue.

*****

Congratulations, Jane! The combination of nostalgia, rhymes, and meaning made this poem, for me, a tiny masterpiece.

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

  1. Fireflies, by Jane Shlensky
  2. Rehab, by Tracy Davidson
  3. Once Again, the Haiku, by ely the eel
  4. Silver, by Nancy Posey
  5. A Birder's Conundrum, by William Preston
  6. The Other Side of the Road, by Taylor Graham
  7. A Fishy Tale, by Tracy Davidson
  8. Cricket, by timphilippart
  9. your poem, by Jacqueline Hellandback
  10. The Cage, by Connie Peters

Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And to everyone who wrote a magic 9!

Participate in the ovillejo challenge through June 30. Click to continue.

*****

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.

roberttwitterimage

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.

*****

Find more poetic posts here:

Tension in Poetry: The Hidden Art of Line-Writing

Tension in Poetry: The Hidden Art of Line-Writing

Writer and editor Matthew Daddona explains how to easily create tension in your poems and how that adds weight to your message.

Natalie Lund: On Grief and Unanswered Questions in YA Fiction

Natalie Lund: On Grief and Unanswered Questions in YA Fiction

YA author Natalie Lund shares how she handles the subject of death for a YA audience in her latest novel The Sky Above Us.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 13

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a Lucky and/or Unlucky poem.

What Is a Plotter in Writing?

What Is a Plotter in Writing?

The world of storytelling can be broken into many categories and sub-categories, but one division is between plotter and pantser. Learn what a plotter means in writing and how they differ from pantsers here.

Waist vs. Waste (Grammar Rules)

Waist vs. Waste (Grammar Rules)

Learn the differences of waist vs. waste on with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Bridget Foley: On Writing Psychologically Potent Metaphors

Bridget Foley: On Writing Psychologically Potent Metaphors

Novelist Bridget Foley explains the seed that grew into her latest book Just Get Home and how she stayed hopeful in the face of rejection.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a six words poem.

What Is a Pantser in Writing?

What Is a Pantser in Writing?

The world of storytelling can be broken into many categories and sub-categories, but one division is between pantser and plotter. Learn what a pantser means in writing and how they differ from plotters here.