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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Magic 9 Winner

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.

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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!

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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.

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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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