WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ovillejo Winner

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Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the ovillejo. More than 30 poems made the original cut before I was able to get it down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner.

Read all the ovillejo poems in the comments here.

Here is the winner:

Painting the Lake, by Taylor Graham

How to paint the spectrum of light?
An egret's flight.

She seeks a landscape in her brush--
a sort of hush.

No answer but blue, flake by flake,
ripples the lake.

And still she paints for painting's sake--
not perspective, the eye's blind reach,
but light, and what the shadows teach.
An egret's flight. A sort of hush ripples the lake.


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Congratulations, Taylor!

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

  1. Painting the Lake, by Taylor Graham
  2. The Old Man at Midnight, by William Preston
  3. Cipher, by RJ Clarken
  4. Rainy Days and Fun Days, by ely the eel
  5. Denial After Years of Oil and Olay, by Nancy Posey
  6. The Clouds Know Things, by De Jackson
  7. Monsters, by Tracy Davidson
  8. Transformation, by Paula Wanken
  9. Passion Flower and Catnip Tea, by DMK
  10. Two Boys on the Beach, by Annie Doyle Newcomer

Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And to everyone who wrote an ovillejo!

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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.


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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