WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ya-du Winner

Learn the winner and Top 10 list for the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the ya-du.
Author:
Publish date:

Here are the results of the Writer's Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the ya-du along with a Top 10 list. (Hopefully, we'll open up the next challenge next Monday.)

Usually, I would link back to the original post to read all the original poems, but we can't do that for this challenge. However, feel free to share your ya-du poems in the comments below.

Here is the winning ya-du:

"Return," by William Preston

From a grey sky
blackbirds fly back,
defying snow
in their slow flight;
bestowing spring as the sky grows bright;

urging the sun
to warm running
brooks underneath
the leaf sheathing;
bequeathing green for when robins sing.

*****

Build an Audience for Your Poetry tutorial

Build an Audience for Your Poetry!

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, William! This poem is not only technically correct, but it's also a beautiful, lyrical, and visual tribute to the return of spring.

Here’s my Top 10 list:

  1. Return, by William Preston
  2. Waiting for Summer, by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming
  3. Seasons, by Nurit Israeli
  4. Year in a Honshu Garden Ya-du, by Margaret Fiske
  5. Seasons of Pandemic, by Jane Shlensky
  6. January 27, by Taylor Graham
  7. Rhode Island, by Sari Grandstaff
  8. Magical Fantasy, by Catherine Martin
  9. On a Clear Evening, by Lisa L. Stead
  10. Awaiting Spring, by Sara McNulty

Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And to everyone who wrote a ya-du!

What Is a Palindrome in Writing?

What Is a Palindrome in Writing?

In this post, we look at what a palindrome is when it comes to writing, including several examples of palindromes.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Set a Trap

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Set a Trap

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, it's time to set a trap.

5 Ways to Add a Refrain to Your Picture Books (and Why You Should)

5 Ways to Add a Refrain to Your Picture Books (and Why You Should)

Children's author Christine Evans shares how repetition is good for growing readers and gives you the tools to write your story's perfect refrain.

From Our Readers

Describe the First Time a Book Transported You to Another/Magical World: From Our Readers (Comment for a Chance at Publication)

This post announces our latest From Our Readers ask: Describe the First Time a Book Transported You to Another/Magical World. Comment for a chance at publication in a future issue of Writer's Digest.

About Us: How to Handle Your Story That Involves Other People

About Us: How to Handle Your Story That Involves Other People

Your story belongs to you but will involve other people. Where do your rights end and theirs begin?

Identifying Your Book's Target Audience

Identifying Your Book's Target Audience

Editor-in-chief Amy Jones navigates how to know your target audience, and how knowing will make your writing stronger.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 575

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a safe poem.

ryoji-iwata-QKHmi6ENAmk-unsplash

I Spy

Every writer needs a little inspiration once and a while. For today's prompt, someone is watching your narrator ... but there's a twist.

Brian Freeman: On "Rebooting" Another Writer's Legacy

Brian Freeman: On "Rebooting" Another Writer's Legacy

In this article, Brian Freeman, author of Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Treachery, discusses how he took up the mantle of a great series and made it his own.