WD Poetic Form Challenge: Zejel Winner - Writer's Digest

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Zejel Winner

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

Learn the winner and Top 10 list for the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the zejel.

Image placeholder title

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the zejel along with a Top 10 list.

Read all of them here.

Here is the winning zejel:

Figment, by RJ Clarken

The old swing set is weather-worn;
bare, save for bee and garden thorn.

Once upon a time, children played.
They jumped and climbed, so unafraid.
Now they're long gone, like time's charade.
Gone, save for bee and garden thorn.

Youth may be wasted on the young.
Lingering ghosts where kids had swung,
where often upside down they'd hung.
Now, only bee and garden thorn.

The wood, it rots. There's trails of rust.
Where once were games, there's only just
some apparitions, once robust.
Still, save for bee and garden thorn.

*****

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, RJ! I enjoyed the rhythm, but I think this one spoke to me for its nostalgia paired with the refrain, "save for bee and garden thorn."

Here’s my Top 10 list:

  1. Figment, by RJ Clarken
  2. Spotted in the Distance: A Rural Scene, by William Preston
  3. To Zejel, by Harvey Brodsky
  4. Maybe Later, by Ron Wright
  5. Mattresses, by Robbie Ann Lewis
  6. Night Garden, by Jessica Haight
  7. School at the Wild Edge, by Taylor Graham
  8. Grief, by Kim Hart
  9. Wild Vine, by Brian Nemerow
  10. Mimi, by rebwood

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

Major_10:24

Three Keys to Crafting Chemistry Between Characters

Romance author Michelle Major explains her three go-to tips for ensuring your characters have believable chemistry.

Saving Money on Your Screenwriting Career

Take Two: Saving Money on Your Screenwriting Career

No one wants to break the bank to learn how to write a screenplay. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman shares practical tips on saving money on the pursuit of a screenwriting career.

richard_adams_watership_down_quotes_a_rabbit_has_two_ears_a_rabbit_has_two_eyes_two_nostrils_they_ought_to_be_together_not_fighting

10 Epic Quotes From Watership Down, by Richard Adams

Here are 10 epic quotes from Watership Down, by Richard Adams. The story of a group of rabbits who escape an impending danger to find a new home, Watership Down is filled with moments of survival, faith, friendship, fear, and hope.

WD Poetic Form Challenge

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Quintilla Winner

Learn the winner and Top 10 list for the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the quintilla.

plot_twist_story_prompts_fight_or_flight_robert_lee_brewer

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Fight or Flight

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

Garfield

Vintage WD: 10 Rules for Suspense Fiction

John Grisham once admitted that this article from 1973 helped him write his thrillers. In it, author Brian Garfield shares his go-to advice for creating great suspense fiction.

Pennington_10:21

The Chaotically Seductive Path to Persuasive Copy

In this article, author, writing coach, and copywriter David Pennington teaches you the simple secrets of excellent copywriting.

Grinnell_Literary Techniques

Using Literary Techniques in Narrative Journalism

In this article, author Dustin Grinnell examines Jon Franklin’s award-winning article Mrs. Kelly’s Monster to help writers master the use of literary techniques in narrative journalism.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 545

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 cleaning poem.