AW Poetry Contest - RESULTS

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Congratulations, entrants, on an excellent array of poems. And thank you, all you readers and voters, for your interest and support. We ended with fifty-nine voters altogether, twenty-one of whom were contestants. So the volunteer turnout was strong indeed!

Particular thanks to you who carried the banner throughout the forums. Spare a thought for dear, departed VOTE_BOT, who worked so tirelessly to drum up interest. (Well, robots wouldn't get tired, but you know.)

I've added the authors' usernames to the contest entries, for the besotted and the merely curious.

And now, the winners:

Sixth place: #22, Space, by Stylo

Fifth place: #24, The Journey Back, by Steppe

Fourth place: #10, The Infinity of Minutes, by William Haskins

Third place: #8, Give Me Space, by Ambrosia

Second place: #5, Finding Ancestors on the Internet, by Demeter

And First Place...

#18, Dear Sir, by Katol

Congratulations to all the winners. See you all at the next contests!
 
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Wow, congrats to everyone and particularly anyone who can tally up the votes that fast!! Me and my abacus would take weeks!!! ;)
 

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Wow! Thrilled to be placed :D Congratulations to Katol for winning, and well done to everyone who entered -- such an interesting mix of styles to choose from :)
 
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​​congratulations to the winners.
 

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My heartiest congratulations to everyone who submitted, and everyone who voted, and to Poetinhat for his fine work on this contest, and to AW for making it all possible.

Special congratulations to those who placed especially # 1 Katol, # 2 Demeter, and # 3 Ambrosia. Prizes will be mailed as soon as chosen, or whenever the next owl is available.
 

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congrats, Katol, I really enjoyed your piece (well done and entertaining, what more could one ask from poetry?), even if it didn't make to my last three. judging this contest has been incredibly difficult for me, because i found kinship with so many entries. truly i was torn between a good eleven entries up to (almost) the last minute.

so guys, if you didn't place it wasn't because your work lacked merit. you can be sure of that. this was the best poetry contest i've associated with in years. great job, all. thanks Rob and Steppe for all your work, Cass, Kylabelle. William, Vote-Bot and the rest of the gang for keeping the fires lit.
 
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Katol

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OH MY GOD!! Guys - what the?? Talk about gob-smacked. I am literally shaking right now. There were so many great poems in there and I get to win? I am so totally honoured and will probably now have to have a stiff drink - sod the fact that it's only 5pm. Thanks to everyone who thought my poem was good enough to vote for and congrats to everyone. Now, where's the brandy...;)
 

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Katol, it's just shy of 11 am here, but I would join you for a brandy. :D Congratulations on placing 1st. Your poem was very entertaining. I enjoyed it immensely.


So many good poems. Everyone who entered should be proud of what they submitted.
 

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Agreed. It was a great group of poems, and quite a lot of variety.

Katol, I enjoyed your poem very much.
 

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Great job. As far as I'm concerned with the quality (except the one I put in), everyone won.
 

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Lovely! Congrats to all!

I'd be interested to see the number of votes (even privately, if that's not something to share publicly) because only one of my choices placed. I'm curious to know if anyone liked what I liked!
 

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Sarita, me too. I know for the writing for kids contest the ranking was shared, at least, but I don't think the number of votes was....
 

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Very cool. Congrats to all, winner or not. Some interesting poems, a wide range, and a lot of fun to think about and choose.
 

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If a poem got next to no votes, the poet might unnecessarily feel rotten about it. I know. I'm no fun.

The other thing I'd love to know -- but it probably would not be right to tell us -- is how the vote broke down between poets (those who submitted and poetry forum regulars) vs. non-poets. I have a feeling the results would not be the same.

Like Sarita, my own list of the top 6 looks different. It shares a couple of contenders, in a different order. And I was crushed not to see number 32 among the winners (though of course relieved not to see number 28).

It might be interesting to know how close the call was among the winners...
 

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I expect to have come in last, always, so that solves that problem. (Um, unless I didn't....)

Guessing that someone will feel bad doesn't seem to be a useful decision vector, but it isn't up to me. Maybe that's a good thing.
 

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Congratulations, everyone! It was a tough call, voting -- I know it took *me* days of reading and re-reading and winnowing.

What a really excellent job you've done, here. Thank you!
 

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Thank you, Mac! It's really an exciting development.

(I'm still hoping these can be pulled together into a book, somehow.)
 

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I have no dog in this fight, and no feelings to be hurt.

but I just don't see what we gain by knowing who came in 26th of 26, and by how much.

I would really enjoy discussing some of these poems individually, without comparing them to one another at all.
 

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Congrats to teh fine poets listed above - winners in more than one way, no doubt!!!

Also did try to "pick the poet" and required "space" to appear in title or poem. I did vote for one of the top 6 and almost voted for two others that placed. Thanks again to all involved in this contest, it was poetry in motion...it was fun!
 

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