The Results Are In!
To start off, let me say a couple of things. The poetry entered in this contest was phenomenal! Really, it was so hard to choose winners, and everybody should be really proud of what they wrote. Second, let me restate the prizes that will be awarded to those who won and/or those who entered. Please note that the prizes may be slightly different than what was on the contest requirements. Those were just a rough blueprint.
First place will receive me as a fan, comments on three writing pieces, and you can have me read three pieces of your choice (excluding novels and erotica). You will also be featured on my profile.
Second place will receive me as a fan, comments on two writing pieces, and you can have me read two pieces of your choice (excluding novels and erotica). You will also be featured on my profile.
Third place will receive me as a fan, comments on one writing piece, and you can have me read one writing piece of your choice (excluding novels and erotica). You will also be featured on my profile.
Runners-up will receive me as a fan and comments on one writing piece. You will also be featured on my profile.
Note: This goes for anybody who entered the contest. If I am already your fan, then I fanning you can be replaced with a comment on a piece of your choice.
In third place, we have author HonestyAndCapacity, with the poem Ode to Natalia. This is a wonderful poem about love and hardships, and it really captured my attention well. Good job, HonestyAndCapacity! I was really surprised with the quality of this poem!
We have a tie for second place, between authors Effy Roams and Declan Mckimm. Effy Roams wrote an amazing poem called Let Me Sleep Away. This poem is about an abusive father who pushes his family to the brink of death. Literally. The mother commits suicide, and eventually, the daughter wants to be just like her mother and follows her footsteps. I found this poem very emotional and extremely well written. Declan Mckimm wrote a poem called Kissing Her Goodnight. From how I interpreted it, this was about an old man who had watched his lover pass away. It talks about how, in the now, her ribs have become bony and her fingernails "black with age." It also talks about their wonderful past with their loving memories. This poem was also well writte and highly emotional. These authors did an outstanding job, better that what I could have pulled off.
And finally, the winner of my very first poetry contest is author Velleon with the poem Empty Gray Skies. Using the analogy of grey skies to explain this love that is going on in this poem, and eventually the loss, is beyond pure genius. This author is amazing, and I really do think that Velleon was a great contender to win.
The runners-up are Gus Sellars, with the poem Journey into the Midnight Woods, and JoelatRpg, with the poem I Miss Spring. Both of these poems were outstanding as well, and I am sorry that they did not make the winner's circle. All of the poems entered in this contest are winning material, and the authors who entered this contest should be proud of their work.