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CWC Members listen as David Poston, Co-Contest Chair reads Poetry Contest Judge Terri Kirby Erickson's credentials before announcing the winners of this year's poetry contest.

David Poston, Co-Contest Chair announces the winners of this year's poetry contest.

Judge: Terri Kirby Erickson

1st Place: Randy White for "Bone Dry, 1935'
2nd Place: Timothy Sandobrn for "A Memory of Sound"
John McGillicuddy for "The Great Blue Heron"

 John McGillicuddy reads from his entry The Great Blue Heron.

The judge had these comments: "The Great Blue Heron" is a fine descriptive piece with a few unusual and interesting metaphors, and an ending that reminds readers that however much we appreciate the beauty around us, our world is continuously moving and changing—each moment giving way to the next—impossible to hold onto except in memory.

 Timothy Sanborn reads from his entry A Memory of Sound.

The judge had these comments: "A Memory of Sound" is the sort of poem that whisks us from our immediate surroundings into another realm, entirely—the croaking, chirping, natural world of the narrator's distant past, which is at once charming and poignant in light of the poem's final image.

Randy White reads from his entry Bone Dry, 1935.

The judge had these comments: "Bone Dry, 1935"  This fine poem brings to the forefront, in vivid and visceral detail, how farmers in this country, no matter how hardworking and determined, are at the mercy of the elements at every turn. The final phrase of the poem, "get to packing," is particularly impactful and memorable in this day and age, when family farms are on the decline and corporate-owned farms are becoming more and more the norm.

Dannye Romine Powell was a wealth of information about why, where and when to submit to magazines.

“This game is random and subjective,” Dannye Romine Powell said. Sending your projects out is hard work. Waiting for a response tests your resolve and rejection is hard, “the scales fall from your eyes” she said and then revising begins. Powell likes Submittable, says it makes it easier to submit work in batches.  “Duotrope has taught me there are so many magazines and that more people see your work online than in print. “I study it like a racing form,” she said. It offers lists of publications, online and print and all kinds of information that helps you track your submissions. Her advice, know when publications are accepting (reading) submissions. Google the ones you are interested in to find out. Submit early in the “reading” period if you are seeking publication. When entering a contest, then wait until the very last second to send out your entry. Continue to submit to publishers even after you’ve been rejected, they might like the next thing better, she said.

“After a submission is rejected, I give it a good going over and most of the time I’ll change it even if its just a line break,” Powell said. Copper Nickel, Foundry, Lake Effect, American Poetry Journal are good mid-markets for poets. “Aim high, you can’t get into the New Yorker, The Atlantic or the Paris Review if you don’t submit. She added “sometimes it takes a good magazine to recognize good work.”

Another great resource is poet Amorak Huey.   Dannye said he is a generous author and we can learn a tremendous amount from him.

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