The results of the Inside The Glasshouse Contest are in and the winner is:
Kaleidoscopic prisms, the dancing life
beyond a willingness for prison,
shackled only in the belief
that glass may tear and sever sinew,
with the vulnerable cowardice, insensitive
to anything but pain--
aggrieved, not by the squalor of society
I will press my hand to yours,
without fear of germs and blinding pain,
here you cannot hit me, strike me,
or defile my every whim--
here, perhaps I can dream--)
an idyllic world, with the grass untouching, scampering
ants working their way around me,
Normally, we here at PoetryPlease announce 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, but with this contest one person blew away the competition, and several others were dead even, so we'll only be annoucing the first place winner.
Congratulations to Aruchel, who wrote entry #5, "The Reel," the winner of the Smoke & Mirrors Contest! Aruchel blended the perfect amount of ambiguity and imagery to create a wonderfully imaginative poem. Great job!
Contest Entries (in order by submission date)
#1 Untitled by punkadelli
All hells broken loose, the levees are burst and there are cars running from my bridges to yours
The blockades are bro
Congratulations to beneath-the-surface for winning the Contest Made of Glass! Honourable mentions also go out to Kelly-anne-17, ellierany, and ShadowedAcolyte for their wonderful and well-loved entries.
Finally, thank you to our members for coming through on voting for the entries. We really appreciate your support!
Entrant #1 - rlkirkland
The hourglass sands have fallen
Into times gone past
Maybe we will follow
Everything cant last
Doubtless we have run our race, but my, its gone so fast!
Oil Lamp (mini ballad)
The crusted wick is flickeri
We've finally decided on our winners! The judging took a little longer than we intended, but you need not wait any longer. Without further ado:
1st place winner: ~bertron-the-prophet with The Arboretum
2nd place winner: ~Aruchel with Aurora's Rose
3rd place winner: =lady-shirakawa with Epic
Congratulations to the winners and thank to everyone else who participated. The prizes will be delivered to the winners as soon as possible, but in the meantime, please be patient. Thank you everyone reading for helping to make this contest a huge success!
Publication in Soundzine.
Basic artist bag from CR
1 year sub from
The winner of this contest is ~Sapient-Butterfly
Inspired by: http://lucia-moonflower.deviantart.com/art/Betrayed-99457062 http://gaiatheory.deviantart.com/art/The-World-Yet-To-End-106886953 http://twilightlavender.deviantart.com/art/Dr-Quack-96231528
Ill take a dip into this,
My well of inspiration,
Draw on your words
To instil my own, in
Pursuit of artistic creation.
Perhaps from you I would take
The emotion poured into your verse.
Word crafted love, that bleeds
Struggle, pain and betrayal.
To reach its end, sharp and terse.
Or perhaps Ill turn to you,
Capture the pictures that you paint.
Quite a few people voted this time around, unfortunately, about half of them are not members. Remember, you have to be a member for your vote to be valid! If you missed the member list clean-up cut off date, then you are no longer a member and must rejoin. And if you "secretly" asked your friends to come and vote for you, make sure that next time you remind them to join too. There are links for instructions on how to join from any of our journal headers.
#8- Blood Orange by ~tashagladwell
#2- The Red Candle by ~Nastaciakaye
Most of the other poems received the same amount of votes each, s
1st: Ginger Bread by *vix0r
2nd: Mirror, Mirror by ~Itti
People's Choice: Poverty by =TEC-ThePenOfMerlin
Last Spiteful Breath by ~Diptonite
Hooded by *Blueskye27
The judges who helped select the winners were: *PunknEra, ~isabellakay, ~cypher-neo, `Beccalicious, *BerylAlexandros, *ThornyEnglishRose.
30 devDollars from the ArtistRelations Team
a Fella Plushie from the ArtistRelations Team
a dA keychain donated by `Beccalicious
a one-year sub or an item on your wishlist up to $30 donated by *PunknEra
a journal feature donated by *PunknEra
a journal feature do
Congratulations to the winner of the Humo(u)r Contest: *meljoy68. Her entry #6: Surreal Meal was both funny and displayed quality writing. Good job!
We would also like to give an honourable mention to ~TimeFlies whose entry #2: Untitled had almost as many votes. It was tight!
*meljoy68 wins our respectable prizes (as well as free promotion here at PoetryPlease):
1 month sub donated by ~thecoolbeane
A journal feature donated by *PunknEra
A journal feature donated by =vgaer
Thank you to everyone who entered. We enjoyed reading your submissions! Here are a reminder of the Top 10 entries, and now we reveal the authors:
This contest is closed. Thank you to all who participated.
10. Written by mortal hands
Echoes drift across eternal sands. ~Sober-Irish-Guy
1. Through mortal folly
and up against the aeons
written word survives. ~VanyelFirestorm
2. One finds oneself without
need for rhyme, reason, or sense of time
when lost amongst our written word. ~VanyelFirestorm
3. Through the ocean of the real
We have cut our stencil of eternity
By speaking words. =marvintheparanoid
4. As a petal, lilting, swaying,
The times and trials of windy skies;
Within, extemporal, it perseveres. ~Silica-Streak
6. Words as timeless as
The goal of this contest CRITIQUE a poem.
A quality critique is more than just writing flowery words of praise telling an author how much you like their work. While it's important to tell a writer what they're doing right, it's even more crucial that they know what needs to be improved. Most writers love feedback when communicated effectively; technique, style, grammar - all these and more should be open for discussion for any writer genuinely seeking feedback.
But it is the communication that sometimes gets in the way. Too many readers don't know how to write a critique that clearly states their opinion but in a way that i
This race was a close one, but we finally have our winners. Thank you to everyone who participated; we really appreciate your dedication to poetry and PoetryPlease. Don't forget the purpose of this contest, to create an opening or exerpt to a much larger piece. Please keep working on your piece and turn it into a true epic - this may become important in the future...
First Place: #2 "Blood Upon Snow" by *RickDanger
Second Place: #8 "Aurora's Rose" by ~Aruchel
Third Place: #10 "Untitled" by *Admytica
Prizes will be delivered as soon as possible. Thank you again and Merry Christmas!
1st Place: #5 - Untitled by gelal
3rd Place: THREE WAY TIE!
#3 - Untitled by ahbegorrah
#7 - The Crash by gelal
Rose muffled steps in the Kingdom of halls.
Silence now; Rose buried footfalls.
Passion honed a suicidal edge; peel the skin off the walls.
Hung in drying sheets,
flesh absorbed these Dying beats.
Marauder in cleft; desire in pleats.
Passing through this singular lu
1st Place TIE -
5. Replacement by Dragonfly2093 (https://www.deviantart.com/dragonfly2093) & 13. Let it Be by Demur (https://www.deviantart.com/demur)
2nd Place - 8. Spirit Submission by darkdescartes (https://www.deviantart.com/darkdescartes)
3rd Place - 3. dove vive by unattached (https://www.deviantart.com/unattached)
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a poem that encompasses SPIRIT. Whatever that means to you, personally, supernaturally, spiritually, ecumenically, grammatically...
Be creative, and please proofread your work. We will not accept poems with gratuitous misspellings.
This contest is currently closed. Please read the entries below and cast your vote. If you have not already read
1st Place - 10. Sun by metapianycist (https://www.deviantart.com/metapianycist)
2nd Place - 4. Kneespeech by ShadowedAcolyte (https://www.deviantart.com/shadowedacolyte)
3rd Place - 9. Caterpillar by lalaland-faerie (https://www.deviantart.com/lalaland-faerie)
Write a Diamante: Diamond-shaped pattern done in seven lines with two nouns which are antonyms. First and seventh line are the antonyms, second and sixth are two adjectives describing their respective nouns, third and fifth are three "ing" words (present participles) describing each antonym, on the fourth line are two nouns describing each antonym. It is usually centered on the page.
Present Participle, Present Participle, Pr
It has come to my attention that many members of PoetryPlease are happy about being 'published' by a site called Poetry.com, which amongst other things claims to offer $10,000 in prizes and publish your work in an anthology.
THIS IS A SCAM.
The 'anthology' of poetry that you pay something like $50 for will be printed in tiny tiny fonts and crammed with thousands upon thousands of other 'semi-finalists' and 'finalists.'
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1st Place - 3. Criticism from a Structured Poet of a 'Poetic' Structure by Error732 (https://www.deviantart.com/error732)
2nd Place - 4. One . by CailinLiath (https://www.deviantart.com/cailinliath)
3rd Place - 2. Quilt-work by iiyamuzai (https://www.deviantart.com/iiyamuzai)
List the numbers in pi (π), going down in your paper's margin. Then, compose a poem that corresponds to the numbers.
The first number in the number pi is 3, so the first word in your poem has to have three letters in it.
The second number in pi is 1, so the second word in your poem has to have one letter in it.
The third number in pi is 4, so the third word has to
1st Place - 3. The Conservative by AriusEx (https://www.deviantart.com/ariusex)
2nd Place - 8. Writing Ground by WabyBishi (https://www.deviantart.com/wabybishi)
3rd Place - [TIE] 2. Rum by Inallgoodtime (https://www.deviantart.com/inallgoodtime) and 9. Breakroom by Kagey-chan (https://www.deviantart.com/kagey-chan)
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to write a poem about WORKSPACE. This could mean physical space or mental/emotional space, however you'd like to interpret it. The poem must be written in response to this prompt (in other words, it must not be already submitted as a deviation).
1. Nine by Eleven
Left in the refraction of mislead enlightenment
the room stands still and quiet, yet unstable.
1st Place - 7. by lilmoongoddess (https://www.deviantart.com/lilmoongoddess)
2nd Place - 12. by CailinLiath (https://www.deviantart.com/cailinliath)
3rd Place - 28. by PointOfDiscontinuity (https://www.deviantart.com/pointofdiscontinuity)
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to write a TRADITIONAL HAIKU. For an assortment of information about haiku, go here: http://www.ahapoetry.com/haiku.htm. Contrary to what some may say or think, Haikus are NOT easy to write.
5-7-5 syllables; three lines. No series.
Must be about the natural world.
If you are still unsure as to what a haiku is, do some research.
This contest will be judged by three members:
~Dreaded1 (https://www.deviantart.com/dreaded1) :iconmsjames: :icondarkdescart
1st Place - 4. world war three by so-pretty-when-I-cry (https://www.deviantart.com/so-pretty-when-i-cry)
2nd Place - 5. Message to My Love by somnomollior (https://www.deviantart.com/somnomollior)
3rd Place - 9. Balancing Act by CrystalEternity (https://www.deviantart.com/crystaleternity)
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a poem about BALANCE. You may interpret this theme however you'd like.
A little girl tip toes
On silver strand
Holding all her hope
In her tiny hands
Not wanting to break
Her stride across
She tightens her hold
On hope not lost
She balances slightly
Swaying in the breeze
Not wanting to tumble
Needing to breathe
She prays someone
1st Place - 12. Tainting Eden by darkdescartes (https://www.deviantart.com/darkdescartes)
2nd Place TIE:
5. Trapped; Perform by JenniferStarling (https://www.deviantart.com/jenniferstarling)
15. Would She? by AStormOfSilence (https://www.deviantart.com/astormofsilence)
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a poem INSPIRED BY THE PHOTO. The photo appears in the preview. Please view the deviation description for a link to the original deviation.
1. The Pretense
My façade is intolerable, but oh so comfortable.
Im not willing to let go, dont make me let go.
Your face is so affectionate, mine so concealed.
If only you knew what Ive been hiding.
1st Place - 9. Sweet Solitude OmniaMutantur (https://www.deviantart.com/omniamutantur)
2nd Place TIE:
5. sweet miss miasma by Nihility-and-Forever (https://www.deviantart.com/nihility-and-forever)
7. Besoin by so-pretty-when-I-cry (https://www.deviantart.com/so-pretty-when-i-cry)
3rd Place TIE :
4. A different kind of lovemaking by Windcall (https://www.deviantart.com/windcall)
11. Orgasm by oopswrongcookie (https://www.deviantart.com/oopswrongcookie)
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write an EROTIC poem. This does not mean you should send in something lewd or crass. Use your common sense - we will be screening them.
1. What I Yearn For
I see you from afar,
Dark and aromatic....
As I have always remembered you being.
I am held in your magnetic gaze
1st Place - 18. oopswrongcookie (https://www.deviantart.com/oopswrongcookie)
2nd Place: 17. so-pretty-when-I-cry (https://www.deviantart.com/so-pretty-when-i-cry)
3rd Place TIE : 5. & 8. JenniferStarling (https://www.deviantart.com/jenniferstarling)
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a poem about the DEADLIEST SIN. You may interpret this in any way you choose.
1. The Deadliest Sin
Washing his gnarled hands
in a public washroom;
the blood dilutes
( the crimson fades to a satin pink )
and runs for the drain.
The grimy mirror reflects
the sinners sickly triumph.
She walks nervously
down the busy city streets,
her arm hiding the bulge in her coat.
( the tags still on
1st Place - 11. Holiday Entry by WomanlyPanther (https://www.deviantart.com/womanlypanther)
2nd Place: 5. Promise Me by dreamersrapture (https://www.deviantart.com/dreamersrapture)
3rd Place : 6. Holiday Haiku by MSJames (https://www.deviantart.com/msjames)
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a HOLIDAY poem. For this contest, don't focus on any one holiday, but rather the feeling of love, family, community, etc that the holidays are (supposed) to bring. This is intentionally pretty vague. The only stipulation is to not make the poem about a specific holiday, such as Yuel, Kawanzaa, Christmas, etc.
1. The Downside to a Holiday
Many people have it,
many do not ap
1st Place - Ridding Myself of this Addiction by AellaWind (https://www.deviantart.com/aellawind)
2nd Place: Cinnamon and Diamonds by so-pretty-when-I-cry (https://www.deviantart.com/so-pretty-when-i-cry)
3rd Place : I Do Not Stand Aside by :devwith-regards
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a poem about ADDICTION. You may choose to write about any kind of addiction, please don't feel restricted to drugs, alcohol, etc.
Damn, can I kiss you long enough
To let the taste linger in my mouth?
Take the scent of me on your
Finger tips with you
You arent allowed to forget
As long as Im suffering
I'm your god-damn sou