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Andrea Dietrich grew up in Iowa and now resides in Utah with a spouse and two cats. She has two grown children and three grandchildren. Having graduated BYU with a Spanish major/ESL minor, she has spent most of her adult life teaching. It wasn't until 2000 that she began writing in earnest and discovering her "niche" as a writer of lyrical poetry. The internet opened up a new world for her, and she has spent nearly a decade now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines and for the website Shadow Poetry, and also, entering poetry contests herself.

Ms. Dietrich has won numerous awards, as well as the title Poet of the Year 2008, from the Yahoo group, Poetry For Thought. In addition, she has won prizes from the magazines Lucidity, Bell's Letters, Art with Words, Poets at Work and SP Quill, the magazine for which she wrote grammar and poetry articles as well as movie reviews and for which she acted as poetry editor for the head editor Marie Summers for six years. Many of her poems have appeared in Shadows Ink, a yearly published series of chapbooks of award winning poetry as well as in numerous other anthologies. Her short stories appeared in many issues of SP Quill and much of her poetry is published in eight chapbooks (the most recent one soon to be published is called Prosies), which can be purchased at

MY CONTEST RESULTS: you dazzled me!!!

Blog Posted:1/6/2013 7:53:00 PM
Hello, fellow Soupers and AWESOME poets of five-line poetry. I want to do an announcement of my top three placement winners (of which there were nine) and also let everyone know that the contest has been finalized . Sadly, I cannot know all my winners unless I search them out. However, I can tell everyone that except for one or two who did not follow the rules of the form they were doing, everyone IS on the winners' list and you can check your placement number by looking in your contest area. I have contacted Soup and I sure hope they will show my winners list soon so that you can view all the winners of this contest. I am proud of everyone for doing so very well!

Now for my GRAND WINNERS. I decided to show the actual poems of the first place winners, for which I had a tie. One is rhymed and one is not, but I hope you will also agree with me that they are breathtakingly beautiful. Incidentally, Caught in the Sun was chosen as a theme by only two poets, and ditto for A Prelude to Winter!

Caught in the Sun/ by Heather Ober

Where dawn is born and clouds are spun
To clothe the sky in golden lace,
The sea ignites as currents chase
Soft morning light that's just begun
To wake our love, caught in the sun.

On the Edge of a Dream/ Suzette Crous

scent of virgin snow
bathing the night in silence
my daughter’s footsteps
echoing on dream’s frayed edge
a yearning heart constricting

Second place went to these three poets:
To Craig Cornish for his beautiful quintet, On the Edge of a Dream
To Charlotte Puddifort for her dreamy imagery used in On the Edge of a Dream
and to to Yesha Sha for the stellar rhyme and imagery of her Closer than a Kiss.

Third place winners were also amazing:
Francine Robert's very romantic Tasting Bliss
and The Edge of a Dream represented in three different forms by:
Rick Parise
Isaiah Zerbst
and a mystery person! Since I could not locate this person's poem even by using the search engine of Poetry Soup, I thought I would show his/her poem to you. Please if anyone knows who wrote this one, will you let me know who it is. I decided to give this one third place because I was so impressed how this person used ALL FIVE of my themes within each line of his/her quintet:

The Edge of a Dream by ???

Your silhouette caught in the sun
Our lip’s first time at tasting bliss
This prelude to a winter’s fall
New hearts now closer than a kiss
On the edge of a dream undone

A final note of interest: The most popular theme in my contest was On The Edge of a Dream, followed very closely by the two kissing themes: Closer than a Kiss and Tasting Bliss. So we have some very dreamy and/or romantic souls here at PoetrySoup!
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  1. Date: 1/8/2013 8:37:00 PM

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  1. Date: 1/8/2013 6:27:00 PM
    Thank you Andrea....and big congratulations to your winners!!!

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  1. Date: 1/7/2013 8:31:00 PM
    Thanks so much for the first place win :) It's an honour, especially considering how awesome the other poems are! I enjoyed reading each one you mentioned here.

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  1. Date: 1/7/2013 5:36:00 PM
    Hello Andrea I can see in my Members area that i have a 7th place, many thanks for this honour.......Seren

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  1. Date: 1/7/2013 10:18:00 AM
    great contest--interesting reads. meant to enter it but was too busy scrambling for tickets home! hope you have another like it soon....

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  1. Date: 1/7/2013 7:38:00 AM
    Yes we do! Congrad's all

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  1. Date: 1/7/2013 6:06:00 AM
    Thanks so much Andrea it was a fun challenge and congratulations to all your winners

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  1. Date: 1/7/2013 5:19:00 AM
    Some very good works..Sara

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  1. Date: 1/7/2013 2:17:00 AM
    Congratulations to all the winners. xx

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    Grisetti Avatar Joann Grisetti Date: 1/7/2013 10:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    At the top of the conest winners list is a box to select the year you want, and 2013 has not been added yet. Probably just an oversight by management.
    Tams The Golden Girl Avatar Mandy Tams The Golden Girl Date: 1/7/2013 2:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Am I having a blonde moment but I haven't seen a winners list since Davids Hello/Goodbye contest or hasn't there been any? I can't find this list either xx
  1. Date: 1/7/2013 1:55:00 AM
    Congratulations to all winners, sorry I missed this one....David

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  1. Date: 1/7/2013 12:58:00 AM
    Thank you, Andrea, for honoring me with a first place win. Congratulations to all the winners- we have some very talented poets here on soup and I enjoyed reading the entries. Love, Su

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  1. Date: 1/6/2013 11:13:00 PM
    My hearty congratulations to the winners and to our dear poet friend who sponsored this amazing contest! love and hugs, Leonora

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    Galinta Avatar Leonora Galinta Date: 1/6/2013 11:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much my dear Andrea for my placement.
  1. Date: 1/6/2013 9:37:00 PM
    Nice choice of winners. sandyivy

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  1. Date: 1/6/2013 9:01:00 PM
    Thank you so much for my placement Andrea, congrats to all the winners

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My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/21/2014The RushHaikufirst love,
9/21/2014My Saddest DayChokadog,
9/19/2014Tantalizing LoveEthereefeelings,
9/18/2014My Time of Worship DivineEthereefirst love,romance,
9/16/2014In the DesertEthereeallegory,
9/13/2014How Poetry BeganQuatrainnature,poetry,
9/12/2014This Autumn DayRhymeautumn,
9/11/2014How Easy Are Earth GirlsSonnetbio,
9/11/2014Boy at the Fair - Well, I DeclareNarrativechild,
9/9/2014I Leave You a KissTrioletdaughter,
9/8/2014Words From a DandelionChastushkafunny,
9/8/2014This Autumn NightRhymeautumn,
9/6/2014My PrayerFree verseprayer,
9/6/2014The Mirror in the Other RoomRhymeage,
9/4/2014Nuts for the FallHaikuautumn,
9/3/2014A Legendary LoveRhymelost love,
9/1/2014The Miller Girls: Now PresentingSonnetsister,
8/30/2014The Best of EdutainmentVersehumorous,technology,
8/27/2014On the Paseo Del RioHaikuromantic,
8/26/2014The Superb CommentLimerickhumorous,
8/25/2014Where Once We PlayedKyrielleplaces,
8/24/2014Through the MistOttava rimanature,
8/22/2014Do I Have to Say ItFree versewrite,
8/21/2014Summer Reveries - More than DreamsRhymesummer,
8/21/2014The MarkTriolettrust,

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Fav Poems

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The StoneElegydeath,love,
A Winter NightLyricimagination,nature,
Just wait and seeFree versenature,science,space,
My White Lace TableclothNarrativefamily,forgiveness,friend
A LIMERICK CHRISTMAS THREE (3) .Limerickfunny,seasons,thank you,c
ALWAYS MOTHERS DAYRhymefunny,mother,thank you,me
A Pirate JayLight Poetryanimals,
Divine SplendorBlank verseintrospection,nature,scie
BROTHER - BILLYNarrativebrother,childhood,family,
You played mePersonificationconfusion,imagination,mus
Concept of TimeFree versenature
JINGLEFree versefunny,life,music
AN EVER-CHANGING UNIVERSENarrativemysterylight,light,
My Partner, my LifeFree versehusband,loveme,
Spaces .... The Earth Moved .....Imagismlove
December Sun .Rhymenaturewinter,sun,winter,
A Whisper on the WindFree versenature
FootstepsFree versefatherme,me,
If everFree verselove
Dreams like Light-Waves Prose Poetryimaginationautumn,
A fantsy worldHaiku 
Borrowed SweetnessSenryugirlfriend-boyfriend

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Debbie Guzzi United States Flag United States Read
Barbara Gorelick United States Flag United States Read
Michelle Mac Donald Canada Flag Canada Read
Ruben O. Argentina Flag Argentina Read
Charmaine Chircop Malta Flag Malta Read
Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen United States Flag United States Read
James Fraser United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Jayne Eggins Australia Flag Australia Read
binibining p.iNk Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Joyce Johnson United States Flag United States Read
Robert A. Dufresne United States Flag United States Read
Linda-Marie SweetHeart Italy Flag Italy Read
David Byrne Ireland Flag Ireland Read
Maurice Rigoler United States Flag United States Read
Samir Georges Canada Flag Canada Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
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