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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

Swap Quatrain Contest Judged; Limerick Contest to be Posted

Blog Posted:3/9/2014 12:37:00 AM
I just judged my contest tonight and am thrilled by the wonderful poetry I received. There were many interesting themes and I really enjoyed the ones with great original thought. Congratulations to all my winners! 

For my next contest, I am hoping people will pay attention to the following criteria:

RHYME:  I have been noticing less and less use of perfect rhyme in my contests that feature rhymed forms. I guess it is fine to do this with contemporary sonnets and whatnot, but the use of near rhyme is not something I am terribly fond of. In my limerick contest, I will be looking for as many exact rhymes as you can muster. In fact, I will have to insist on it because I will be looking for flawless limericks!

Meter and Even lines: One of the chief characteristics of a limerick is its very specific limerick beat: da (da)  DA da da DA da da DA (da) (for lines 1, 2 and 5) da DA da da DA (or da da DA da da DA) for lines 3 and 4. I am not so concerned with NUMBER of syllables so much as with that cool limerick meter! Many famous limericks do not have perfectly matched lines. Being one syllable off here and there will not kill it for me as long as the meter is SPOT ON.  You will notice I put parentheses around some of my "da" words. That's because not all limericks have the exact same number of syllables per line, but generally lines 1, 2 and 5 match up and lines  3 and 4 match up. Generally you can find limericks with anything from 8 to 10 syllables in those first two lines and 5 to 6 in the next two lines. 

FUNNY. Finally, please show me a funny limerick. There are tons of examples online and right here at Soup. Google the rules of writing one if you are new to this and read lots of examples. Limericks are not sad or preachy, and silliness reigns supreme.

Thanks to all of you who support my contests. I hope you will enjoy seeing the winners of my swap quatrain contest. 

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  1. Date: 3/10/2014 3:13:00 PM
    This competition made me work harder than I thought possible, I'm not sure I can write a limerick but i'll have a go . I will be entering for the hell of it so please be assured I won't sulk if I don't get a mention. Love always. Daz

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  1. Date: 3/10/2014 10:14:00 AM
    great to be part of this challenge, andie... congrats to everyone who joined!... huggs!

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  1. Date: 3/9/2014 11:23:00 AM
    ANDREA......ANDREA.....ANDREA...I AM SO EMBARRASSED!!!! I've made a total fool of myself. What I saw was my 2nd place win in CRAIG'S Constanza contest. Why the mix up??? The title: Andrea's Inspiration, Connie's Form, Constanza! I know....what a title!! I saw the first two lines..cause that whole title came in three lines...I saw Andrea...and checked the number and it was 2. I'm an A**! It wasn't entered in your contest!!! OH DEAR OH DEAR! I just figured it out cause I was sending you a soupmail about it. WILL YOU FORGIVE ME????

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 3/9/2014 5:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    well, sweetie, thanks for being the only person to come to this blog of mine. Of course I forgive you.
  1. Date: 3/9/2014 3:13:00 AM
    ANDREA!!!! In my contest entries it shows that I have placed!!! SECOND place!!!!??? What's going on. I went to the link with contests winners...Member...I'm not there. I don't know what is going on. Andrea...I only voice myself because you know how I feel about you and your work. I'm going to keep my blog up, if you don't mind, because this isn't a new thing. I've had trouble with this before....Thanks for explaining. You have no idea how much better I feel. My tears are drying...Sorry. Poetry means SO much to me. Love you. I honestly do. Hope I didn't upset you too much, but this glitch needs to be fixed. I will believe what my contest page says...SECOND PLACE! One can dream!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 3/9/2014 10:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Also I am not upset with you. I am upset with Poetry Soup if they are allowing this all to happen. And how do i know that maybe these four judges who are shunning me are maybe not seeing my poems?? How do you explain entering one guy's contest five to ten times in a row and not once seeing a win, and yet everyone else is getting a win??
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 3/9/2014 10:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Eileen, I just did a blog and it makes no sense to me that your member area is showing a second place win for you. I am totally confused. I think Soup has a major glitch and that is me being very honest. I'm not throwing around the word glitch lightly!! Go read my blog.
  1. Date: 3/9/2014 1:35:00 AM
    OMG, Eileen. I just went through your page of poems looking for your entry and the one I see that would have been entered would certainly have MADE it in my contest, but it was not IN my contest. I swear, it's not in the list. I would have remembered it!!! Please check your member contest box and see what is showing. This is not the first time a good poem got left out of my contest! As for not doing well with me , I am sorry. I just lost for the third or fourth time in the rhyme battle contest. I do not know what the hell I am doing wrong with that girl. There are judges here who absolutely will not give me wins, even if I try 10 times with them. Believe me, Everyone has a CHANCE with ME!

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/9/2014 3:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I also place in two of your acrostic contests. One 2nd place and one another one...I didn't place. So, saying "I NEVER do well" was not correct. I didn't place one ONE...and this one...whatever the glitch is. I'm sorry, Andrea...I had no right. Just found out I didn't place in two others that I thought I would and this came as the final blow. Forgive me. You know I love you and your work. I guess that's why I felt I could vent.
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/9/2014 2:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, it is there! I checked!
  1. Date: 3/9/2014 1:19:00 AM
    Hi Andrea....I really thought my entry had merit. I never do well in your contests and it really gets me down. I guess you really don't go for mushy or romantic because other than was up to par. I'm sorry...I know I should take it in stride but my sense of self-preservation will keep me from joining contests...It's just too hard. I got some great comments.... Would you be kind enough to visit my page and read those? Thanks..

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/9/2014 1:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Andrea....I will check. I might not have entered...and I went and put up a blog about contests. Please....don't feel bad...I'm just so heartbroken. It's three days now and I can't write...I mean, if I'm not good. Someone just tell me and put me out of my misery! My dream is all I have...I'm crying. I'm sorry I'm such a cry baby...but...Ok Ok...I'm off to check!
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 3/9/2014 1:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I checked it again just now with a fine tooth comb. Please please let me know if it had not gotten entered. But if it WAS entered, it means that Poetry soup messed up and there is a glitch that is perhaps causing me not to get your poems. Please tell me others that you say have lost. I will go into those contests and see if they are there or not. What if it is a glitch??? I will contact Soup if that is the case. In this particular contest I was very generous also. Very few poems got left off my list. Yours would have scored well.

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