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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

The Shells Have It!

Blog Posted:8/17/2014 12:56:00 PM

What a delight to see who my winners are!! I wish I had time to go through and comment to each poem today but I'm off to a lunch with hubbie. Just to let everyone know, there are a few poems here that go over the line limit, but I double checked with each person and found out that it was a problem with formatting. At least they wrote that on the bottom of their entries, and I was able to view Giorgio's in the "About my poem" section where he shows it with the correct line limit. A few nice ones were eliminated due to not following rules of title, line limit or dating the poem. However, nearly all the ones I loved are on my list, and I took many things into account when judging, including the poems' personal appeal to me as well as punctuation/structure, etc. Congratulations, All!


  Place Poem Poet
Contest Winner Medal 1 Fragments of Shell Faye Gibson
Contest Winner Medal 2 Precious Shell Charlotte Puddifoot
Contest Winner Medal 3 A Conch Shell Calls craig cornish
Contest Winner Medal 3 The Shell Melani Udaeta
Contest Winner Medal 3 Leaves at Dawn Pandita Sanchez
  4 THE SNOW FLAKE cherl dunn
  4 A feather in my cap Abdul Malik
  4 Sea Shell Frederic Parker
  4 Flake it till you make it Richard Lamoureux
  4 Autumn Leaves Kelly Deschler
  5 The feathered fan Seren Roberts
  5 Six empty shells Giorgio A. V.
  5 FLAKES PURE YET OF DESPAIR Olive Eloisa Guillermo
  5 SHELL I LIVE HERE Jan Allison
  6 Leaf Tim Smith
  6 Autumnal Beauty Dr.Ram Mehta
  6 EYES PIERCED BY FLAKES nette onclaud
  6 Feather Casarah Nance
  6 Leaf david mohn
  7 Flake Heart I Have Alfred Vassallo
  8 The Feather Shadow Hamilton
  8 October Leaf Regina Riddle
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  1. Date: 8/19/2014 5:46:00 PM
    Hi Andrea, thank you so much for including my poem on your winner's list. It is an honor to place among so many talented writers. I'm happy that you enjoyed my poem, because I really enjoyed writing it!.... Congratulations to all your winners!

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  1. Date: 8/19/2014 2:34:00 PM
    A big congratulations to all the winner's in Andrea's contest. oxox Gail

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  1. Date: 8/18/2014 5:43:00 AM
    thanks so much for my placement, andrea, it means a lot...I always put myself under double pressure in your contests because you are a judge I really respect; like me, I know that you like everything to be flawless: grammar, punctuation, and so on - we are very similar in that respect! congrats to all the wonderful winners :)

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/18/2014 2:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hopefully we have more similarities than differences when it comes to writing. I actually love free verse when it is done well. You can see many of my top winners are often free verse! I just realize I do not have a tendency to write often in that style I love so much.
  1. Date: 8/17/2014 10:09:00 PM
    Wonderfully written poems for this contest so I am pleased that I was mentioned in with them. Thank you Andrea for everything.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/18/2014 2:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    you are most welcome, Freddie
  1. Date: 8/17/2014 9:22:00 PM
    congrats to all... Hi Andrea... :) Linda

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/18/2014 2:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi, PD. What have you been up to?
  1. Date: 8/17/2014 7:42:00 PM
    thanks Andie for the placing though I got a typo on the 6th line... It's really an honor to be on place in any of your contests, knowing the lovely poems you always shower us.. :) I have read some and still reading more of the entries.. :D!!! fantastic imageries.. :) CONGRATULATIONS TO all WINNERS!!!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/17/2014 8:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I was very happy to see you on my list. You are "sweetie pie" for me, even your face is that of a sweetie pie!
  1. Date: 8/17/2014 6:11:00 PM
    Many thanks Andrea I was so happy to be placed in your contest and thank you for advice:-) Hugs Jan xx

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/17/2014 7:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Awesome, Jan!
  1. Date: 8/17/2014 5:12:00 PM
    Thank you Andrea for hosting. It is an honor to be among the winners...I have read almost all and have to say they were outstanding..Congratulations to all the winners and participants......Tim

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/17/2014 6:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    weren't they wonderful, tim? and no 9's or 10's this time! They were all 8's or higher for me.

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My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
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,
8/18/2014Tale of a Witch - Modern DayQuatrainwoman,
8/17/2014Ah, WanderlustRondeautravel,youth,

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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
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Joyce Johnson United States Flag United States Read
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Linda-Marie SweetHeart Italy Flag Italy Read
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