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8x8 Contest Results

Blog Posted:11/13/2018 11:34:00 AM

Dear Poets,

I have made my final decisions in the 8x8 contest and will figure out how to enter the results shortly.  

This was my first attempt at sponsoring a contest.  I learned a lot.  I now understand the reasons for multiple placements and a large number of honorable mentions.  I understand why the results are not ready minutes after a contest closes.  I understand that it is a grueling process to judge poems.  It is like judging a children’s beauty contest.  Each is a unique creation with purpose and potential.  As the sponsor I am left wondering, who am I to have an opinion on these things? But then I realize that by sponsoring a contest I’ve asked for this challenge and by entering you’ve asked my opinion.

I hope all entrants noticed that I said there would be single placements and only 4 honorable mentions.  I am not sure if that was the wisest decision as there were so many excellent poems.  No doubt many will find their personal favorites not honored.  I have read and reread more times than I thought to count.  Something happens when you read poems that many times.  You find yourself thinking of them throughout the day.  Some stay with you.  Your poems made me smile, laugh, cry, research… Writing poems and reading them is all very personal.   In the end I was pleased with the results.  Though probably no two of us will agree.  Robert Persig says in, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, that when two things are extremely unequal in quality opinions as to which is the better are unanimous, however the closer in quality the greater the disagreement*.  I expect that will be the case here.

Thank you so much for trusting me with your dear poetry.

To all you sponsors out there, hats off and thank you so much.


PS Awtry

* Well, he said something like that.  It's been years since I read the book, so i am paraphrasing at best. 

Honorable Mentions are listed in random order

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Date: 11/13/2018 6:48:00 PM
"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". Excellent choice. One of my favorites of all time.
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Date: 11/15/2018 12:54:00 PM
Date: 11/13/2018 1:50:00 PM
Congrats on sponsoring and judging your first contest, the judging process is difficult especially if you have limited placements. I was delighted to be on your list, my congratulations to all the winners:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 11/13/2018 1:21:00 PM
Congrats to the winners...
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