Coming up: Annual Hall of Fame Poets!

BULLETIN: As of now I have no Guest Reader scheduled for this Wednesday. If you would like to share something about yourself and your journey as a writer, please let me know. If you are not into poetry but would like to share a brief sample (under 500 words) of your fiction or nonfiction for children, that’s just fine. It is NOT necessary to share any of your writing if you prefer not to do that. We’re pretty laid back around here.

Greetings all,

First I want to thank Greg Pincus for being my Featured Guest yesterday. Your comments and e-mails confirm that many readers found Greg’s remarks stimulating and informative. I’m grateful to Greg.

Some of you joined my blog after we started Word of the Month Poetry Challenge in October 2009 and may not be familiar with our original game plan. Each month we have voted for a Hall of Fame Poet and a Hall of Fame Young Poet. This month, September, concludes the first twelve month period.

During this period, no one could win a second time. Beginning next month — the start of a new cycle — everyone is once again eligible to win.

On Saturday, October 2, I will put up a ballot box to feature each of our twelve monthly winners. I’ll post all of their winning poems so we can enjoy them again, and we’ll vote to select the 2010 Hall of Fame Poet and Young Poet.

I’ve been looking forward to this event and I hope you will join me during the week of voting. I’ll close the poll on Saturday, October 9 and announce our winners on Sunday, October 10.

If any of our monthly Hall of Fame Poets want to revisit their winning entries to do a little tweaking, this is a good time to take care of it.

Meanwhile, if you still want to share a poem this month, you still have time. I won’t close submissions until Monday, September 24, at 10:00 p.m. CST. Remember, this month’s word is BOOK.

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