VERY important announcement!

Hi Everyone,

Some time ago I asked you to tell me which features you liked most about this blog. Top choice was Word of the Month Poetry Challenge. Near the bottom was the manner in which we select our monthly Hall of Fame Poets. Some love the excitement of the month-end race for votes while others are put off by it and would prefer a system that focuses more on the poetry. I promised to consider the situation. Now I have.Beginning this month, which is the first in our second year of W.O.M., we will have a dual system for recognizing our poets and their work. We will continue to post the familiar ballot boxes so you can vote for one adult and one young poet. Nothing will change in the way we select our Monthly Hall of Fame Poets.

Additionally, it’s my pleasure to introduce a panel of professional poets who have agreed to select the best poem in each group each month. I will send them the poems without names so they’ll judge strictly on merit. I’ll announce those winning poets each month at the same time we see who won the popular vote. These winners will be called Word of the Month Poet and Word of the Month Young Poet.

You may win once in each category during the twelve month period, from October 2010 through September 2011.

I hope you enjoy the new addition. I’m very excited to bring it to you. And now, meet our judges.

Charles Ghigna

Jane Yolen

Laura Purdie Salas

J. Patrick Lewis

Rebecca Dotlich

Sara Holbrook

How’s that for a lineup? If others join the panel over time, I’ll let you know. I’ve provided links to some background information about our judges. You’ve already met everyone but Sara as a Featured Guest, and Sara is on tap to appear shortly.

That’s it for now. If you plan to post a poem this month, remember that the word is CHANGE and the cutoff for submissions is next Monday, the 25th, at 10:00 CST.rubbermanDavid

16 comments on “VERY important announcement!

    • I have high hopes that this new arrangement will offer everyone what he or she wants from the monthly challenge. Thanks for the encouragement.


    • Greetings, Jana,

      I’m delighted that so many outstanding poets have agreed to serve in this capacity. Their choices will add credence to the monthly honor for W.O.M. Poet and Young Poet.


  1. Thank you, David, for being so sensitive to the wishes of those who visit your blog. I’m happy to see that you didn’t change too much–I love the format that you instituted.

    Your panelists are extremely talented professionals. I will be eager to see their responses and benefit from their expertise.

    Again, thank you for providing this venue for growing, learning, and enjoying the beauty of poetry.

    • Hi Virginia,

      It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do, but I’m pleased too. I hope we’ll see even more poets join the fun after this. Spread the word!


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    • Hi Mimi,

      Thanks. I feel very good about this too. And we couldn’t ask for better judges. I’m in their debt for accepting my invitation.

      Onward and upward we go!


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