October winners and the November word

Hello Everyone,For the first time since I started the Word of the Month Poetry Challenge in October 2009, I am announcing two sets of winners.

We continue to select Hall of Fame Poet and Hall of Fame Young Poet through the process of open balloting, but starting this month we add Word of the Month Poet and Word of the Month Young Poet whose poems have been chosen by a panel of distinguished poets.

It is now my pleasure to announce the following honorees.

For October 2010, our Monthly Hall of Fame Poet is Silindile Ntuli from South Africa for her poem, “This Change, Wishing It Away.” Runnerup is Lisa Martino from Florida for her poem, “Change.”

Our Hall of Fame Young Poet is Emily Rigby, a 5th grade student at Maumee Valley Country Day School in Toledo, Ohio. Emily’s poem is titled, “Four Little Rain Boots.” Runnerup is Mara Lyman, also a 5th grade student from Maumee Valley Country Day. Her poem is untitled. Both girls are students of Nanette Valuck.

Our first Word of the Month Poet has been selected by our judges. Congratulations to Barbara J. Turner from New Hampshire for her poem, “Change.” Here are a few comments by the judges. “Incredibly clever.” “I felt myself drawn into it more than once.” “I think this poem showed the strongest writing skills.”

Our first Word of the Month Young Poet is Claire Tipton, 6th grade, from Maumee Valley Country Day. Her winning poem is titled “The Run,” and her teacher is Jana Smith. Here are a few comments by the judges. “It took me along.” “I think this poet did a good job of avoiding cliches, and there are some great details in there–the cold lungs, the buckeyes…This one set a mood and painted a scene I could put myself into.”

My special thanks to our October judges. To refresh your memory of our panel members, here’s the link you need. https://davidlharrison.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/very-important-announcement   

Congratulations to all of our October winners and my thanks to everyone who contributed to the month’s great collection of poetry inspired by a single word. To see again all the poems posted for October, here’s the link. https://davidlharrison.wordpress.com/2010/10/25/octobers-word-of-the-month-poems/

So, are you ready for the word for November? Here it is: WORD.

I hope to see lots of students joining us in November as well as a great turnout of adult poets!Please let me know if you have comments about our new system. I’m interested in your thoughts.David

12 comments on “October winners and the November word

  1. Thank you so much for inclusion in the voting process. This has been a great experience for me. I do have a couple of suggestions, though. Is it possible to list the actual poems with the winners’ announcement so we could all see them again? Regarding the judges’ choice, is it possible to have them comment on the poems they chose? I would love to hear what they have to say.

    • Hi Lisa,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the experience and look forward to seeing more of your work. In response to your good suggestions, I’ve added some of the comments I received about the winning poems and also inserted a link to take you back to all of the poems posted for October. I was afraid to post the four winning poems here for fear it might make this one rather long. I hope this helps. I really meant to include the comments but, in my haste last night, overlooked them.


  2. A sincere ‘word’ of congratulations to all the October winners. Bravo!

    I am certain November winds will usher in many ‘words’ of inspiration. I am looking forward to them …

  3. Thanks David, for supplying a forum that allows us to learn and grow and show some of our work. And thanks to the judges for taking the time to do this. It’s a fun event!

    And congratulations to all the other winners and everyone who entered. What a great bunch of talented people!

    • Janet,

      Thank you. I hope this arrangement will carry us forward into the future. I appreciate your comment of support.


  4. David I think this new process is a great addition to your already amazing blog. I always learn something new here, I have fun reading the poems and now with the professional judging I think you’ve given us something to look forward to.

    I wish this blog a very long life, may it keep growing, challenging and inspiring us.

    Thank you

    • Dear Silindile,

      This works both ways. I learn from everyone else as we go. Here’s a quote I like:

      From you I receive,
      To you I give,
      Together we share,
      From this we live.


  5. I’m not sure if this is where I type my poem or not containing the word “word,” but anyway, here goes:

    What is a word without action,
    What’s action without words?
    Lines on paper stuck in traction,
    Unsung deeds, like flightless birds.

    Legends of the deepest dark,
    Airy ascensions climb cloudy peaks,
    Adventures of the moon do hark:
    Write the words in rice on trembling knees!

    What is this obssession with THE WORD?
    Why must we find the perfect phrase?
    This scribbled choice now seems absurd
    May summon purple plummy haze.

    Wordplay gets me through the day
    Of momdom’s endles cries of MORE
    I think in color: quick-don’t-delay,
    Write a rainbow, save the vibrant core.

  6. David, you are really kindling an interest in poetry by investing your time and energy in this blog! It is, of course, valuable for publicizing your work, but you are giving a priceless gift to everyone who enters your contests. Bravo!
    One suggestion: I’d like to see the winning poems posted.
    All best,

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