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