It is our pleasure to announce the Winners and Honorable Mentions of the annual Streetlight Magazine Poetry Contest.
How did we arrive at our choices? We read a lot of poetry. We are both writers/poets. We have, no doubt, the same aspirations for our work as those submitting to this contest. We are sensitive to every entrant’s intention and effort.
Sharon and I do not use screeners so we separately read every anonymous entry independently. We then present each other with our preferred dozen or so and begin the back-and-forth process of willowing. In this process we often discuss the compelling aspects of the piece and inevitably the weaknesses of others.
We honor three ‘place’ winners and additional Honorable Mentions, though it must be said that each entry is considered for ‘regular’ posting. We want those submitting who may not ‘place’ to read our choices and agree that we selected poems they wish they had written themselves.
First Place: Linda Parsons for “Digging”
Second Place: Patricia Hemminger for “Considering My Last Carbon Footprints”
Third Place: Joyce Compton Brown for “Apology for Ralph’s Mule”
Joan Mazza for “We Left My Father and Sister at Home”
John Beck for “The Driver”
Tyler Phelps for “Dolphin with Number”
We encourage perseverance and wish for writing success for every participant.
—Sharon Ackerman and Fred Wilbur
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