Well that’s it for another year – the winners have been chosen, I’ve sent them all emails to notify them, and it’s just a matter now of getting the prizes out to everybody. And trying to overcome the desire to run screaming from the room every time my inbox goes ting …
But enough of that, I hear you cry, we don’t care about the scars to your mental health. A pox upon it! Tell us, you tormentress, who won?
I’m so glad you asked. Drumroll please:
Redefinite by Olivia Macassey
Too late for our favourite pasta restaurant (the one with ambience and an interesting beer list) by Kirstie McHale
la maison oiseau by Briar Lawry
Karori by Mark Edgecomb
Se • par • ate by Ivy Alvarez
Tiger Tiger by Anita Arlov
Animale by Wanda Barker
Bare Cupboards by Jessica Ensing
the thing between us by Gail Ingram
Musings from a bathtub at 5am by Sue Le Mesurier
12AM, Bathtub by Rebecca Nash
The not Quite Tragic tale of Alphonse Fudge by Julia Scanlon
Bruised Dawn by Sophia Wilson
Bonus Special Mention for Best Poem taking advantage of me mistyping Bathtub as Bathub:
Dracula by Rachel Connor
The winning poems are all now up on the competition page – same password as before.
We had 376 people register for the competition, and 184 poems make it in by the deadline. For those of you who are wondering what the words were, they were as follows:
Quite a few people wrote about waiters behaving in a manner that doesn’t inspire me to eat out any time soon. And judges didn’t fare a lot better. Trousers tended to be down, bathtubs used for unhappy purposes, and mutton spent a lot of poem-time wearing lipstick and a mini-skirt, so-to-speak. Terminal was used medically far more often than transportation-ly, But the word that caused the most consternation was bonce, for which people can blame Erik Kennedy. The most successful poems used it to set the tone of the whole piece, or riffed on it in various ways.
So there you have it. I look forward to encountering these poems again in magazines and at readings. (Although I may need to be fortified with strong alcohol first, so give me a bit of notice!)
Again, many thanks to our generous sponsor, Victoria University Press. And thank you to everyone who took part – I did warn you that there would be chaos …