Announcing the Winners of the
2017 "Into the Beautiful" Poetry Contest!
Congratulations to all our winners!
OUR CHILD POETRY HONORABLE MENTIONS!
(In alphabetical order by first name.)
Abigail Wheeler, "Rock Journey"
Braelynn Mangold, "The Journey"
Ella Simon, "The Journey of Hunting Rights"
Eve Omura, "Journey Through Memories"
Jenna Survoy, "Montana, Sweet Home and Mirthful Journey"
John Kelly, "Journey of a Boy's Racing Heart"
Joseph M. Wood, "Changes"
Nicholas Braun, "Aging Fears"
Timothy Norling, "Memories"
Wally Crosby, "Nature"
OUR TEEN POETRY HONORABLE MENTION!
(In alphabetical order by first name.)
Ashlie Potter, "Locked in a Glass Case"
Tana Campbell, "Run Away"
OUR ADULT POETRY CONTEST HONORABLE MENTION!
James Van Ness, "The Other Side"
OUR THIRD PLACE POETRY CONTEST WINNERS!
Child Poet: Elliot Laroche for "Journey to Everest"
From the Editor: "Elliot drops the reader into a bitter and difficult journey--an attempt to scale Mount Everest. In a heartwrenching twist, he juxtaposes the glory so many hope to find in this feat with the reality of death."
Teen Poet: Tana Campbell for "Family Pictures"
From the Editor: "Tana's poem paints a sad picture of the loss and brokenness that comes from divorce and/or family tragedy. We are reminded that poetry is often cathartic and that it's okay to grieve for what we have lost. Beautiful work!"
Adult Poet: Geoff Smith for "a country road"
From the Editor: "Geoff takes you along for the ride along a winding road following a river. You can practically hear the crunching of gravel under your tires and feel the danger of being near the edge. His work reminds the reader that life comes with thrills and challenges in equal measure, and that one must 'ride the waves' and refrain from trying to 'conquer them.' Good advice and great work!"
OUR SECOND PLACE POETRY CONTEST WINNERS!
Child Poet: Sydney Yung for "The Journey of My Fears"
From the Editor: "Sydney's poem provides the reader with short 'screenshots' of things we find scary, all wrapped in a theme of spinning around--as if the reader is twirling through a labyrinth of fear. Very artfully done!"
Teen Poet: Aubrey Larson for "Obsession"
From the Editor: "Aubrey builds tension as she describes the reason behind her writing. For her, writing can be cathartic--a purging of negativity and a way to process the difficult times we experience. Nicely done!"
Adult Poet: Augusta Nichols for "Answers"
From the Editor: "Augusta paints a vivid picture of birds on a wire, juggling for position and adjusting to one another. She then compares this image with how we are often requires to adjust to life's transitions. Beautifully done!"
OUR FIRST PLACE POETRY CONTEST WINNERS!
Child Poet: Emmy Fanguy for "The Kind Woman in Autumn"
From the Editor: "Emmy once again thrills our readers with an artful metaphoric description of a tree in Autumn. Her use of personification paints a colorful picture of the autumn tree as a motherly figure who welcomes children and animals alike with a sacrificial and generous spirit. Excellent work!"
Teen Poet: Claire Parsons for "The Flight, The Flightless"
From the Editor: "Claire delights the reader with a description of birds and then compares this imagery with a nagging, painful memory. Her use of simile and metaphor is superb, and she leaves the reader wanting more. Very well done!"
Adult Poet: Al Leland for "Life's Journey"
From the Editor: "Al uses traveling along a highway as a metaphor for life--a life filled with unexpected turns and difficult, but beautiful, sights and experiences. At the end of it all we are reward with a 'safe, quiet rest.' Masterfully done!"
What are the prizes for the winners of the "Into the Beautiful" Poetry Contest?
Poetry Contest Winners (One for each of the three age categories: Adult, Teen, & Child)
First, Second & Third Place:
Name, title of poem, and a comment from S. E. Thomas, publisher/editor, published on our website.
1 Awards Certificate showing their name and the name of their winning entry.
Publication of poem, name, and bio in the front of the book, “Into the Beautiful: Poetry by Montana Artists.”
1 Paperback Copy of the Book “Into the Beautiful: Poetry by Montana Artists”
Name and title of poem published on our website.
Publication in the book, "Into the Beautiful: Poetry by Montana Artists," with a note of its honorable mention status.
Why didn't my poem win?
It can be very disappointing to work so hard on a piece and not see it win. Keep in mind, though, that many of the submissions we received, though they did not place in the contest, will nevertheless be published in our book "Into the Beautiful: Journeys," scheduled for release in January 2018. So, please keep an eye on your email for those notifications. However, if your poem DID NOT get accepted for publication, it was likely due to one of the following reasons:
It was too long. (We have a strict 20-line limit. If we can fit your poem onto the page in 20 lines, we will. But if not, your poem will be disqualified.)
You are not from Montana. (Sorry! Montana residents and college students only.)
The work was low quality. (Just try again next year and ask a friend or teacher to help you craft it well.)
The work did not follow the guidelines in some other way. (Be sure to read and follow the rules!)
Since the contest was free, you lose nothing by entering, so we encourage you to submit again next year!
(Password will be sent to all published authors via email by November 15th.)