WIZ’s 2012 Spring Poetry Runoff Competition and Celebration is underway


Wilderness Interface Zone’s 2012 Spring Poetry Runoff Competition and Celebration opened its post pages for spring-themed poetry on March 26.  Please come join the fun, either by submitting your best vernal verse in competition or non-competition categories or by reading and voting for your favorite poems.  Prizes will be awarded for the Most Popular Poem and for an Admin Award.  WIZ will also have other activities for fun and enjoyment, including its customary haiku chain and a WIZ Retro Review giveaway to interested participants of an old-timey movie, Come Next Spring–an intelligent flick about second chances.

If you’d like to add your poetry to the flow, please go here and read the rules.

Voting begins for WIZ’s 2011 Spring Runoff Most Popular Poem Award

Over at AMV’s companion blog Wilderness Interface Zone, our 6 and 1/2 weeks of Spring Poetry Runoff have finished.  The last poems have posted and voting to decide which one wins the 2011 Spring Poetry Runoff’s Most Popular Poem Award runs through Saturday, May 14th.  Participating poets, please come vote, and let your friends and family members know about the voting, too.  Everyone is invited to participate in choosing the Spring Runoff’s Most Popular Poem Award winner.

Profuse thanks to all the fine poets who contributed to the Spring Poetry Runoff, not only for participating beautifully but also for exceeding (once again) my expectations for the number, quality, and wide-ranging nature of poems submitted.    There really was a great turnout of celebrants and a beguiling show of high-quality verse.  And a shout out to Carla Martin-Wood and my son Saul, who provided pix to brighten up the site for everyone.

The poll to determine the winner of the Spring Poetry Runoff Popular Poem Award will close Saturday, May 14, but winners of both the popular vote and the Admin Award will be announced on or around Monday, May 16th.   So keep an eye on WIZ to see how matters settle out.  Also, grab your fav’rit munchies.  Twenty-five poems qualified for the voting, any one of which can cause you to linger longer.   Also: To ease the discomfort of exercising your agency in  a veritable candy store of choices, each voter can vote for his or her three favorite poems!  Instructions on how to access the poems are available in the post”“please read all instructions carefully.

To vote, click here.

The winner of the Most Popular Poem Award and the winner of the Admin Award will receive their choices of  Mark Bennion’s Song and Selah: A Poetic Journey Through The Book Of Mormon (Bentley Enterprises 2009), A Metaphorical God: Poems ( Persea 2008) by Kimberly Johnson, or The Clearing (Texas Tech University Press 2007) by Philip White.

WIZ’s Spring Poetry Runoff Contest has sprung!

Wilderness Interface Zone’s Spring Poetry Runoff has begun.  It’s packed with festivities, including, of course, the Spring Poetry Runoff Contest, a haiku chain in which anybody may participate, music, and non-competing guest posts.  This week we have scheduled poetry by Davey Morrison, Karen Kelsay, Gabriel Aresti Jr., and Mary-Celeste Lewis–all very vernal in nature and quite engaging.  On Tuesday, March 23, an mp3 of Arthur Hatton’s song “You’re Better Than That” will post–well worth hearing.

Poets: there’s still plenty of time to enter the Spring Poetry Runoff Contest.  Entries will be accepted until March 31, and each poet may submit up to three poems.  All poems should have at their heart thoughts of spring, or they should at least mention spring among other musings about the human/nature story.  The winner will be determined by readers’ choice and he or she will receive as a prize his or her choice of Lance Larson’s Backyard Alchemy or Scott Hatch’s Mapping the Bones of the World. Entries will post until all poems have been posted.  Following that, a poll that will go up on WIZ to allow readers to vote for their favorite poem.

Beside the Readers’ Choice prize, we at WIZ have decided to add a second prize”“the Admin Award, for the poem we like best.  The winner of the Admin Award will receive the same prize as the Readers’ Choice Award winner”“his or her choice of the aforementioned books of verse.

As mentioned before, non-competing poems and other verse-oriented submissions are welcomed during the Spring Poetry Runoff.  So please come by WIZ and join the fire ring.  Tell a story, sing a song, comment, or just read and wander off into the nearest park, canyon, or garden.