2019 BEST NEWCOMER CONTEST DECISIONS
THEME: "WESTWARD EXPANSION, 1784-1959"
TOTAL NUMBER OF CONTEST POEMS TO BE PUBLISHED: 11, AS LISTED BELOW:
FIRST PLACE / $50 - D. Scott Humphries, Sandyston, NJ
"Moving, Language of Trade, 1784"
"The Code of Religious Offenses, 1883"
"Jesse James Rides Again"
SECOND PLACE / $25 - Linda Nemec Foster, Grand Rapids, MI
"The Immigrant Family from Poland, 1910"
"Reading The Grapes of Wrath in English Class"
THIRD PLACE - Jason E. Ybarra, Harrisonburg, VA
"Morse vs. Horse"
"Go back where?"
FOURTH PLACE - Multiple awards. In alphabetical order by last name of poet:
R. Bremner, Glen Ridge, NJ - "Sacagawea"
Karen Fitzpatrick, Magnolia, DE - "Lost"
Esther Stenson, Harrisonburg, VA - "Promised Land Revisited"
Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, New York, NY - "Son of Red Thunder"
COMMENTARY ON 2019 BEST NEWCOMER CONTEST ENTRIES
"I'm pleased to welcome the above seven poets to the pages of Sensations Magazine for the first time. I was impressed with both craft and approach in the accepted poems, and thank you for your entries!
If you entered the contest and submitted a poem whose title is not listed above, that poem was not accepted. Reasons for rejection could have included, but are not limited to, these: (1) The poem exceeded the 45-characters-per-line limit, which was clearly stated on this site and in paper flyers, and thus was disqualified; (2) though good to excellent, the poem did not hone closely enough to the "Westward Expansion" theme to meet my satisfaction; (3) either the approach, or the craft, or both were not up to the same par as your accepted submission.
All of the above poets are invited to join us (at their own expense) in Sussex County, NJ on Sun July 28, starting 1pm, for our "progressive reading" at three Sussex County, NJ sites, starting with a group luncheon and reading at a local smokehouse/restaurant. We expect to have the day completed by 6pm.
Accepted poets also will be given the opportunity to upgrade to full 2019 subscriber status in mid-October, which will open to them the opportunity to submit to Supplement 9, "Art Deco," coming December 2019 (postmark deadline Oct 15, details coming later).
Finally, since the 2019 Best Newcomer Contest did not achieve all of our goals, we will be offering a 2020 Best Newcomer Contest for Supplement 10, "Global Warming," to be published in the Summer of 2020. Details about that contest will be posted on this site in April 2020.
As is our standard policy, poems may not be retracted once accepted for publication, for other publications or for any other reason. Sensations Magazine acquires first-time publication rights for the above pieces, as well as the right to republish the above poems in any future additional printings of Sensations Magazine Supplement 8.
This contest is now closed, and my decisions above are final. Poem titles not listed above are now released back to the authors, and may be submitted to other publishers. The two cash awards will be mailed to our two winners on or before July 1, 2019.
Please join me in congratulating our winners - and read below to see which poets will be returning to our pages, and joining the poets above!"
FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019
POETS RETURNING TO OUR PAGES IN 2019 IN
SENSATIONS MAGAZINE SUPPLEMENT 8, "WESTWARD EXPANSION"
TOTAL NUMBER OF POEMS TO BE PUBLISHED: 44 (AND COUNTING)
IMPORTANT NOTE: The list below is a work-in-progress as of June 14, 2019. If your name is here but a poem title is missing, then that poem has not been accepted. If your name is not here, I have not completed making my decisions on your entries. More names and titles may be added, as I work through the entries and finalize my decisions. The following poets and poem titles are definitely in:
Joel Allegretti, Fort Lee, NJ
"A Sorghum Farmer in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1935"
Dennis Wayne Bressack, Woodstock, NY
Patricia Carragon, Brooklyn, NY
"On This Trail of Tears" (Haiku)
"Blazing Sun" (Haiku)
Davidson Garrett, New York, NY
"A Role Model for Children: 1885"
"The Last Frontier Is Not On My Bucket List"
Anne E. Haehl, Lawrence, KS
"Kill the Indian"
"Fear settled my City"
"The big black wings"
"Disease had always been effective"
Lindsay Holeman, Highland Park, NJ
Denise La Neve, Wayne, NJ
"Lunchtime in Greenwood County, Kansas"
Denise La Neve and Paul Nash, Wayne, NJ
"The Trail of Broken Promises" (Tandem Poem)
Susanna Lee, Lafayette, NJ
"Getting to Yes" (Cinquain)
"There's No Place for Lily in Philly" (Rhyme)
"Long Shots" (Haiku)
Vincent Marano, Bronx, NY
"An Erie Power" (Haiku)
"Another Dream Deferred"
"The Promised Land On Ice"
David Messineo, Lafayette, NJ
Paul Nash, Wayne, NJ
"Alaxsxaq and the Argonauts"
Susanna Rich, Blairstown, NJ
"From Sacagawea: Shoshone Woman" (Pantoum)
"From Dat-So-La-Lee: Washo Basket Weaver" (Villanelle)
"From The Donner Party"
"From The Land: The Dust Bowl"
Joanne Santiglia, Clifton, NJ
"Justice of the Tempest"
"The Ones Who Drove The Spikes"
John J. Trause, Wood-Ridge, NJ
"Rebecca Winters' Grave"
"The Dinner Party"
David F. Vincenti, West Caldwell, NJ
"A Place Among the Powers"
"Meriwether Lewis Inspects the Keelboat" (Triolet)
"The Erie School of Engineers"
"Notes from Jackson's Address to the Creeks"
Barrie Wennberg, Cape May Court House, NJ
Joe Wennberg, Cape May Court House, NJ
And decisions will be made shortly on poems submitted by the following poets:
Annmarie Lockhart, Englewood, NJ
Elizabeth Akin Stelling, Princeton, NJ
Galen Warden, Beaufort, SC