POETRY EDITOR'S COMMENTARY ON SENSATIONS MAGAZINE 2020 BEST NEWCOMER CONTEST, "GLOBAL WARMING" THEMED ENTRIES
"I apologize for the slight delay in posting contest decisions. I was immersed in other activities and personal matters, and needed to be in the right frame of mind to properly review and decide upon the choices. Each poem submitted was read by me multiple times.
Overall, I was very pleased with the quality of work submitted, and the research and craft that went into many submissions. Where I did not accept a submitted poem, 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 (if I really liked the poem, I may have changed line breaks and done minor edits to get your poem within the 45-characters-per-line limit); (2) though good to excellent, the poem did not hone closely enough to the "Global Warming" theme to meet my satisfaction; (3) either the approach, or the craft, or both were not up to the same par as your other submissions; and/or (4) another poet overlapped on a similar thematic tack, yet in a manner more to my liking than your submission."
Accepted poets also will be given the opportunity to upgrade to full 2020-2021 subscriber status in mid-August, which will open to them the opportunity to submit to Supplement 11, "Decade of Dichotomy, 2011-2020," coming Spring 2021 (postmark deadline TBD, details coming later).
POETS NEW TO OUR PAGES VIA OUR 2020 BEST NEWCOMER CONTEST FOR SENSATIONS MAGAZINE SUPPLEMENT 10, "GLOBAL WARMING": 5
TOTAL NUMBER OF CONTEST ENTRY POEMS ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION: 11
Here are the winners of our 2020 Best Newcomer Contest on the "Global Warming" theme!
In total, 11 poems by 5 poets new to our pages have been accepted for publication. They are:
FIRST PLACE AWARD - (1) - Salvatore Roseo, Aberdeen, New Jersey.
Acceptance of 3 poems, and $40 cash award:
"Shaped by Fire"
"The Western Passage of the Planetary Passenger"
"The Planet's Quiet Exhale"
SECOND PLACE AWARD - (1) - Kyle Golphenee, Portland, Oregon.
Acceptance of 2 poems, and $20 cash award:
"The Whole Point of No Return"
"How It Blows Over"
THIRD PLACE AWARDS - (3) - In alphabetical order, acceptances of 2 poems apiece:
Mary Redus, Vinton, Virginia
"Moving On Up"
David M. Williams, South Orange, New Jersey
"Maggie Sheridan (2025-2105)"
Xandt Wyntreez, Montclair, New Jersey
"Otto Sees His Shrink"
"Pyre Down Below"
Please join me in congratulating all our winners!
JULY 19, 2020
POETS RETURNING TO OUR PAGES IN SENSATIONS MAGAZINE SUPPLEMENT 10, "GLOBAL WARMING," 2020: 25
TOTAL NUMBER OF POEMS BY RETURNING POETS: 62
Below are the titles of poems accepted that were submitted by our active 2020-2021 subscribers. If a title from your submission batch is NOT listed below, it was not accepted for publication.
Titles accepted are listed per poet, in alphabetical order by title. Subscribers were invited to submit up to 5 poems on theme. My decisions on these acceptances are final.
Sensations Magazine 2020-2021 subscribers will see the final sequencing of poems in Supplement 10, which is targeted for completion and shipping in December 2020.
Joel Allegretti, Fort Lee, NJ
"Ghost Fox and Spirit Seal"
" 'The Midnight Sun' "
Dennis Wayne Bressack, Woodstock, NY
"Forests Are Not For Machines"
"Where Are the Bees?"
Laurie Byro, Hewitt, NJ
"Arctic Fox" (Sonnet)
Patricia Carragon, Brooklyn, NY
"chaos goes viral" (Sequenced Haiku)
Blair Ewing, Lutherville, MD
"Miss Ethyl Dibromide Sends Her Regrets"
"The End of the World as You Know It"
Davidson Garrett, New York, NY
"Give Bees a Banquet to Save Them"
"Green House Gas Acrostic" (Acrostic)
"In the Not Too Distant Future" (Pantoum)
"Stop Murdering Rhinoceroses" (Sonnet)
Karen Haefelin, Manchester, NJ
D. Scott Humphries, Sandyston, NJ
"Living in New Jersey"
"Lynx Rufus Crosses the Lawn" (Sonnet)
"The Right Choice"
"The Solution was..."
Steve Koenig, Brooklyn, NY
"Las Mariposas de Monarcha (Monarch Butterflies)" (Sonnet)
Paul Kiritsis, Redwood City, CA
"An Ancient Tuatara Speaks" (Sonnet)
"The Denial of Climate Change"
Denise La Neve, Wayne, NJ
"Deseeding the Garden"
"What our World Might One Day Become"
"Without Care" (Pantoum)
Susanna Lee, Lafayette, NJ
"Too Late To Tread Lightly"
Annmarie Lockhart, Englewood, NJ
"Song of the Last North American Jaguar" (Sonnet)
"Too Late, God Reconsiders"
Vince Marano, Bronx, NY
"Vaquita in morning" (Sonnet)
David Messineo, Lafayette, NJ
"Where The Wild Things Aren't" (Sonnet)
"Greta in the Dum Dum Palace"
Paul Nash, Wayne, NJ
"French Sonnet for an Endangered Passerine" (Sonnet)
Morton D. Rich, Blairstown, NJ
"L'Chaim - To the Future!"
"Unless it rains"
Susanna Rich, Blairstown, NJ
"Coral Speaks" (Sonnet)
"On the Eighth Day, God Looks Down on the United States of Getmoreof,
Checks Global Temperatures, and Offers Gaia a Solution"
"Once, Our Lake"
" 'She's So Hot!' "
"The Oceans are Salty, Continue to Rise"
Lynn Veach Sadler, Burlington, NC
"First Acid But Now Also Plastic Rain"
"The Black Summer for Koalas, 2019-2020" (Sonnet)
"The Latest Aptitude of Alliteration: Paint, Pluvia, and Poetry"
"We Lose Earth, Start Over"
Joanne Santiglia, Clifton, NJ
"The Ivory Gull and the Polar Bear" (Sonnet)
John J. Trause, Wood-Ridge, NJ
"Endangered Generation" (Sonnet)
"Nary a Narwhale" (Sonnet)
Dianalee Velie, Newbury, NH
"Polar Express" (Sonnet)
David F. Vincenti, West Caldwell, NJ
"Salamander Lament" (Sonnet)
"Making a Contribution"
"Prayer for a Future Generation"
Jacqueline de Weever, Brooklyn, NY
"Sea Turtles" (Sonnet)
Jason E. Ybarra, Harrisonburg, VA
"Shenandoah Salamander" (Sonnet)
POETRY EDITOR'S COMMENTARY ON SENSATIONS MAGAZINE 2020 "GLOBAL WARMING" THEMED SUBMISSIONS FROM OUR 2020-2021 SUBSCRIBERS
"Sitting outside Tuesday afternoon, July 21, 2000 - 92 degrees in the shade of the black walnut tree in the backyard - offered the IDEAL backdrop for getting in the mood and zone of reading, judging, and selecting global warming-themed poems for publication! I was surprised to get multiple poems on the jaguar and the salamander for our 'Sonnets on the Road to Extinction' subsection, and enjoying the diversity of approaches on poetically tacking and addressing this serious topic.
There will be unusual research compilations I will be doing over the coming weeks, to further highlight the dire nature of global warming's rapid acceleration. To do this right, I will be giving myself more time for preparation and magazine production. There is no firm need to have Supplement 10 completed, printed, and shipped by Monday August 3, though that remains my target date, as I have a second major project I am to start on that date. If production needs to be extended beyond August 2, so be it. There will not be a public reading from Supplement 10 until we have a widely available COVID vaccine, so I will give myself the extra time if necessary.
Because of the stress we've all experienced due to COVID concerns, I understand some poets are not thinking as clearly as usual. Though we specified a line limit of 14 lines and up, I received several that were fewer than 14 lines. I will forgive multiple typos coming in on poems from poets who usually are very meticulous on this - but gently remind you to please proofread and double-check your submissions next time around.
You doing your job professionally makes my portion of this so much easier. Thank you to all the poets above for often writing to spec and staying on theme. I look forward to presenting you with a creative and jaw-dropping take on "Global Warming" before the end of 2020."
JULY 21, 2020
NEXT UP: Sensations Magazine Supplement 11, "Decade of Dichotomy, 2011-2020," coming Spring 2021.