|Hello everyone. I apologise for my absence. Work and my computer breaking and a lot of laziness and disenchantment has let me neglect this competition and its winners.|
Though there weren't many entries, you all did very well. I had a lot of trouble working my way through but thankfully I judge with a points system and therefore I can't become biased.
First place goes to Blacksand459 for "The Winter Fountains Gush For Thee" .
The Winter Fountains Gush For TheeWalk the dark hemisphere till she retires
This was elegantly crafted and it didn't feel like it was pieced together at all. In fact, it felt like it was composed solely by Stan himself. I commend him on his fine use of language and the emotion it evoked. It was an incredibly original piece, despite it having been pieced together from the words of William Cullen Bryant.
Second place goes to DrippingWords for "a monster's romantics".
a monster's romanticsI got a nervous habit and I drink too much.
This was an interesting piece that I reread a few times. I found new facets each and every time and I found it hard to stop reading it. Thanks for a wonderful piece of work, Caitlin.
Third place was a hard one to decide. Both remaining entries had different strengths and weaknesses. Dorkmaestro 's piece "Contemporary Christian Rock" had strength, passion and flow but I felt like it lacked a good conclusion. I was left wanting more. Perhaps that was the point? hopeburnsblue 's piece "New Love"
New LoveIn the sea of lovers without ships,was short and succinct and it had a wistful beauty about it. Its point was clear but it felt like while it was talking about trust and letting yourself be vulnerable, there wasn't a lot of that vulnerability in the piece. I realise these are Christina Perri's words and not yours, but it felt a little hollow.
Their scores were tied and so it is up to my own judgment for the third place winner. I give it to Dorkmaestro as while it felt unfinished, her piece evoked more. Thanks hopeburnsblue for showing us the beauty of subtle vulnerability.
I will give all their prizes in a few days. I am waiting on my pay.