Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Adelaide Plains Poets 'Truth' Poetry Competition

Adelaide Plains Poets Poetry Competition – Judge’s Report 2018

The winners of this competition were announced during the Adelaide Plains Festival of Words, as the penultimate event of the Festival.The Competition Judge, Alex Robertson, read his report (below). Some of the winning Open Section poets were present and their winning entries were read.

'This year there were nearly 90 entries in the open section and smaller (under 20 each) for the secondary and primary sections. There were a range of formats dealing with the topic with varying degrees of success presenting the theme of Truth.

We had the entry from young and old providing perspectives from aged and some naive experiences… There were perspectives from family violence, prison terms, political and current affairs viewpoints as well as traditional ballad formats. Interestingly, whilst politics featured in a couple of poems, the topic of relationships (family violence, unequal associations and love interests) were high on the agenda with many poems in the open section dealing with those concerns. The entries that piqued the interest of the judge were those that had a tale to tell, were true to form given the format of the sub-genre of poetry, and left a resounding impression after the piece was read. 

For the winners, whilst unique stories to tell featured highly, there was not a discrimination on rhyming verse or older formats.  All of the place getters and highly commended had tried and true devices, imagery and/or other features which set them apart from other entries. Those who didn’t “make the cut” were perhaps a little vague in their description, not being precise enough in their ability to label their content effectively. Sticking to the theme was also a tricky matter, with some entries not showing enough of a direct relationship to tackle the theme of truth in their work. A minor situation for some authors didn’t suitably break up their content into different stanzas.

The primary section had a clear winner, with content talking about a leader, a highly descriptive piece, revealing the identity in the final lines.  Second place recipient spoke of a lion’s truthfulness, using imagery to personify this big cat’s traits. Third place drew on personal experience, looking upon reflection – a moment of indecision and black thoughts as opposed to the brightness and colour of a normal personality. 

The secondary section drew a complexity of emotions. The first-place getter looked at friendship as an issue where in today’s society it is difficult to do. The second place looked at a brief but effective poem, considering a proposal. The third winning entry considered emotion as a battleground in the theme of war.

The Open section had one outstanding piece that showed the bleak but necessary topic of understanding family violence. This was a deep understanding on a very complex issue. Second place somewhat shared the domestic theme of first place but put it into the view of first person, considering the issue of stolen children from a child’s perspective. The winner of third place had a jovial tale of whether a grandfather told the truth in a tale of rhyming verse, allowing reflection at the end of the poem.

All in all, there were tales and truths to be told, many effectively done on a range of topics. It is pleasing to see that the standard set was very high, especially in the open section. The theme was a worthy one, allowing personal experience and imagination to flow and give the judge much to think about in a Twenty-first Century setting. 

Congratulations to all who entered and for those who didn’t place, there is always next year.'

Winning Poem Open Section Adelaide Plains Poets 'Truth'


Pulling Strings by Cathy Hinder
His circular conversations, a word salad ensemble,
a deliberately designed instrument of concussion to
an abused, bruised mind, as it slowly implodes,
diminishing the ability to focus, or foster self-worth.
Manipulated and controlled,
independent thinking insidiously erased by
covertly pulling strings,
spinning an alternate distorted version of reality.
Unfathomable, akin to psychological pain on steroids.
Cunning lies, shaming, blaming,
intuition rendered redundant,
his twisted truth eroding her fragile core.
Tip-toeing through hair triggered landmines,
aware, always anticipating
the next round, the inevitable explosion
of toxic words, warfare and inexplicable terror.
The last shreds of sanity collapse
as another shattered woman
slips silently into statistical oblivion ...
collateral damage from a private war at home.
Sensational news headlines, broadcasting crimes of passion.
Commercial interests embellish, sexualize and distort facts.
An audience of self-appointed judges and jurors, aghast,
“Why didn’t she just leave”?
Those asking that brutal question
uninformed, uneducated, unwilling to accept the truth,
seek to blame the victim,
“It must be her fault”.
The defendant smirks, entitled, triumphant,
deflects responsibility, holds no accountability,
a player winning a game ...
leaving no whisper of forensic evidence.
The truth, adjourned in an empty Courtroom,
awaits verdict, seeking justice while
details are dissected amongst the chosen few
on a deadly yet invisible crime, not one of them previously knew

Monday, July 23, 2018

Winners Will Be Announced

The judge has made his decision, and the winners of the Adelaide Plains Poets poetry competition will be announced on 29 July, so that's next Sunday. I know who the winners are now, and am looking forward to the big day!

This will be a part of the final day of the Adelaide Plains Festival of Words, where there will be lunch at the P/A Hotel, then the announcement of the winners, then te reading of the winning entries and then the usual Gawler Poets at the Pub event, where poets from all over can come along, put their name down in the book, pay their gold coin donation and then they'll have up to three minutes to read their creative words!

I love poetry, creative writing, I love being with my friends and I love this hotel where the friendship is warm and the coffee wonderful! I'm told the cold drinks available are pretty good too. Lunch there is worth checking out as well, fine food indeed!

Monday, July 9, 2018

'Truth' Poetry Competition entries have closed


So the entry date is passed now, and the competition secretary is waiting for a few more entries to roll in with the post. On Thursday the judge will receive the entries that have come in so far. Numbers in the Open section were lower than the last competition, but the entries on the two student sections were higher.

The theme of 'Truth' was a broad one again, and poets have taken some very different angles on the theme. It will be interesting what the judge ultimately awards as the winners, but there will be a special prize if entries deemed as important by the competition don't attact similar recognition from the judge.

Such are the benefits for being both the competition secretary and the president. Some themes will always attract different thoughts, depending on gender and lived experience. There may be a collection published if sufficient entries are likely to fit into a particular theme. Talks have begun on this issue, and will continue once the judging and awards are done.

Speaking of the awards 'being done', the winners will be announced on the final day of the Adelaide Plains Festival of Words, just before the running of the Gawler Poets at the Pub. The competition secretary will contact all of the award winners, once they are known, so they can come along to collect their certificate and/or cheque.

The Adelaide Plains Festival of Words event will be at the P/A hotel in Gawler on 29th of July, 1.30pm. Whether you're a winner or not, you will be able to hear the winning poems read on the day, by the winner, if they are available, or by another poet if not. It should be a fun afternoon!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Details for Poetry Competition Available Here!

Yes, the next poetry competition details are now available and available right here! The theme for this competition is "TRUTH", and the competition secretary and the Judge are keen to see what the entrants are going to do with the theme, interesting things indeed, going by previous competitions, that's for sure!


ADELAIDE PLAINS POETS Inc. POETRY COMPETITION 2018 
‘TRUTH’ 

1st, 2nd & 3rd cash prizes, plus Highly Commended & Commended certificates as awarded by judge. Total prize pool over $700 
ENTRY GUIDELINES 
Work entered in this competition must be original, in English, unpublished and not have won a prize in any other competition. Authors retain copyright. 
Theme ‘Truth’ - Poems entered must in some way refer to the theme 
Open Class - poets 18 years & older 
Junior sections – Primary School student (one poem only), Secondary School student (one poem only) 
To maintain anonymity, entrant’s name should appear on entry form only, not on poems. Entry forms are to include entrant’s name, address, phone number, titles of poems submitted. 
Entries should be typed, on one side of paper only, one poem to a page 
Poems to be no longer than 60 lines 
Entry fees: Open class $10 for first poem, $5 for every poem entered thereafter 
            Junior classes - no entry fee, only one poem per student 
Cheques/money orders to be made payable to Adelaide Plains Poets Inc Or electronically using these details: BSB 105-009 Acc 105 954 340 (please give poet’s name with electronic payment) 

Entries to: Competition Secretary, 1594 Germantown Rd REDBANKS SA 5502 
Entries to be received by close of business 6 July 2018 – entries received after this date may not be considered for the competition. 
Authors should retain a copy of their work 

For further details contact: Competition secretary, Ms C Cordon  at 0418 806 490, kittycordo@gmail.com  or  http://carolyn-poeticpause.blogspot.com.au/ ******************************************************************* 
ADELAIDE PLAINS POETS Inc. POETRY COMPETITION 2018 
‘TRUTH’ 

ENTRY FORM 
Name……………………………………………………………..…..……………………Phone………………………………… 
Address……………………………………………..………………….……………………………………………………………… 
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Email……………………………..…………………….. 

Title of poem/s - ……………………………………………………..…………..………………….……………………………………………………… 
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 (use back of page for additional entries)  
Entrants’ names or other details must not appear on poems 
Declaration by author: I agree to comply with the Entry Guidelines and declare that the written work submitted in my name is my own original work and has not been copied in part, or in full, from any other source. 
Author’s signature…………………………………………………………..date…………………………..……..………... 
Date of birth (if entering a junior section) ……………………………….…………………………  
Secondary School or Primary School - which?  (circle one if appropriate) 
Name of school (if entering junior section) ……………………………………..………….……………………..     
Entry fees: Open class $10 for first poem, $5 for every poem entered thereafter  
(OPEN CLASS ONLY – NO FEE FOR JUNIOR ENTRIES) 
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES – 6 July 2018 
Cheques/money orders to be made payable to Adelaide Plains Poets Inc, and sent with entries to Competition Secretary, 1594 Germantown Rd REDBANKS SA 5502 Or electronically using these details: BSB 105-009 Acc 105 954 340 


Authors should retain a copy of their work, entries will not be returned without provision of a stamped self-addressed envelope, and a written request.