Change of Seasons (John Egan) – very thought provoking, great metaphors and alliteration, and a fabulous simile to finish!
Words from the Competition Secretary:
Running a poetry competition is an interesting thing. It goes from highs to lows and then back to highs again. The announcing of the competition, putting the word out there, and then worrying there would only be a couple of entries, back up again, when the entries roll in, in increasing numbers as the closing date approaches.
I'm not the judge of this competition, but I get excited when I open the mail, thinking I've discovered the poem that could be the winner. I was wrong again about who the winner would be, but I was very happy with the judge's choices.
Some of the names of the winners were already known to me, some were new names, but all of the poets awarded are deserving of their awards. The next theme for the poetry themehas een thought on, but won't be officially announced until the final day of the Gawler Festival of Words, which is happening 24-26 July 2015.
I thank everyone who entered this competition, this time and every previous competition. The point that nis most obvious to me is that poetry isn't dead in Australia - Performance Poetry is getting bigger and bigger, and competitions of written poetry are out there for anyone who'd like to have a go.
Adelaide Plains Poets is a writing group that is getting bigger and bigger too, and meeting new poets, helping new poets and not so new poets who've been hiding, to come out and put their words 'out there' is exciting. I hope to continue running poetry competitions for many years to come!
President & Competition Secretary, Adelaide Plains Poets