Hi Everyone, and WELCOME to The Writing Fairy website. I'm Dorothea Helms, freelance writer, poet, book author, fiction dabbler, writing instructor, keynote speaker, humorist, wife, mother and slave to my English Bulldog, Margaret. My website is undergoing a facelift, boob lift, liposuction, weight loss program ... wait a minute - those are things I need personally. Sheesh. But my website IS in transition after being neglected for a LONG time. My goal is to inspire writers; my method humour (or humor in the U.S.). Enjoy!

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Archive for October, 2008

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED – it was tough to narrow it down to 10, and even tougher for the final judges to choose the winners, as all the entries were excellent.

AND SPEAKING OF JUDGES, THANK YOU TO:

First-round: Lois Gordon, Rich Helms
Final: Ruth Walker, Tim Bete

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FINALISTS:

Carol Burnside
J. Graham Ducker
Lorraine Gordon
Bette Hodgins
Pauline Johnson
Kathleen Martin
Annette McLeod
Jacquelyn O’Brien
Suzanne Robinson

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

FIRST PLACE : Kathleen Martin

Bite the bullet hard
Get your teeth into its shell
I can’t. They’re soaking

SECOND PLACE: Pauline Johnson

Teenage angst appears
She wants to be different
Just like all her peers

THIRD PLACE: Carol Burnside

I promised her that
I would never repeat this
so you can’t either

HONOURABLE MENTION: Graham Ducker

If I discover
where I am supposed to be,
I’ll probably move.

Stay tuned for the next Writing Fairy contest.

OK folks – we held the first-round judging at my home last evening, and there was a whole lot of giggling going on as I read the entries out loud. In fact, I heard some chuckles, guffaws and even belly laughs.

Each senryu poem was printed onto a separate piece of paper with a number only, so the judging was blind. The words – and syllables – had to stand on their own.

It was a tough job, but we narrowed down the list to 10 senryu entries.

The finalists are, in alphabetical order by last name:

Carol Burnside
J. Graham Ducker
Lorraine Gordon
Bette Hodgins
Pauline Johnson
Kathleen Martin
Annette McLeod
Jacquelyn O’Brien
Suzanne Robinson

NOTICE THERE ARE ONLY NINE NAMES?

YUP – Someone has TWO entries in the top 10! That’s the way the senryu crumbles.

The top 10 entries are winging their way to our final judges.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED, AND GOOD LUCK TO OUR FINALISTS.

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