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.

The Writing Fairy
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