2023

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Poem of the Year

As 2023 is behind us, we reflect on the 12 monthly winners that have moved us with their powerful imagery and emotional resonance. Each poem is a winner in its own right, and we celebrate the beauty that these poets have brought into our lives — And now, without further ado, it is our great pleasure to announce the Poem of the Year.

Candidates

January Winner

Resiliency

February Winner

Still Broken

March Winner

Ancient Lace

April Winner

The Flower

Winner!
May Winner

Who Are You Today?

July Winner

The Angler

September Winner

The Duet

October Winner

The Treefort

Share your thoughts about our Poem of The Year with the community:

14 Comments
  • lovingempath
    Congratulations Jordan! Beautiful piece of poetry and a well deserved win.
    LikeReply 12 months ago
  • FLi
    Congratulations to the winner!!! :)

    Also, I just want to give emphasis to this idea - "All of your works are indeed great, it's just a matter of preference. Just the mere fact that each poem in this contest had already won 1st place is in itself an evident proof that people had appreciated its beauty for simply what it is."

    As such, I would like to make a toast to everyone's amazing poems.

    Let us all keep the good wtiting going. :)
     
    LikeReply 22 months ago
  • wyrwolf
    Some lines moved me deeply - and that is what Poetry is about, and therefore validates this.
    But for the most part the overuse of Quatrains and the too common frankly bad Rhythm or lack of cohesive Theme meant that it was a chore to get through them all. 
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • adam.gutteridge
    Congratulations to Jordan on a fantastic win!
    And congratulations to all on the list.
    I echo what Randy said, it is an honour to be part of the competition.
    I wasn’t writing at all this time last year and now it is a very important part of my life.
    The community is so supportive . I’d like to give a special mention to John (Vixility). His encouragement is a huge reason that I continued to write after my first entry. And I know he has done the same for many others.
    Thank you to the poetry team and the soulful, warm and super-talented community.
     
    LikeReply 42 months ago
  • IainMcLean
    Nice to see the Iambic tetrameter. The beat of our hearts and language (The power of Wordsworth), adds a sort of cheeriness of tone as we stride towards our fate. Also the freshness from writing first draft in one go at 2am. Love "the permanance of all that's lost / In everything you've found". Congrats. 
    LikeReply 12 months ago
  • npirandy
    It has been a humbling honor to be included in this competition. Every entry of the other competitors was worthy of the grand prize. This community of writers is not only talented, but they are gracious and complimentary. You all offer the encouragement of the creative mind. I hope to view each one of you as my friend. 
    LikeReply 42 months ago
    • adam.gutteridge
      Likewise Randy. I couldn’t have said it better. It truly is a wonderful community of the best kind of people.
      I feel proud to be a part of it.
      LikeReply 22 months ago
  • npirandy
    To be honored among the worthy entrants of this competition is truly a great accomplishment. I give you a well-deserved congratulations!
    LikeReply 22 months ago
  • Philipo
    Congrats to all.
    LikeReply 12 months ago
  • susan.brumel
    Congratulations to you all. I’ve enjoyed each poem very much, and look forward to your future submissions.
    LikeReply 22 months ago
  • lovingempath
    Has a winner been decided on rinat?
    LikeReply 12 months ago
    • rinat
      Hi! Yes, we do have a winner, and the big reveal is scheduled for the 15th of this month. Stay tuned for the exciting announcement!
      LikeReply 22 months ago
    • Vixility
      I was wondering the same. Thanks for the update!
      LikeReply 12 months ago
  • Norrel28
    Let's vote Poty up!
    LikeReply 13 months ago
  • rinat
    Quick note: the competition is intense, and we currently have a tie at the top. Every vote matters!
    LikeReply 33 months ago
  • FLi
    During the month of May competition, I was so torn between two poems. I ended up voting for "Homesick" which is really worthy of my vote. :) But at the back of my mind, I have these words saying - "If only we are allowed to give more than just one vote, I won't hesitate to vote for "Who Are You Today" poem as well. And now, a rare opportunity had clearly presented itself to me.

    I can't wait to see the results. Good luck to all! :)
     
    LikeReply 33 months ago
    • Soulwriter
      love this and love how supportive you are of your fellow poets!
      LikeReply 33 months ago
    • susan.brumel
      You may be clairvoyant! : )
      LikeReply 12 months ago
    • FLi
      Hello there Susan! I just want to take this opportunity to tell you that I actually love most of your works. In fact, in the previous competitions, two of your poems made it to my top 10 and I am proud to say that during the last month's contest, your poem got my vote. Looking forward to read more of your amazing writings. :) 
      LikeReply2 months ago
  • jerrylogie
    Well at least they are offering a monetary award this year for the prize. I had to suggest a plaque with the poem of the year on it so I could receive recognition for last years contest. No money was ever offered...I got the plaque about two months later...Congratulations to this years winner, good luck to all... 
    LikeReply 13 months ago
    • acronimous
      Thank you for sharing your experience, Jerry — and we appreciate your feedback. We value your input and have taken it to heart. We're constantly striving to improve our contests and recognize the efforts of participants. The introduction of a monetary award this year is part of our commitment to enhancing the overall experience. We hope you continue to participate and enjoy future contests with us. Congratulations again on being selected as last year's winner, and best of luck to all! 
      LikeReply 43 months ago

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