Thanks to a gorgeous stream of entries, WIZâ€™s 2011 Spring Poetry Runoff Celebration ran even deeper into the season than did last year’s.Â And indeed, this year’s Runoff has been an inspiring show of green and fertile language, above and beyond what I had hoped. In fact, I’ve been wowed, not just by the craftsmanship of the poems that came in but also by the wide range of styles.Â Many thanks to those who joined the dance in whatever way they did!
Now, Dear WIZ Readers and Poets Participating in the Contest, it’s time to have a little more fun and play at being poetry judges for the next six daysâ€“part of the informal nature of this contest.Â But rather than limit each judge (thatâ€™s you) to just one vote, weâ€™re asking each voter to choose her or his 3 favorite poems of the 25 contest-eligible entries. Â The poll opens today and runs until 10:00 p.m. (Utah time) Saturday, May 14.
While readers and participants choose the winner(s) of the Spring Poetry Runoff Contest Popular Vote Award, WIZ admin will be choosing the winner of the Spring Poetry Runoff Admin Award. Â Winners of both awards will be announced in a post on or shortly after Monday, May 16 and will receive their choices of Mark Bennionâ€™s Psalm and Selah: A Poetic Journey Through The Book Of Mormon (Bentley Enterprises 2009), A Metaphorical God: Poems (Persea 2008) by Kimberly Johnson, or The Clearing (Texas Tech University Press 2007) by Philip White.
Rules for voting:
1.Â Each voter should select his or her 3 favorite poems of the 25 eligible.
2.Â Each voter can vote only one timeâ€“no multiple-vote-ballot-box-stuffing shenanigans, please.
3.Â Voters are encouraged to read every poem before voting. Â Click here to read all of the eligible poems.Â Please note: Because there are 25 poems total, youâ€™ll need to click on â€œPrevious Entriesâ€ twice in order to read them all. The full text of longer poems wonâ€™t display on the list pages, so right clicking and opening each poem in a new tab or window is a good approach.
4.Â Participating poets and WIZ readers may encourage friends and family members to read and vote.
5.Â All participating poets are encouraged to vote whether their poems were published in the contest category or in the non-contest category.
Instructions for voting:
Click on the small square box next to the name of the poem that you wish to choose.Â A green or black check mark will appear in that box.Â If you accidentally check mark the wrong box or change your mind, simply click on the box again and the check mark will disappear.Â After you have check-marked your 3 favorite poems (you will see 3 check marks on the page), click on the â€œVoteâ€ box at the bottom of the page. Â Clicking on that box will end your voting session, so be sure youâ€™ve finished voting before you click â€œVote.â€Â To see the tally of votes so far, click â€œView Results.â€