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Inaugural Trailblazer Contest - RESULTS
« on: October 12, 2021, 11:41:50 AM »
Our finalists have been selected!

We were honored to read such a widely-varied batch of high-quality submissions for our inaugural contest. With 9 voting panelists, it was a difficult task to come to agreement on many poems and it was not easy to predict which poems would eventually make their way to the end of shortlist. We created a rubric to score the poems and all poems over a decided score are included in the list of finalists.

Overall, there were 406 entries (266 haiku and 140 tanka) from 39 countries and the moon!

Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany. Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam, and the moon!

Please enjoy the selected poems and the commentary written by some of our voting panelists (GRIX, Julie Bloss Kelsey, Kat Lehmann, m. shane pruett, Shloka Shankar, Christine L. Villa, Margaret Walker) as well as Alan Summers (who abstained from voting).

​Stay tuned over the coming months as we will be featuring short interviews with our finalists in regard to their selected poems.

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