Woman: Splendor and Sorrow Poetry Contest #anoncement #poem #poetry

My Dear Readers,

The poetry contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow is now open. This contest honors the literary community that has supported me in my writing journey, and celebrates my becoming a #1 Amazon best-selling author.

To participate, you should write one poem inspired by a piece from my #1 Amazon best-selling poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow and list the name of the piece that inspired your submission.

The deadline for submission is September 20, 2021. Please submit your work before September 20 at shortprose12@gmail.com.

Guidelines for submission:

Submit your work before September 20 at shortprose12@gmail.com

Label your submission Poetry Contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow.

Do not submit more than one poem.

Do not forget to include: the poem from Woman: Splendor and Sorrow that inspired you, your name or pen name, and the email address where you can be contacted.

Please submit your poem in the body of the email. No attachments or links will be open.

Prizes:

First Place: $300

Second Place: $150

Third Place: $75

Funding for the prizes comes from my royalties.

If you do not have a PayPal account, please open one.

All winners will be featured on my blog. So will those who finish in the following places: 4, 5 and 6.

It is my hope that the winners will use part of their prizes to buy two or three books of their favorite fellow poets or novelists in order to help our literary community strive. If you do so, please let us know what you bought.

How the selection will be made?

The selection method is similar to that of a double-blind peer review: the reviewer doesn’t know the identity of the author, and vice-versa.

To achieve that I will do the following:

  • Create a master document with all submissions. Remove the name of the authors and replace them with numbers.
  • Create a second document with the name of the authors and their assigned numbers.
  • I will not participate in the process of determining the winners. Winners will be determined by two of your peers.
  • However, I will disclose a piece of information and deviate a bit from the fully double-blind process:  the editor of Vita Brevis Poetry Magazine, Brian Geiger, will be one of the reviewers. 

The winners will be announced in mid-October. I will update you periodically.

Good luck to everyone who wishes to participate and thank you again for your support.

To the future winners: please remember to spread love in our community and buy some books written by your WP favorite authors.

A Snippet from Woman: Splendor and Sorrow

In the evening, the sky stretches itself from blue to dark violet. The silk of the gloves hugs my fingers. I feed my iguana with cookies soaked in champagne. She hisses at me. I open a package of silk stockings. The door opens by itself, and you step in. Then it closes. I stare at you. You are in by your own volition.  One kiss, and you borrow my tears. One touch, and I borrow your pain. A passage rite. I keep a coffin adorned with lilies in my bedroom. I sleep besides death like Sarah Bernhardt.

Did you hear that noise? A rosary fell from the Spanish chest.

The wind slips between the petals of a rose and opens it.

Who am I? If I knew, I would tell you.

Did you say you love me? The twenty-four hours are up. Nobody is facing in the direction of the sea anymore.

There is no me.

@Gabriela Marie Milton

106 thoughts on “Woman: Splendor and Sorrow Poetry Contest #anoncement #poem #poetry

  1. This is such a beautiful poem I will never get tired of reading it.

    “You are in by your own volition. One kiss, and you borrow my tears. One touch, and I borrow your pain. A passage rite. I keep a coffin adorned with lilies in my bedroom.”

    So beautiful. Love ❤️ Joni

      1. You are welcome Button. Thanks for your love and sending more back with baskets of fresh strawberries, croissants and warm hugs. Xoxoxo

      2. I got them honeybun. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Sending lots of love.
        xoxo

      1. You too. It’s cooling down here, so the kitties are wild in the morning.

      2. I am glad to hear the weather is nice and they are happy. Maya and Mr. Churchill are sending hugs and treats.

  2. Oh such a beautiful poem dearest Gabriela….Once again so many lines, turns of phrases, that only you could write. If I were a double blind judge, and one of your poems, Any of your poems were placed in front of me….I would know Immediately….who wrote it. This is an oil painting for me: “The silk of the gloves hugs my fingers. I feed my iguana with cookies soaked in champagne. ” Congratulations again on your Best Selling Book..It sleeps by my bedside..I reach for it …all the time❤️ PS As soon as I got your book…I was inspired by a poem…and wrote my own:)

    1. Karima, my fabulous friend, thank you so much for your wonderful words. You always touch my heart. You are so good to me.

      “As soon as I got your book…I was inspired by a poem…and wrote my own:) This really makes my day beautiful. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.
      Have a splendid day. Sending huge hugs and love.

  3. Thank you for making this beautiful contest. You inspire so many… and I love that you suggest we buy some books of our fellow poets with our winnings (from your royalties!!) ..This is so you!!!🤗❤️

    1. My pleasure Karima, and thank you so much again. I am glad you enjoyed that suggestion.
      Sending more love your way.
      xoxo

    1. Beautiful verses David. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Happy Anniversary again 🙂

      1. Maya is doing well. Did I tell you I have two cats now? Mr. Churchill is a relatively new addition to the family 🙂

      2. Yes, they do. Very much so with the exception of the moments when they fight for my attention 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for your support Cindy. Please play hon. I will be honored to have one of your poems in the contest. BTW your piece is up and running at MasticadoresUSA.
      xoxoxo

      1. You are most welcome!!!! oh that’s such a nice invite. How can I refuse.. ❣️ ❣️❣️
        I know and I think I even linked it all right thanks to you and our friend Jeff❣️🐉

      2. You cannot! Looking forward to your submission. I sent you the correct link for MasticadoresUSA.

      3. Thank you hon. I am deeply humbled by your decision.
        You solved the tech part. Do not worry. It happens.
        Enjoy the rest of your day.
        xoxoxo

      4. I’m gonna do my best for sure….. even tho i’m intimidated as heck with our queen of poetry and others in our community. I’ll just try to channel you again. 🤣🤣🤣
        YAY… ALWAYS LEARNING AND getting it wrong before I get it right which is the main thing. You do the same G 💖💖💖❤️❤️

      5. “YAY… ALWAYS LEARNING AND getting it wrong before I get it right which is the main thing. ” We all do that Cindy. I can’t wait to read you.
        Have a splendid day my dear.
        xoxoxo

      6. 🤣🤣🤣 Yes, we do! My son gives me a bad time. I have been 32 before but he’s never been my age and I’m sticking with that. Aww thanks Gabriella and you do the same…
        xoxoxxoxox 💖💖❤️🌷🤗

    1. Eric, your words.. simple… and beautiful as they are touch my soul. I am beyond honored to have you writing a poem inspired by one of mine.
      Oh, you know the road to my heart.
      Thank you so much.

  4. What a beautiful poem, dear Gabriela….I was absolutely lost in it…literally….So I ended up reading your post once again….from the very begining….what a cool thing to announce….this contest….I love that you’re spreading love & supporting the community….hoping people will buy a book of their favorite writers….not only you are an extraordinary writer….but you also are a beautiful soul….there’s a reason I’ve this huge respect for you & your breathtaking writings….I bought your first book & this post has made me to order this new book of yours….I’ll be doing so right after I send these words of mine to you….much love & light ❤️✨🤗💫🥰

    1. Navin, I am humbled by every word you wrote. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope you know how much I admire your work and how much I respect you. Your message of support means the world to me.
      Sending love and hugs to one of my favorite poets: You.
      xoxoxo

      1. It’s truly my pleasure & honour knowing you…if it’s only just a bit of you….I do know that you admire my work….it’s a blessing….you’re a blessing….My gratitude to you….much love & hugs, my dear Gabriela ✨❤️🤗💫

      2. Oh, you are so kind. It’s a pleasure knowing you too🥰❤️🌹🥰❤️🌹

  5. A beautiful heart-rendering poem; so much is conveyed to the reader. I could read it again, and again; oh, wait, I can. I own your book!🤗 And, this here is pure genius “One kiss, and you borrow my tears. One touch, and I borrow your pain. A passage rite.” ❤ ❤ How lovely. I have a piece in mind for the contest and have already started playing with concepts and the flow. Much fun. Sending love and hugs, dearest Gabriela. xoxoxo

    1. Jeff, thank you so much for your kind words and for your support.

      “I have a piece in mind for the contest and have already started playing with concepts and the flow. ” I am absolutely thrilled to hear that. Thank you again my dearest friend. You are so good to me. Sending you love.
      xoxo

    1. Ingrid, thank you so much for your kind comment. I truly hope you can do it. I will be honored. Sending love to everyone,
      xoxo

  6. Love and despair are strange bedfellows, however you have expressed the beauty in such a coupling. 💙 in my own simplicity I will try too capture you intricate words and meanings. This is a wonderful thing to do dear. 😊💙🌻

    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your kindness and your support mean a lot. Simplicity goes hand in hand with beauty. I can’t wait to read.
      xoxo

  7. This is great. It’s unfortunate, l don’t even have a copy of the book. I haven’t personally bought a book online before. But, l wish to write participate, at least for the first hand experience.

      1. There is a friend who can buy with his visa card then l pay in the local currency but l lost his contact. But will surely get, even when the competition is over.

      2. Oh, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I wish you could get it before so I can enter your poem in the contest. That will be marvelous.

  8. Congratulations Gabriela! So happy and proud of you❤🤗

    Oh, all the snippets your provided are wonderful. I remember reading these before, so so gorgeous. I can never get tired of reading your words. Your writing is enchanting🦋❤
    Take care hon. Sending love and hugs❤❤xoxo

    1. Ishita, my dear, thank you so much for your kind support and for your beautiful words. They bring so much love in my heart. I am glad you like the snippet I provided.
      I am sending you love. May you be happy and successful my gorgeous friend 🥰❤️🌹🥰❤️🌹

    1. I am afraid no of the reviewers know Hindi. I am sorry. Th poem must be in English and must be inspired by a piece from the book Woman: Splendor and Sorrow 🌸

      1. I am really humbled by your words hon. Thank you so much 🙏🌺❤️🌸🌹

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