The Finalists of the Poetry Contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose

Finalists of the Poetry Contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose

My Dear Readers,

Congratulations to the 13 finalists of the poetry contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose!

I am thrilled to present you with their names, the titles of their poems, and the title of the poems from Woman: Splendor and Sorrow : | Love Poems and Poetic Prose that inspired them. The finalists are listed in no particular order.

Ingrid Wilson, Event Horizon, inspired by the poem You in Another Life.

Eric Daniel Clarke, Somewhere Stations, inspired by The Train to Vienna.

Cindy Georgakas, Chance Meeting, inspired by Self-Indulgence.

Virginia Mateias, Crystals from the absurd, inspired by Moonlight love.

D. Wallace Peach, Eclipsed, inspired by The moon and I.

Joni Caggiano, You Were The Best of Us, inspired by The child to be.

Jeff Flesch, and… love… is seen, inspired by And.. love…

Karima Hoisan, The Stars of Wadi Rum, inspired by Sahara.

Carrie Yang, Yellow, inspired by Yellow.

Vipul Vij, Hues of Emotions, inspired by September Tango.

Timothy Price, One Side Sacred The Other Side Profane, inspired by Between Sacred and Profane.

Jaya Avendel, I met you before, inspired by The Orphic Egg.

Eunice Aformanor, Let your heart …, inspired by Daughter of this Earth.

Thank you to everyone who enter the contest. It was no easy task for the reviewers to come up with 13 finalists. Yet, they did. The next stage in the process is for the reviewers to select the winners. I will feature all poems on my blog after the winners are announced and their work is featured.

As a reminder here is how the selection of the winners is done:

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 the following steps were taken:

  • 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. 


First Place: $300

Second Place: $150

Third Place: $75

Funding for the prizes comes from my royalties.

The winners will be announced soon!


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142 thoughts on “The Finalists of the Poetry Contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose

  1. Oh, Gabriela, I am so humbled and honored to be a finalist in this lovely contest, and to be mentioned amongst all of these very talented writers. The most amazing beginning to my day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating this opportunity. Congratulations to all of these fine poets. Much love you you. πŸ’–πŸ™πŸŒΉπŸ’ž

    1. My pleasure Jeff. Thank you for your beautiful poem and for the support you show to me and to our WP community. I am thrilled to have you among the finalists. Sending lots of love and hugs your way.

      1. Thank you so much, Shobana! That is so very kind you. I’m honored to be here, and grateful to all of you for the loving support. Means the world to me.

    1. Oh, you are so kind. They deserve tons of congrats. They wrote beautiful poems.
      Thank you for being here to support everyone.

  2. While I’m not surprised to see all the other poets names in the list, I was surprised to see mine among the great poets who made the cut. I am excited to be a finalist.

    1. Good morning Timothy. You are a great poet too. That is why you made the cut.
      Sending purrs to the kitties and hug to everyone else. Have a great day! “See” you in the evening!

      1. I am excited about this contest. Otherwise I have tones of research, teaching, and service to do. But that’s life.
        sending hugs to everyone.

    1. Hi Cheryl, thank you for being here. I will feature all poems including the authors’ sites.
      Have a great Tuesday hon.

  3. OMG Gabriella,

    I am beyond thrilled and so humbled and grateful to be on this list with so many authors that I adore and admire their beautiful work.

    I feel truly honored and it was a stretch for me but I’m so glad I entered.

    Thank you so much for creating this opportunity for all of us and congratulations to all of the participants and the 13 finalists.

    Love and Blessings to All! πŸ’–

    1. My pleasure Cindy. Your work is wonderful and it deserves recognition. I am humbled by all the beautiful poetry I received.

      Have a beautiful day filled with love and joy.


      1. Thank you so much Gabriella! I am so appreciative of your acknowledgment. I imagine it was such a feast for your heart and hard to have to narrow it down.

        I will and you do the same, thank youπŸ’–

      2. My pleasure hon. It was indeed a feast of the heart to read all poems.
        I was not a decision-maker when it came to the finalists and I cannot be one when it comes to the winners. I love you all guys.

        It was difficult for the reviewers to narrow it down. There were a lot of submissions. But they did it.
        Congratulations again hon.

      3. I bet it was.
        I do remember you saying that and of course you cannot. You are too attached I’m sure… and everyone loves you.
        I imagine it was really quite difficult and I don’t envy their job.
        Thank you very much! πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ’–

      4. Thank you again my dearest Cindy. And remember those are blind reviews. The reviewers had only numbered poems. The master document with the the authors’ names and their corresponding numbers was with me.

        Enjoy the rest of your day hon.

      1. Speaking as someone who never won much of anything, far less a literary prize, you’re in a different league. I don’t even know how I dare to speak to you. πŸ˜ƒ

      2. I am soooo laughing right now Robert. you are very kind and you win those who smile with you and appreciate your humor and kind heart. Again I am grateful for your words πŸ’–πŸŒ·πŸŒ·πŸŒ·

      1. You are a great poet and a great person Navin. This is what you are, my dearest friend.

      1. I see you did not write lately. You got to call of the muse. Pick up a book of poetry. Be with yourself. Look inside your soul. The muse will be back.
        Sending lots of love.

      2. Thank you dearest Gabriela. ❀️❀️❀️ You are too sweet to say this. Thank you for the kind words, I am sure going to do what you said. I hope it will definitely help. Love you dear Gabriela 😍πŸ₯°

      1. I am glad to get connected, and happy to see friends in wp to be real gems , the live wires passing current in the communityβ™₯️β™₯οΈπŸ‘Œ

      2. Thank you for your beautiful words. They are indeed meaningful. I am glad to get connected too. Enjoy the rest of your day. May I ask how should I call you?

    1. Hi Ingrid, I am honored you entered the contest. Your piece is truly beautiful. Thank you for everything. Wait! I would love to feature your work again in MasticadoresUsa. Please send me a piece if you have time. No pressure.

      1. Thank you once again! As I said, it is very easy to be inspired by your work. I will send you something for Masticadores, it would be an honour ❀️

  4. I am starry-eyed to be a finalist alongside the works of poets I admire as much as you. Love seeing some amazing titles and I feel as if I cannot be patient long enough to read the coming poems! <3

    1. Thank you for your submission and congratulations, Jaya. Your beautiful poem adds so much to this talented community.
      I was able to reach your blog and I am thrilled you got published again! Congrats!

  5. What a wonderful and humbling surprise, Gabriela. I’m so honored and delighted to find my poem among the finalists. (I’m all teary and need a tissue. Lol ) I recognize many of the finalists and am so pleased to be included among such talent. Thank you for the wonderful recognition and the opportunity to write. I can’t wait to read the poems. Hugs.

    1. Diana, thank you so much for writing and entering the contest. We are all privileged to have you with us. You are one of the biggest supporters of the WP literary community. No amount of thanks is enough to express my gratitude for everything you do.
      It was my pleasure to read your beautiful poem.

      I’ll be in touch.
      Have a beautiful evening.

      1. Thanks for the lovely comment, Gabriela. I love this community of writers and am honored to be a part of it and to offer whatever support and kindness I can. This was total fun whatever the outcome. Thank you!

      2. My pleasure Diana. I am still the one that I should thank you first. You do much more than I do for our community.
        Such a pleasure tp have you with us here.
        Have a great day!

  6. Gabriela, it’s indeed a surprise for me to be among the list of nominees. Wow! I am feeling spellbound. I am honoured to be part of this list of so many talented poets. My heartfelt thanks to all the persons who were involved in the selection process and above all many many thanks to you, your poetry always inspires me to write! Finally my congratulations to all the co-participant.

    1. Vipul, it was such a pleasure and honor to see you (your wonderful poem) among the finalists. Thank you for entering the contest and thank you for your support my dear friend.

  7. I feel very grateful to follow your work. This is such incredible work – this competition, I am very thrilled for all the winners and humbled and inspired by all you do.

    1. Hi sweetheart
      “This is such incredible work – this competition, I am very thrilled for all the winners and humbled and inspired by all you do.” Your kind words humble me beyond. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a beautiful comment and support. You brighten my morning hon

    1. Hi Mich.. thank you for your support. Your enthusiasm is contagious hon. You are wonderful.

    1. Hi hon, congratulations on being a finalist. It’s good to have you here. Sending hugs to you.

      1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart my dear. You made my morning 🌺🌹

  8. I am very excited. I did not only join the train, but also made it to an extraordinary class. Thank you madam Organizer. Gabriela, l fell in love with your poem; Daughter of this Earth. The splendor and Sorrow, pain and promises, really brought me a great honour.

    I thought l had already made my comment. It didn’t publish, l think.

    1. Hello Eunice. My pleasure. Your poem was beautiful and you are a finalist. Congratulations!

      “l fell in love with your poem; Daughter of this Earth. ” I like that poem too, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for your beautiful words!

  9. Oh how exciting!! I had no idea I was among the finalists!! (a little Joni-bird told me) Congratulations to everyone who made it to the finals…This is so amazing…:)

    1. Hello, my dearest Karima, yes, you are a finalist! Thank you so much for entering the contest. It’s an honor for me. You are wonderful and your poetry is beautiful. I am sending you much love and lots of hugs, hon. I hope you have a peaceful and beautiful Sunday.
      I will be in touch.

      1. Thank you Gabriela for stimulating us with your own incredible poetry..It was so hard for me to choose, I love them all…ahh but now I know you know about the magic of the desert…so of course….I wrote about that. Joy found its way home to my heart.with this news today…Thank you dear Gabriela for your gigantic giving heart…πŸ™β€οΈπŸŒΉ

      2. Thank you dearest Gabriela…your work is such an inspiration…I had many favorites so hard to choose.. Thank you for stimulating us…to do our best writing…and thank you for your gigantic, generous heart….You are a rarity in today’s world..β€οΈπŸŒΉπŸ™

      3. Thank you for your beautiful words Karima. You are such a gem. I love you and I am worried about you hon. Sending you tons of hugs πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈπŸŒΉπŸŒΉπŸŒΉ

      4. I am glad to hear that hon 🌸❀️🌺❀️

  10. Hearty hearty congratsss to all the finalists! I follow a bunch of them and I felt genuinely happy to see some familiar names here. Kudos to you for conducting this contest so successfully! πŸŽ‰

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