ANNOUNCEMENT 1 March 2015, the winner of this competition is Mabasa Zimunya, congratulations! Our judge had a tough time choosing a winner. Look out for our next competition. Thank you to all those who submitted work.
Here is Mabasa’s winning poem
Cupid, the sniper (11 Feb 2015)
Cupid must be the world’s finest sniper.
With an unguided rudimentary missile
He shoots straight at a target in one attempt
Hitting the heart missed decades back.
Valentine’s comes annually for most,
Occasionally for some,
An eternity for others
Until the mercenary sniper shoots
To pamper with pleasure
Allowing February to resurrect.
Cupid must be a sniper.
The poems of finalists were sent to an independent judge and she had the following to say about Mabasa’s work “What I like about Mabasa’s work is that it feels more universal, and less subjective than the other finalists. It feels to me as if it has more substance, more heart, even though it may display fewer “tricks” than the other entries. It also focussed directly on the theme of your competition and the idea of Cupid as a sniper is a gem – putting such a fresh and almost militaristic idea on a clichéd theme is brave and brilliant.”
It’s February and Love is in the air. This month Skimming Stones is looking for poetry about LOVE, and the winner gets a R500 Gift Voucher from PrintWild. Sharing is caring so pass this on to your poetic friends and get writing.
Calling poets to submit original work using the theme LOVE
A maximum of 2 poems may be submitted
Please submit your work by the deadline of 14 February 2015, winners will be announced on 1st March 2015
e-mail submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also post your submission here on Skimming Stones under the comments section below.
The winning poet must be a resident of South Africa
With your entry please provide your contact details.
The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
NOTE : This prize is carried forward from the Christmas / New Year, poetry competition for which there were insufficient entries. This time regardless of number of entries a winner will be chosen
PS – Many moons ago I wrote the lyrics for a Valentines song, this was set to music by a talented artist and he recorded it as a duet with a lady singer. It was played on East Coast Radio on Valentines Day. The project was completed in 2 days from start to finish