The decision of the judges in the WeArtFriends jury for the Poetry Tournament is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.
The jury or any of its members are unable to comment on individual entries.
Judging is fair and unbiased.
WeArtFriends asked the Jury 2 questions:
What are you looking for in a poem?
A distinct voice – a unique perspective and style.
A combination of imagery, personal style and heartfelt words.
Fresh imagery, an intriguing story, your heart and soul 🙂
Honesty, simple and concise language, and a story or observation.
I like uncluttered, succinct poetry with striking, unforgettable imagery. The poet, through their skilful use of carefully selected words and images, must tell me a story, or, at a minimum, express an experience/emotion/moment/observation/perception in such a way that it resonates on a deep and emotional level. My preference is free verse, without contrived line breaks.
An engaging story, imagery, style, loud poet’s voice
Who are your favourite writers?
Sylvia Plath, Ali Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Oscar Wilde, Sylvia Plath, Edgar Allan Poe, John Keats, Charles Bukowski, Clive Barker
Shakespeare, Poe, E. Dickinson, S. Plath, Tolkien, St. King, N. Gaiman, Byron, Keats, Checkov, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Kurt Vonnegut, Jo Nesbo, Stig Larsson, can’t mention all of them, especially if I think of my Twitter author friends!
Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, Jim Harrison, Mary Oliver, Ted Kooser, Gary Snyder, Leo Tolstoy, and Ivan Turgenev.
J.M. Coetzee, Arundhati Roy, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Tsitsti Dangarembga, Emily Bronte, Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Charles Bukowski…
Maya Angelou, Don Miguel Ruiz, Rhonda Byrne, James Patterson