"ACCEPTANCES" WEBPAGE UPDATE:
1. 2021 "COVID-19 BEST NEWCOMER CONTEST" DECISIONS POSTED BELOW.
2. BY MARCH 20, 2021, EVENING - DECISIONS ON SUBSCRIBER-SUBMITTED POEMS WILL BE POSTED, BELOW THE CONTEST ACCEPTANCES SECTION.
SENSATIONS MAGAZINE 2021 BEST NEWCOMER CONTEST WINNERS
POETS NEW TO OUR PAGES VIA OUR 2021 BEST NEWCOMER CONTEST FOR SENSATIONS MAGAZINE SUPPLEMENT 11, "DECADE OF DICHOTOMY": 11
TOTAL NUMBER OF CONTEST ENTRY POEMS ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION: 15
Here are the winners of our 2021 Best Newcomer Contest on the "COVID-19" theme!
In total, 16 poems by 11 poets new to our pages have been accepted for publication. They are:
"BEST BATCH" AWARD - (1) - Barbara D. Hall, Atlantic Beach, NC
Publication of all 3 poetry submissions, $19 cash prize, plus one copy of Supplement 11
"Mother Nature's Retort"
"The Birth of Virtual Reality"
"BEST DUO" AWARD - (1) - Nancy Lubarsky, Cranford, NJ
Publication of 2 poetry submissions, $10 cash prize, plus one copy of Supplement 11
"Corona Virus, One Month Later"
"To the People Who Get This Food Today"
"BEST SOLO" AWARD - (1) - Kathy Kremins, Maplewood, NJ
Publication of poem, $9 cash prize, plus one copy of Supplement 11
"What We Cannot See"
ADDITIONAL COVID-19 BEST NEWCOMER CONTEST POETRY ACCEPTANCES (9) -
Acceptances are presented below, in alphabetical order by author's last name:
Carolyn Holmes Gregory, Boston, MA
Michael Hohlfeld, New York, NY
"New Years Light"
Eileen F. Hugo, Stoneham, MA
"A hospital stay"
Charles H. Johnson, Hillsborough, NJ
Marie A. Mennuto-Rovello, Whiting, NJ
"Before It Had a Name" (January and February 2020)
Paul Sohar, Warren, NJ
"Wash Your Hands!"
Katherine E. Soto, Rialto, CA
Laine Sutton Johnson, Hillsborough, NJ
"Rituals, a lifeline"
Additional poems submitted, whose titles are NOT listed above, were not accepted for publication.
POETRY EDITOR'S COMMENTARY ON SENSATIONS MAGAZINE 2020 BEST NEWCOMER CONTEST, "COVID-19" THEMED ENTRIES
Overall, I was pleased with the quality of work submitted. Where I did not accept a submitted poem, reasons for rejection could have included, but are not limited to, these: (1) The poem exceeded the 45-characters-per-line limit, which was clearly stated on this site and in paper flyers, and thus was disqualified; (2) though good to excellent, the poem did not hone closely enough to the "COVID-19" theme to meet my satisfaction; (3) the approach, or the craft, or both were not up to the same par as other submissions; (4) the angle you approached was not as relevant to COVID-19 as your other submissions; and/or (5) another poet overlapped on a similar thematic tack, yet in a manner more to my liking than your submission.
My thanks to all of our contest entrants. I am pleased to welcome 11 poets to our pages, who have never previously been published in Sensations Magazine.
Please join me in congratulating all of our winners!
MARCH 1, 2021
POETS RETURNING TO OUR PAGES IN SENSATIONS MAGAZINE SUPPLEMENT 11, "DECADE OF DICHOTOMY: FEB 2011 TO JAN 2021," 2021: XX
TOTAL NUMBER OF POEMS BY RETURNING POETS: XX
Below are the titles of poems accepted that were submitted by our active 2020-2021 subscribers. If a title from your submission batch is NOT listed below, it was not accepted for publication.
Titles accepted are listed per poet, in alphabetical order by title. Subscribers were invited to submit up to 6 poems on theme. My decisions on these acceptances are final.
Sensations Magazine 2020-2021 subscribers will see the final sequencing of poems in Supplement 11, which is targeted for completion and shipping in April 2021.
- INFORMATION BELOW IS DETAILED PLACEHOLDERS FROM SUPPLEMENT 10, "GLOBAL WARMING," AND WILL BE UPDATED WITH SUPPLEMENT 11, "DECADE OF DICHOTOMY" DECISIONS BY SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2021. -
Joel Allegretti, Fort Lee, NJ
"Ghost Fox and Spirit Seal"
" 'The Midnight Sun' "
Dennis Wayne Bressack, Woodstock, NY
"Forests Are Not For Machines"
"Where Are the Bees?"
Laurie Byro, Hewitt, NJ
"Arctic Fox" (Sonnet)
Patricia Carragon, Brooklyn, NY
"chaos goes viral" (Sequenced Haiku)
Blair Ewing, Lutherville, MD
"Miss Ethyl Dibromide Sends Her Regrets"
"The End of the World as You Know It"
Davidson Garrett, New York, NY
"Give Bees a Banquet to Save Them"
"Green House Gas Acrostic" (Acrostic)
"In the Not Too Distant Future" (Pantoum)
"Stop Murdering Rhinoceroses" (Sonnet)
Karen Haefelin, Manchester, NJ
D. Scott Humphries, Sandyston, NJ
"Living in New Jersey"
"Lynx Rufus Crosses the Lawn" (Sonnet)
"The Right Choice"
"The Solution was..."
Steve Koenig, Brooklyn, NY
"Las Mariposas de Monarcha (Monarch Butterflies)" (Sonnet)
Paul Kiritsis, Redwood City, CA
"An Ancient Tuatara Speaks" (Sonnet)
"The Denial of Climate Change"
Denise La Neve, Wayne, NJ
"Deseeding the Garden"
"What our World Might One Day Become"
"Without Care" (Pantoum)
Susanna Lee, Lafayette, NJ
"Too Late To Tread Lightly"
Annmarie Lockhart, Englewood, NJ
"Song of the Last North American Jaguar" (Sonnet)
"Too Late, God Reconsiders"
Vince Marano, Bronx, NY
"Vaquita in morning" (Sonnet)
David Messineo, Lafayette, NJ
"Where The Wild Things Aren't" (Sonnet)
"Greta in the Dum Dum Palace"
Paul Nash, Wayne, NJ
"French Sonnet for an Endangered Passerine" (Sonnet)
Morton D. Rich, Blairstown, NJ
"L'Chaim - To the Future!"
"Unless it rains"
Susanna Rich, Blairstown, NJ
"Coral Speaks" (Sonnet)
"On the Eighth Day, God Looks Down on the United States of Getmoreof,
Checks Global Temperatures, and Offers Gaia a Solution"
"Once, Our Lake"
" 'She's So Hot!' "
"The Oceans are Salty, Continue to Rise"
Lynn Veach Sadler, Burlington, NC
"First Acid But Now Also Plastic Rain"
"The Black Summer for Koalas, 2019-2020" (Sonnet)
"The Latest Aptitude of Alliteration: Paint, Pluvia, and Poetry"
"We Lose Earth, Start Over"
Joanne Santiglia, Clifton, NJ
"The Ivory Gull and the Polar Bear" (Sonnet)
John J. Trause, Wood-Ridge, NJ
"Endangered Generation" (Sonnet)
"Nary a Narwhale" (Sonnet)
Dianalee Velie, Newbury, NH
"Polar Express" (Sonnet)
David F. Vincenti, West Caldwell, NJ
"Salamander Lament" (Sonnet)
"Making a Contribution"
"Prayer for a Future Generation"
Jacqueline de Weever, Brooklyn, NY
"Sea Turtles" (Sonnet)
Jason E. Ybarra, Harrisonburg, VA
"Shenandoah Salamander" (Sonnet)
POETRY EDITOR'S COMMENTARY ON SENSATIONS MAGAZINE 2020 "GLOBAL WARMING" THEMED SUBMISSIONS FROM OUR 2020-2021 SUBSCRIBERS
"Sitting outside Tuesday afternoon, July 21, 2000 - 92 degrees in the shade of the black walnut tree in the backyard - offered the IDEAL backdrop for getting in the mood and zone of reading, judging, and selecting global warming-themed poems for publication! I was surprised to get multiple poems on the jaguar and the salamander for our 'Sonnets on the Road to Extinction' subsection, and enjoying the diversity of approaches on poetically tacking and addressing this serious topic.
There will be unusual research compilations I will be doing over the coming weeks, to further highlight the dire nature of global warming's rapid acceleration. To do this right, I will be giving myself more time for preparation and magazine production. There is no firm need to have Supplement 10 completed, printed, and shipped by Monday August 3, though that remains my target date, as I have a second major project I am to start on that date. If production needs to be extended beyond August 2, so be it. There will not be a public reading from Supplement 10 until we have a widely available COVID vaccine, so I will give myself the extra time if necessary.
Because of the stress we've all experienced due to COVID concerns, I understand some poets are not thinking as clearly as usual. Though we specified a line limit of 14 lines and up, I received several that were fewer than 14 lines. I will forgive multiple typos coming in on poems from poets who usually are very meticulous on this - but gently remind you to please proofread and double-check your submissions next time around.
You doing your job professionally makes my portion of this so much easier. Thank you to all the poets above for often writing to spec and staying on theme. I look forward to presenting you with a creative and jaw-dropping take on "Global Warming" before the end of 2020."
JULY 21, 2020
NEXT UP: Sensations Magazine Supplement 11, "Decade of Dichotomy, 2011-2020," coming Spring 2021.