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Before I announce the winners, I would like so send a sincere thank you to everyone who participated, either by judging, competing, or donating. Being the first contest I’ve ever hosted on Deviantart, I did not expect the giant response it got and I owe all of my adulation to you. I want to sincerely apologize for taking so long to judge. Next time, the process will be much more streamlined and be much quicker.

For those of you who did not place, please do not be discouraged. As you can see, there were some incredible poems submitted and choosing the winners for this contest took a tremendous amount of time and energy. Just because you did not place this time doesn’t mean you won’t next time. Several poems that didn’t place would win other literature contests I’ve seen. Remember that.

So, without further ado, here are your winners:

Third Place
500 points
Feature by WorldWar-Tori, RoseScarlet
Critique by MattVoscinar, TheGlassIris,
Consideration for publication in the first issue of Scraps off the Welcome Mat

Routine Maintenance by Lychalis

routine maintenanceEvery year, they marched me
to a hall full
of clocks that pulsed
synonymous with my clicking limbs.
The watchmaker had tools
for fingers - a screwdriver fifth;
he pointed with pliers, and we grew
large behind his splayed palms.
The room was filled with
clocks, freshly polished.
Their metal frames gleamed, groaned
as they curved into place
on the tables, in spirals.
'You may begin.'
My eyes glowed blue, too bright
for quartz; head gears
whirred too fast, my hamster heart.
Dust shook from my hands;
exhaled motes, dancing
in steam, were cooled and dripped down
the window. I sat,
he cut open my head;
pulled out gears, interrogated
as he went. He wanted to learn
what I knew, not how I felt -
he snapped a gear when I was
wrong, left me to close
the gap.

Second Place
1000 points
Feature by WorldWar-Tori, RoseScarlet
Critique by MattVoscinar, TheGlassIris,
Publication of poem in the first issue of Scraps off the Welcome Mat

Knees and Toes by MisfitableGrae

knees and toeshere is a short list of things i know:
Cody says he hates David, but he really doesn’t,
i will never wear a coat until the first of November,
i hate myself in the spring,
the sun is 92, 960, 000 miles from earth and i’m pretty sure
that number is rounded to look pretty
or god must be ocd.
it’s a miracle, i’m learning to look you in the eye.
make a wish, make a wish, any wish
i’m plucking out my eyelashes, i’m learning
to give up beauty for a shot at happiness.
i say too much too quickly without getting out
all of the consonants and my speech is craggy
and rocky like an abandoned trail in the Appalachians,
overgrown and the road not taken.
my fingernails are ragged and bitten to the shortest
stub i could stand. i don’t want to hurt you,
i don’t want to hurt myself, my fingernails cannot
hurt you but i can still hurt myself. one day i’ll
be brave enough to leave scratch marks on your skin
in angry red lines, one day i’ll be some

First place
2400 points
Feature by WorldWar-Tori, Rose Scarlet
Critique by MattVoscinar, TheGlassIris, WorldWar-Tori
Publication of poem in the first issue of Scraps off the Welcome Mat

a writer’s death, misery by ssensory

A Surprise!
Although some of you may have done so, I did not receive any notifications pointing me towards critiques done for the special category of the contest. So, rather than simply scratch the category, I decided to add a fourth place to the contest in order to award a wonderful poem that was going to be honorably mentioned.

Fourth Place
500 Points
Feature by RoseScarlet
Critique by MattVoscinar, TheGlassIris

Eliot and the Titan by Canis44

A Note about Prizes
Prizes will be available to winners upon availability. Because of several health issues I’ve faced in the last month, I do not currently have the funds to distribute them today. However, when I get paid, I promise that you will all get your points.

Please note that if you still would be kind enough to donate to the winners it would be much appreciated and highly deserved!

I want to send a huge thank you to our judges who’ve donated their time and effort for us. ur judges were not only kind and generous, but incredibly talented as well. Please take a moment of your time to follow them and immerse yourself in their art!




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insomniaplague Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Woah, what a lovely collection of poems! I think I may huddle down & enter the next contest (if there is one). 
MattVoscinar Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Writer
:D we look forward to it!
cality Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations to all the winners! :D :clap:
Lychalis Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Writer
shoot, I'm amazed I even placed. Well, thank you for considering me, and congrats to all the winners!
MattVoscinar Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Writer
Don't thank me. Thank your writing abilities!
Lychalis Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student Writer
MisfitableGrae Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014   Writer
This is so awesome! Thank you so friggin much, I cannot believe this. I'm so excited right now. Thank you for making my day be, like, really really really awesome!

Being published in Scraps off The Welcome Mat is beyond an honor and I extend my sincerest thanks to everyone involved and especially to the fellow winners, ssolaris, canis44, and Lychalis.

((sorry, don't know how to link names))

introverted-ghost Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014   Writer
To link you just need to do this without the space :dev MisfitableGrae: and it will look like this MisfitableGrae. :)
Canis44 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
I'm very happy  to have placed, this is the first 'official' contest in poetry on DA that I have entered.
I thank Mat for hosting this contest, also I thank the judges immensely for choosing my poem.
Moreover I send congratulations out to ssolaris, MisfitableGrae, and Lychalis. :)
MattVoscinar Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Writer
Your quite welcome! Your poem was absolutely fantastic. The allusions to Eliot made me smile.
ssensory Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014   Writer
Oh, my gosh!! Wow. I'm so honored and excited at the same time. Thank YOU so much!! My week is totally 10x better than it already was....I did not expect this! What a wonderful thing to come home to. :heart: 

(By the way, I go by the penname of C.S. Vincent -- I'm so stoked to be published in the first issue of Scraps off the Welcome Mat -- thank you so, so much. :glomp:

Major congrats to Canis44, MisfitableGrae, and Lychalis for placing as well! I hope you all have amazing days. :heart::heart::heart:
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