Last night, April 15, we held the judging meeting for the 2009 HPW Poetry contest. It took several hours and much beer to finish the judging. When we get down to the end, there is always a long discussion about which poem deserves which place. Since first place does mean a bigger cash prize it makes a difference. I have to say though, that I am never thinking about the money but whether I believe a particular poem really deserves the place that we are discussing. All of the other judges are thinking the same thing because we argue about the merit of the poem. So, yes, I know who won but I'm not talking. If you want to know who won, join us Friday, April 17 at 7 pm at the Rapid City Public library, 610 Quincy, Rapid City. If you want to participate in the reading, contact the library.
We will announce the winners and make the awards at the Poetry reading. After the Poetry reading, the awards and the readings of the winning poems will be available on our youtube channel as well as the Rapid City Public Library's youtube channel. This does not happen overnight. It takes time to edit the video and get it posted. You could always subscribe to one of the two channels and then you will know for sure when the videos are available.
Join us, either in person or online, and start working on your poem for next year's contest.