Steve Hodge, editor of Prune Juice Journal, and I, have completed the judging for the contest! The the three prize winners have been sent email notifications! The poems will be published in the July 1 issues of PJ and FH.
This year, we decided to change things up a bit, and will be publishing the ENTIRE short list from the contest. There are four or five dozen poems on the ‘short list’, and we will include them when we release the results. In the next forty eight hours I will get the emails out to everyone, but since we judged this ‘blind’ I have to do a lot of back and forth to get the names attached to the poems correctly.
We just thought there were so many great senryu on the list that it did not seem fair to not acknowledge the work of those poets as well.
We want to thank EVERYONE who submitted, but you did make it tough on us to pick the winners. Some wonderful poets, and Gene would be very happy that all of you are carrying on the form that he loved so much.
Steve Hodge and Mike Rehling