Announcing the Winners of the Sycamore & Ivy Fall 2016 Poetry Contest

In September, we announced our first ever poetry contest. Held in collaboration with The Ivy League fresh flower boutique, the Sycamore & Ivy Fall 2016 Poetry Contest ran from September 15 through November 15, and for the past month our judges have been reading through the wonderful entries, discussing favorites, and deciding on winners. And they’ve reached their decision.

With no further introduction, here are the winners and runners-up for our inaugural poetry contest (with the date each will be published here on Fourth & Sycamore).

Adult Category
Winner: “Autopsy of a Douglas Fir” by Joe Cottonwood (Wednesday, December 21)
Runner-up: “Falling Lesson” by Anna Kelley (Monday, December 19)

Teen Category
Winner: “Be Like the Sun” by Tessa M. Tyo (Tuesday, December 20)
We did not receive enough entries in the Teen category to justify awarding the runner-up prize, though we certainly appreciate the entries we received.

The four judges–Daniel Olivas, Katie Gabbard, David Nilsen, and Matt Birt–were very pleased with both the volume and quality of the submissions received for this first contest. The variety of ways poets chose to incorporate the contest theme of “falling” was impressive and eye-opening.

We look forward to publishing these four winning poems for all to read next week. Be sure to check back (or subscribe!) so you can read the winning poems. In addition, Katie at The Ivy League will be creating and selling flower arrangements inspired by the first place-winning poems, the proceeds from which will be donated to the Friends of the Library for the purchase of poetry books at Greenville Public Library. Information about these flower arrangements will be made available in January.

Please join us in congratulating these talented poets!

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