Thank you to the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick for continuing to hold the annual writing competition, now in its 29th year.
Congratulations to all of the winners and to those who received Honorable Mention in 2014. I appreciate the opportunity to participate in the competition, and am delighted to have won an award this year.
My poem “The Late Season” won in the Individual Poem category. The independent judge had this to say:
Carol Steel’s “The Late Season” has an Impressionist quality to it. Her simple and direct language is judiciously chosen, without literary effect getting in the way. Here is a good example of straightforward language used to maximum effectiveness. The painting of rural scene offers a picture of the edge of a field “bending” toward the remaining years. The delicate juxtaposition of “goldenrod and / yellowed grasses” with “the chickadee flits” is Impressionist pigment in words.
Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick
Winner in Individual Poem Category 2014
Judge Sean Wiebe, Prince Edward Island
I wrote this poem in the late autumn last year, at a time when life seemed fragile. It took three months of fiddling with it, to pare down to the fifty-five words it became. I won’t post the poem here or on Facebook, as that is considered publishing and would preclude submitting it for real publication. I have avoided placing any of my poems on the internet for over a year because of this restriction. Those poems which do exist on my blog are early work or rough drafts.
Writing is often a lonely activity. I hunker down after the initial burst of ideas and words, to re-write, again and again, searching for the best words to say what I’m struggling to express. I belong to a writing group which listens and supports and asks hard questions. I re-write, sometimes putting the work away for months to return to it with fresh eyes. But most of this writing is done alone, which is why it is encouraging to receive positive feedback.
Thank you to the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick for the award.
I am delighted and grateful.
Apology: When I transferred this blog entry from Word to the blog site, the line spacing became confused and I am unable to sort it back.