#TeamGirlPowa 'Feminist Fire!' Poetry Contest Results + Wild Card

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Hello, everyone, and welcome to the wrap-up of @teamgirlpowa’s poetry contest. We received 24 entries, and were excited to see such a diverse array of poets participating. Thank you to everyone who resteemed and upvoted to boost the contest, and thanks to everyone who submitted a poem. We loved seeing y’all engage thoughtfully and passionately with our theme, ‘Feminist Fire!’

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As a reminder, here are the prizes and judges again.

The Prizes:

1st Place will receive 10 STEEM
2nd Place will receive 5 STEEM
3rd Place will receive 3 STEEM
There will also be a Wild Card/Honorable Mention winner, who will be chosen by the #teamgirlpowa community and receive 2 STEEM.
All prizes donated by @teamgirlpowa.

The Judges:

The judges were @shawnamawna, @limabeing, @rachelhanson10, and @tessaradudley. They judged submissions on the following: Subject Matter/Theme, Rhyme, Rhythm, and Sound, Imagery and Language, Structure and Form, and Artist Statement.

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Without further ado, here are the winners of our first-ever poetry contest:

First Place: Feminist Fire by @trucklife-family

And No you will not silence me,
you will not make me hang my head in shame,
we may even have been turned against one another
but we all feel the pain.

Our many whispers now come together
our many forms begin to take shape,
we are no longer a people in denial
we have found our way to escape.

read the rest here

Second Place: My Anger is a Factory by @lilyraabe

my anger is a factory
when the power is out
the darkness sets in
i am sorrow
i am rage
i am vulnerability

then i am alone
and it is up to me
will i be consumed by the darkness?
sometimes.

read the rest here

Third Place: Cave to the Current: the Feminine Fight by @ambrosial

I'm screaming in my mind
And broken in the heart
When will I be equal
I should've been from the start

My voice is being heard
And silenced all at once
For if I speak too loudly
So begin the witch hunts

read the rest here

In the words of Audre Lorde: “Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.” To everyone who entered, we feel privileged that you shared your truths with us, and we are glad to share community with you. ❤️

Once again, we will have a Wild Card/Honorable Mention winner, chosen by the #teamgirlpowa community, who will receive 2 STEEM. How it works: we post the eligible entries in the comments, and you upvote your favorite one. Easy as pie. Voting will be open until Sunday 30 April at 11pm EDT, so scroll on down to cast your vote and promote your favorite to win! (It’s a great way to close out National Poetry Writing Month, if you’re based in the US. )

Thanks again everybody, and congratulations to our winners!

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This one was my personal favorite in the entire competition. :)

Aww. Thank you. That means a lot.

Congratulations to the winners!Thanks to all participants for the cultural enrichment and experience- it was joy to read your words:)

Thank you so much @shawnamawna, @limabeing, @rachelhanson10, and @tessaradudley., I'm shocked as I imagine this must have been really difficult to judge, all of the other poems were amazing, I feel very honoured to have won. Well done everyone, here's to our empowering creativity xxx lets all keep it up and continue to join our voices together xx

Congrats, mama!

thank you mama, really shocked I won, so many excellent entries xx

It was literally the hardest one to judge yet AND you totaly deserve this.. even now for the wild card i chose three instead of one. 🤷‍♀️

Such a beautiful piece you wrote! <3

These are BEAUTIFUL! So powerful and full of emotion. I am in awe! Fantastic Job!

Thanks again to everyone who entered! It was a wonderful privilege to read all of your powerful words! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

OMG, I took 2 days away from steemit and came back to this!!!! I am so incredibly honored to have been chosen for this particular contest! I never enter these, but this one completely spoke to me. I had so much fun writing for this (the first time I’ve written a poem in years) and reading the other entries -- some truly amazing work was generated!

I apologize for the delay on this, but congratulations to @solarsupermama for winning the Wild Card Vote!

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This could not have been a better experience for me and im sure for others as well. I felt so much validation and yet also was challenged to further explore what "fire" is and how anger is a part of being brave yet its only one part of very complex emotions and demeanor. So many have to explore these things for themselves. I'm so glad we are part of that.

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Also huge shout put to those who pit their pen and heart out there . Even if you werent in the top for the 3 prizes or the wildcard vote. We thank you so much fir participating and trying to delve into the heart and soul of the feirce feminist world.

This was such a powerful and thought-provoking contest. I am honored to have been in the winner's circle as all of the entries were amazing - full of raw emotion and struggle.

It's a shame we even have a reason for something like this, but with the sheer strength that was shown by every woman here, we will overcome the adversity to give our daughter's a better world!

Thank you to the judges and to all of the other contestants - great job!

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