The stars say, “I was.” /
Their light a flowing echo /
of distant moments.
Submitted contest entries must be unpublished and should not have previously appeared in print or online in any form, including personal blogs and websites.
Simultaneous entries are accepted as long as you let us know if your submissions will be published elsewhere before the contest ends.
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Deadline is 11:59 p.m., August 31, 2014.
Winners will be notified by September 30, 2014. Winning entries and finalists will be announced publicly in Issue #16 Fall 2014, Still: The Journal.
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Winners of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction receive $150 each and publication in Still: The Journal #16: Fall 2014. All other contest entries will be considered for possible publication. Previous first prize contest winners are ineligible to enter 2014 contests in the same genre but may submit to other genres.
Bosom babe met the elephant
down by the merry-go-round.
Bosom babe asked the elephant
if he’d like to see the town?
Replied the red elephant
lifting his trunk high into the air,
“I’ve seen all I want to see
and much more than you care.”
She wondered what he meant
until she looked up high.
Then she spied her unmentionables:
dainty white against blue sky.
Let this be a lesson to you:
ladies don’t hang around
a shiny red elephant
from the tchotchke side of town.
– Photo by Brian Griffin; poem by David E. Booker
[Editor's note: Yes, this poem is Fourth of July suitable (pardon the pun). It mentions the colors red, white, and blue.]