Entries for the Second Annual Numéro Cinq Villanelle Contest are officially closed. It was a banner year for entries, plenty of panache, wit and arrogance on display, some pathos, some tragedy, some humor. There are cute villanelles, cuddly villanelles, obstinate villanelles, sly villanelles, and improper villanelles, something for all tastes. As usual with NC competitions, the adjudication now splits into two streams. While the rowdy & belligerent (official) judges are being rounded up from various bars, you, the people, yes, YOU! get to choose the People’s Choice winner.
This is always a joyful and entertaining aspect of the contest judging. You get to read the entries, comment and vote or vote with commentary or just comment on the generally high quality, the wit, the arrogance, and the intelligence of the entries. Voting is open to anyone, REALLY!
The official entry list is here. PLEASE VOTE IN A COMMENT TO THIS POST (NOT ON THE ENTRY LIST).
As is often the case, it will be helpful if, before actually making a choice, you look up what a villanelle is (see the official entry post for hints and check out last year’s winner for inspiration). Even as I type this, the official judges (belligerent & rowdy) are being given a crash course on villanelle-writing (truth be told, this is not going well).
Read the entries, kick yourselves for not having entered this esteemed and wildly popular competition (if you didn’t), and place your votes in the comment box beneath this post.
You have 10 days (May 27 to midnight June 5) to place your votes!
Don’t forget to actually read the entries before voting!
And please quote the entry and the name of the author you vote for.
As of midnight June 5, the vote tabulation is as follows (these include votes cast incorrectly on the entry site–how many times do I have to tell you where to vote–sigh!):
Laura-Rose Russell “Once I Was Lonely (A “Why Not?” Villanelle)” 4
Kim Aubrey “Canadian Shield…” 6
Lynne Quarmby “Antonj van Leeuwenhoek” 6
Meg Harris “Rapture” 3
Jodi Paloni “A Once Determined Chair” 3
Lee Busby “Fishbar Villanelle” 4
Anna Maria Johnson “Mystery of Domesticity” 3
Maggie Kast “That’s Art” 2
Any Amaran “Kali’s Villanelle” 1