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Our Jungian shadow must be expressed so that we may integrate our disparate selves. vicious-verse shall be a safe haven for the dark poetry that festers within us. We must be completely human if we are to know ourselves.
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Mea Culpa contest results!

Journal Entry: Fri May 17, 2013, 6:23 AM
The results are in for the Mea Culpa Contest!  There were many terrific entries (which you can find here), and I’m grateful for everyone who submitted a piece.   Judges have reviewed all of the submissions and applied the following criteria to arrive at a point total for each piece:

Creative Use of Prompt

Imagery/Poetic Symbolism

Grammar/Language Use

Overall Impact


And the winners are:


1st Place

MariaTala will receive 1560 points!





2nd Place
Grape HyacinthsYears ago, in late winter,
you tried to make your sad mommy happy
by clipping off the purple heads
of the grape hyacinths
that grew near the bottom of the stairs
to our front door—
the only spots of color
in the bleak landscape
that comprised both my heart
and the frigid world.
I still see you, as if frozen:
your turned-up, hopeful face;
the green and white sweater that you wore.
You wanted to put summer in a box for me.
Hollow and angry, I turned away.
I sobbed in my bedroom,
my back hard against the wooden door.
I cried for your dashed dreams,
the fact that I could not be the mother you needed,
and for the cut-short life of the pretty blossoms.
So watch me.
When my time comes, I'll die
just as crocuses force their way through the frozen earth.
I always was contrary.
Forgive me, then, for what I was not;
take a trowel in hand and plant grape hyacinths for me.
And when they bloom, don't hesitate:
clip their tops off.
Put summer in a box.
Somehow, I have to return it to you.

beeinthebottle will receive 250 points.




3rd Place
LuckyMicah brought The Dog home a month ago, leading it by a jumprope he'd tied around its ragged collar. He knelt beside it, begging to keep it, promising he'd take care of it, holding onto Nehemiah's pant leg when he stepped closer to inspect the mongrel for fleas. "Miah, look, he needs me."
It was an ugly terrier with bulging eyes and missing teeth, a bloated belly and thick scars around its eyes. Nehemiah suspected it was blind, and he knew it had worms. The Dog puked on the carpet, and they were writhing in its bile. Nehemiah gathered paper towels and bleach from the kitchen while Micah pet The Dog. "We can't keep it," he told Micah, counting the dying parasites, wondering if vomit was supposed to be yellow. "Dad isn't going to let you keep it."
He was wrong. Dad came home and fell in love, stumbling to greet The Dog, kissing its face and rubbing its ears. He was drunk and said it looked like Macy, a fluffy mutt Nehemiah kept before Mom left and took her with.
The Dog looked not

Lucky by :iconglossolalias:
glossolalias will receive 100 points.




The three winners were also promised various features.  I want to thank everyone who participated in my very first contest and to the judges. :w00t!: 

Cheers!

Shane


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:iconemerald-alexandria:
Hello!
I am an Admin at your affiliate group :iconthe-black-hole:
We are going through a revamping period, and are hosting a contest that allows people to tell their stories and open up to our community. It is designed to help people, and I would LOVE if you guys can spare a feature for our contest.
fav.me/d6kd0gf ----> Link to the journal explaining the rules and how-tos
Thank you!
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Dontaex May 15, 2013  Student
thanks for the accept
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tonepainter Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for requesting "Cliffhangers"!
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alapip Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
thank you for featuring 'collateral damage', Shane.

:)pip
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pullingcandy Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the request for my piece to your gallery. I appreciate it. :)
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thetaoofchaos Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome, Kay. :hug:
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Schofield-Alan Jul 8, 2012  Professional Writer
grawlixpoetry.blogspot.com is alive and well! We've been stickering your poetry up around the metro for like four months and it seems the community is eating it up. July's running light on submissions so throw us what you have for our all-in-air-conditioning July issue! Cheers!
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HappyAsASam Jul 8, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you for the request :)
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SurrealGrotesque77 May 17, 2012  Student Artist
Hi. I run a magazine called Surreal Grotesque, we bring together bizarre art and surreal fiction. While our audience is primarily interested in "horror writing", we like strangeness and surrealism in all forms. we love to help promote artists since we are a free publication, we have a diverse readership of over a thousand people so far. Since we cannot pay, all art remains the property of the artists and we own no part of it, we are merely representing your material to an audience and provide links so that if people are interested they may commission you for your art. If you think you might have something to contribute, email me at: dangrn77@hotmail.com and check out our magazine at www.surrealgrotesque.com.

We also love dark poetry!
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vespera May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
just as an FYI - your website lists everything BUT poetry, so you may want to add that in :) a lot of us are gunshy and would assume that that means poetry is a no-go!
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