Friday, August 21, 2009

RONDEAU ROUNDUP: Love Contest Winners

Love Rondeau Contest: Winners!

It is with delight that I announce the winners of the Rondeau Roundup's Love Rondeau Contest!

First-prize goes to Heidi Czerwiec for "Rondeau with NASA Article." Heidi's prize consists of a $35 gift certificate and a feature on the Rondeau Roundup blog.

More-than-Honorable Mentions went to the following poets. Each of these poets will have their rondeaus featured on the blog as well:

Tara Betts for "Spin Cycle"
Susan Elbe for "My, What Big Wishes I Had"
Marybeth Rua-Larsen for "It Isn't What I Thought"
Buzz Mauro for "We Love as You Do"
R. Elena Prieto for "Lost Love, In Memoriam"

Thanks to all those poets who entered the contest!
The Love Rondeau contest, sponsored by the Rondeau Roundup blog, has yielded 25 entries! Not bad for a first time contest.

Contest results will be posted on July 31. In addition to the winners, other rondeaus will be posted on the blog as more-than-honorable mentions.

The next contest sponsored by the blog will be a Autumn Rondeau contest. Deadline TBA. No fee to enter, as will be the case for all contests connected to this blog.

Allison J.
Roundeau Mistress

Contest Rules:

Only one rondeau may be submitted per person. No entry fee.

For this contest, I'm looking for rondeaus that follow the standard definition, as given on

The rondeau’s form is not difficult to recognize: as it is known and practiced today, it is composed of fifteen lines, eight to ten syllables each, divided stanzaically into a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet. The rentrement consists of the first few words or the entire first line of the first stanza, and it recurs as the last line of both the second and third stanzas. Two rhymes guide the music of the rondeau, whose rhyme scheme is as follows (R representing the refrain): aabba aabR aabbaR.

Examples of the form: "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae, "We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar.

No other poetic form will be accepted for this contest. Non-rhyming rondeaus can be entered, but the blog moderator's preference is for rhymed and metered rondeaus.

To enter, send a single rondeau on the topic of love to

roundeauroundup(at)gmail(dot)com [replace (at) with @, (dot) with .]

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