The Results ARe IN For the Winner of the Carrot Ranch Double Ennead Poetry Challenge

For this year’s rodeo, I created a special poetry form called the Double Ennead. The word Ennead means nine, and a double nine is ninety-nine! Carrot Ranch is famous for 99-word flash fiction. Finally, the ranch has its own syllabic poetry form written in 99 syllables!

The Double Ennead comprised five lines with a syllable count of 6/5/11/6/5, (33 SYLLABLES per stanza) 3 STANZAS EACH = 99 SYLLABLES, NO MORE, NO LESS!

The twist in crafting the Double Ennead was that poets had to choose five consecutive words from the poem, “The Springtime Plains,” from Cowboy Poet, Charles Badger Clark, found at the link below:

The five words had to be reworked into one stanza following this word placement:

Line 1 starts with word 1

Line 2 ends with word 2

Line 3 starts with word 3

Line 4 ends with word 4

Line 5 starts with word 5

Today, I can finally announce the winner of the Carrot Ranch’s 2020 Writing Rodeo Event #2, which I had the honor of managing.

There were twenty-four poems submitted from all genres including comedy, western, romantic, and even a fantasy poem. Our two judges studied the poems for several days before selecting a winner. It was a tough choice.

The Double Ennead was not an easy poem to craft, and each of you who took part stepped up to meet the challenge. You are all stars!

Please proudly display this badge on your website. You earned it, and I’m proud of all of you!

Here is our winner:

“Some Places Have No Names,”

by Kerfe Roig

Her five words from the poem, “The Springtime Plains,” were: “…summering sun that comes galloping…” found in the first stanza of her poem.

You can find Kerfe Roig’s magnificent Double Ennead poem at where our head buckaroo, Charli Mills, has compiled the winners of the Writing Rodeo events.

Again, congratulations to the winners and to everyone who entered. I hope you all continue to craft poetry!

I’d like to add my special thanks to the amazing judges,

Jane Dougherty and Merril D. Smith.

62 thoughts on “The Results ARe IN For the Winner of the Carrot Ranch Double Ennead Poetry Challenge

  1. The identity of the winner is finally revealed (to the judges too!). The form is a very difficult one to write, and all the entries earned my admiration for managing it.
    Congratulations to Kerfe on a tremendous poem!

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  2. Congratulations to all who entered! This was a difficult form that Colleen created. A special congratulations to Kerfe for her outstanding poem. I was so pleased to find out that we chose a poem that you wrote! 💙

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  3. What an amazing Rodeo Contest, you developed and managed, Colleen. Thank you for creating a new syllabic challenge and to Jane and Merril for judging. Like you, I’m proud of all the writers who took this one on. Congratulations to Kerfe!

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  4. My goodness I am in awe. I can get my brain around a free write an artstic > cough < free write or a rhyming piece but this is so far away from that. I bow before you all,
    Composers of life,
    Love and lament.
    Winding words with
    Goldleaf painting
    Achitectual prose,
    Like attempting
    To cement back on
    The Sphinxes nose.

    Congratulations all.

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        1. Jane and Merril were the judges. I wasn’t involved in the judging, just the managing. All of the poems were presented to the judges blind. I saw the poet’s names, and checked through their work. It was tough! Look how many people gave it a shot! ❤


  5. Reblogged this on Norah Colvin and commented:
    And the results for the second Carrot Ranch 2020 Flash Fiction Rodeo – The Double Ennead Poetry Challenge lead by poet Colleen Chesebro – are in!
    Did you enter? I did, but I didn’t win. Did you? Pop over to Colleen’s to find out.

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