Snafu Senryu Winners

An inside look into the Vocal Curation Team's favorite stories from the Snafu Senryu Challenge

By Vocal Curation TeamPublished 3 months ago 1 min read

Dana Crandell’s ‘Hand Stamp’, the winner of our Snafu Senryu Challenge, brings humor and a thoughtful, original idea to our theme. How to convey that awkward moment in seventeen syllables, neatly dispersed over three lines? The delight of this challenge is that form and content seem perfectly matched: no one wants to linger too long over these embarrassing moments (to say the least!) and yet we can’t help giving them space in our minds. Why not make good use of that space and turn anxiety into art?

In second place comes Sydney Chapman’s sequence of senryus, Alone / Together: A Collection. Not only does the author meditate and develop the idea of the schema, the neat use of the words alone / together to consider the tension between our virtual lives and our real lives. There’s a real sense of a life lived in these brief lines.

Some lovely runners-up for us. A little bit of Thanksgiving amusement in Kristen Balyeat’s "i swear."; Jessica Dowding’s fist-bump in "Why I Use Curbside Pickup" makes us think of the times we felt lonely and perhaps — couldn’t bring ourselves to say. Jen Parkhill ‘JP’ brings their stylish language and swift storytelling to ‘Tuesday Morning" — hashtag #heartbreak. These quick poems are such great inspiration for creativity: where will your ideas take you next? No need to be embarrassed by that desire to put pen to paper again…

You can check out the full list of winners HERE and learn about our current challenges below:


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  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Usually, I PM or send to support. I am trying to avoid a support response as follows, "We apologize for the confusion! It turns out that the calculation was done fair and square through an algorithm and it didn't accurately reflect publicly." In the snafu Senryu, a runner-up poem is brilliant & beautiful, however, the 2nd line has 7 words and 8 syllables. Please don't kill the messenger. Vocal please make this fair & square.

  • Paul Stewart3 months ago

    COngratulations to all the fine winners. There are many I need to read, but so glad Dana Crandell won! Well done well done!

  • Congratulations to Dana Crandell , Kristen Joy Balyeat, and everyone who placed in the latest Vocal Challenge announcement.

  • Grz Colm3 months ago

    A fun challenge! Congrats to all the winner!!

  • Kendall Defoe 3 months ago

    Well done, folks!

  • Congrats everyone!

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  • Dana Crandell3 months ago

    Thank you @Vocal Curation Team, and congratulations to everyone who placed!

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