From the Judges
The Goulburn Valley Writers’ Group Inc. was elated with the response to the first ever Tamba Poetry Competition (2022), receiving 110 entries. The standard of writing was very high, and the poems covered an excellent range of subjects, with most fulfilling the criteria of an uplifting or inspirational poem.
The winning poems were meticulously constructed and easy to read, creating vivid word pictures. They demonstrated the capacity to create a scene and follow it through with effective word-craft. Each filled the judges with delight.
Several entries took an innovative and skilled approach to common topics, lifting the poems from the everyday to the memorable. Others chose more unusual subjects, taking the readers into unfamiliar places and experiences.
In a competition with a 60-line limit, the judges felt that, although a well-crafted shorter poem was not rejected because of its length, a more substantial poem gave more opportunity to create a favourable impression and demonstrate the poet’s skill.
The overall quality of the entries was remarkable and made the final decisions quite a difficult job for the judges. We applaud all who took the time to enter this competition and we look forward to printing the winning entries in an upcoming issue of Tamba Magazine.
Brendan Darveniza and Pat Patt