May Contest Poll

By on May 15, 2010 in Contests

It’s time to vote for the first Wild Violet monthly short-form contest. For this first contest, only two entries were received. Please get the word out to your friends, so that we can have more participants in the June contest!

The May topic was “My Favorite Mistake.”

The first entry is this poem by Mary Ellen Walsh, which was received over e-mail:


I park my car
In a circle
Of wind savaged trees.

Leap from their mothers.  One babe
Taps my door,
But I stay inside, in uteri.

I harbor my thoughts. They fold within.
Is a constant tiller.
I will—

Not ask him again.
No, not again.


The second entry is a flash fiction piece by Amy M. Levy, which you can read at this link:

You can vote only once, so please choose carefully! The poll will be open until 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 22.

The winner of the May contest will receive a Wild Violet rectangular sticker and will be eligible to compete as a finalist in the annual short-form contest.


Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry and infrequently keeps an online journal. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.