Contest Winner & June Topic

By on May 24, 2010 in Contests

Congratulations to Mary Ellen Walsh, who won our first monthly short-form contest at Wild Violet.  Her winning entry will be viewable both from the direct link here and from the “Contest Winners” category (accessible from the sidebar).

Because my due date for my first child is rapidly approaching, I’m posting the June topic early for our monthly short-form writing contests (500 words for fiction, 20 lines for poetry).

Topic: “Round and Round”
Deadline: midnight, Friday, June 18

To enter, post a link to your entry, which can appear on either a personal site or any blog. If you must, you can e-mail it to, with the subject line: “June Contest Entry.” Please do not post your entry directly into the comments.

After the deadline, I’ll create a poll, allowing people to vote. The June winner will receive a Wild Violet rectangle magnet and publication.


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.


  1. This is my submission for this month (a poem this time):

  2. The topic “Round and Round” got me thinking about those moments in life when we need to jumpstart ourselves– when things just won’t go “round” the way we want them to.