Finally I get to acknowledge the awesome talent seen in this contest. I’ll be honest, choosing was very difficult. Everyone astounded me with their creativity and inventiveness, and I appreciate everyone who stepped outside of their comfort zone to pen a few odes to those mindless brain-eaters hiding among us.
So, without further ado:
Winner of an in depth first chapter critique from Angela for linking to the contest (random draw):
Winner of an in depth first chapter critique from Angela for their haiku:
Sad zombie faces
Bellies won’t be filled tonight
In a house of blondes
This one made me spray coffee on my monitor when I read it (literally) and then I laughed for about 5 minutes straight. Congrats, Mary Witzl!
Runners Ups (and winners of a 250 word/first page critique from Angela):
sways to the Soca rhythms
in the Jumbie Dance.
Wrapping moist innards
In bamboo leaves, she pauses
To lick her fingers
Young girl in the dark
Face hidden by too-long hair
Skin just a tad pale
Eyes following her
A shadow slips from behind
Tongue draws across lips
Girl picks up her pace
Man laughs and begins the chase
They run in the dark
Streetlights left behind
Up the alleyway they go
No one else around
Suddenly she stops
He hesitates and steps back…
…He’s not the zombie
Slash! Smash! Rip and Tear!
Too bad he didn’t notice
Maggots in her hair
Digs a shallow grave,
All that’s buried must arise.
In cold hands, house keys.
And because I’m tearing my hair out because all of these haikus are so amazingly awesome, I don’t want anyone to leave empty handed. If you submitted one or more haikus to the contest, you can send me the first paragraph of one novel or story and I’ll give you feedback on its ‘hook factor’. Just reference the haiku in your email as well as your blogging handle and get it to me before the week is out.
Please send all materials to the contact email here and put Zombie Haiku Contest in the subject line.
Thanks to everyone who embraced their inner Zombie and entered. This was such a success and so much fun I’ll have to do another one!
Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, a portal to powerful, innovative tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
This was a great contest! Thanks everyone again for being such great sports with it. I hope you had as much fun as I did!
Mother (Re)produces. says
Erg… Think I’ll skip breakfast this morning…
Well done, everybody.
Susan York Meyers says
Congratulations to the winners:-)
Author of Callie and the Stepmother
Congrats. The creativity is great.
Mary Witzl says
Yay, thank you — I’m amazed and honored. The others are so good, I think I’d have gone a little crazy trying to judge these.
Casey McCormick says
Oh, I love them all! Congrats to the winners.
Tricia J. O'Brien says
Thanks Angela! This was so much fun and too cool that I won. I’ve been out of town or woulda woo-hoo’d sooner.
Gayle C. Krause says
It was a fun contest. Congratulations to all of the winners.
Wow…such talent!! Love the whole zombie theme 🙂
Stephanie Faris says
Congrats to the winners. Very good entries there. They’re all winners in my book!
Thanks for hosting this contest, Angela. It was a lot of fun. 🙂
Very kind of you, Angela!
Congrats to the haiku winners! Fun contest!
MG Higgins says
Congratulations to the winners and thanks for the contest! It was lots of fun.