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Congratulations to Kelsey L. Smoot, who was selected by judge Marisa Crane (@marisa_crane) as the winner of the Spring 2021 Sad Girls Club Poetry Contest! Kelsey L. Smoot (They/Them/Theirs) is a full-time PhD student in the interdisciplinary social sciences and humanities. They are also a poet, advocate, and frequent writer of critical analysis.

Their winning poem is titled ‘The Body (in theory)’. Make sure to check out their poetry which will be posted tomorrow on the blog. Marisa Crane also selected 4 runner-ups. Congratulations to:

  • First runner up, Sarah Cook with her poem, Cassandra

  • Second runner up, D.I.E. McKinley with their poem, My Mother's Mouth

  • Third runner up, Olivia Pierce with her poem, Gleeful Rejection of Object Permanence

  • Fourth runner up, Alexandra Ernst with her poem, Girls' Club

These poems will be posted on the blog over the next few days.

Thank you to all who entered poetry into the contest. There were a number of poems that stood out and many of them will be posted on the Sad Girls Club blog in the coming weeks. We would like to thank everyone who submitted poetry into the contest. We look forward to running more contests in the future and seeing more of your work. Finally, we want to thank Marisa Crane for judging this contest. There was a fantastic selection of poems to choose from, making the task of judging this contest a challenging task! Make sure to check out their poetry on Instagram: Just a reminder that general submission to the blog are still open in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Click on the Submissions tab at the top of the page for more information.


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