At the Transfer 102 Release Party on December 6th 2011, we held our first-ever Haiku Contest. All twenty-four participants, using pens and scraps of paper provided by yours truly, wrote their haikus on the spot during the party. The much sought-after prizes awarded to the author of the winning haiku (aside from blog fame and bragging rights) were two Transfer issues of the winner’s choice. The optional topic was “forbidden desire.” Entries ranged from the timely: a ditty about Herman Cain and a prayer for Occupy protesters, to the timeless: a refusal to perform anal sex and Oedipal vengeance motivated by stolen Mexican food.
Angelica Barraza, the Editor in Chief who made the final editorial decisions for Transfer 102 and me, Erica Schimmel, one of last issue’s Fiction Editors, judged the poems together. The selection process was difficult as we combed through these wildly varying displays of poetic prowess.
In the end, we chose…*drum roll* Continue reading “Transfer’s First Haiku Contest Results!”