ROUND ONE: 1-slate vs. 16-evitable


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Voter Instructions:

  • The countdown at the bottom of each pairing indicates how much time is left to vote.
    • When voting closes, timer will disappear.
  • Read both poems as many times as you’d like.
  • Mark the poem you like best by clicking the circle next to its name.
  • Press the “Vote” button to record your vote.
  • Votes are counted in real time and cannot be changed once entered.
  • In the Public Vote, anyone may vote, but only one vote is allowed per IP address.
  • In the Classroom Vote, you must be registered and logged in to vote.
    • Official voting classrooms should read and discuss each poem and then submit one vote as a class.
    • Students can then vote again individually from home.
  • In the Authlete Vote, you must be a 2015 authlete and logged in to vote.

Things to Consider in Making a Choice:

  • How well the poem incorporates the authlete’s assigned word, given its level of difficulty.
  • Whether or not the poem adheres to the poem requirements for the contest.
  • Precision: structure, meter, rhyme, syntax, etc.
  • Personality: creative imagery, language, metaphor, etc.
  • Power: makes you laugh, cry, want, sigh, think, dream, wince, scream, etc.
  • Plus One: it is a poem you feel drawn to share with another person for whatever reason.

Apply your own criteria as well! For more on the above concepts, check out POEMETRICS™.

Here are the poems:


1-slate what does it mean?
Vote for Me, Your G-G-G
By Stephanie Salkin

Want to have a shorter day:
less work, more play,
more lunch, less class?
More Nestle’s Crunch, your own hall pass?
Then vote for me. I’m on the slate.
Class president–I’m grand, I’m great!
I’ll do the job, there’s no one better.
Remember me, the Geek-Go-Getter!



16-evitable what does it mean?
Cafeteria Mishap
By Karen G. Jordan

The vegetable soup was insipid
The boy who chose it, inept
He could have invested in rubberized shoes
He could have watched where he stepped

It all was utterly evitable
Had he only selected the hash
But then the school would have missed out on seeing
The Hollywood-esque Rainbow Splash!


Public Vote (1-slate vs. 16-evitable)
Final Results:
1-slate vs. 16-evitable

Authlete Vote (ID Required)
Final Results:
1-slate vs. 16-evitable
Classroom Vote (ID Required)
Final Results:
1-slate vs. 16-evitable

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  • deborahhwilliams

    Tough choice! Two good school setting, student vote getting poems!

  • Damon Dean

    Great start! However, Ed, I can’t seem to log in to vote. It’s throwing up a WordPress screen, and I’ve used my login and password. Won’t accept it.

    • Ed DeCaria

      any other authletes having this problem? I see votes coming in. damon, i can’t break from posting routine at the moment but will circle back. sorry!

      • Damon Dean

        Understood…I know you are terribly busy. I don’t know why, no email address or login seems to work. Don’t worry about it just now.

      • Damon Dean

        Ed. Got it. Got smart and read my emails from you on the Authlete vote. Duh. Thanks for your patience.

        • Ed DeCaria

          Phew! Thanks for taking the self-service lane …

          • Maureen Lynas

            It’s doing the same for me. I don’t have a wordpress account. So I’ve voted as a member of the public.

            • Ed DeCaria

              Maureen, I created a TKT account for every authlete specifically so that you could all vote in the authlete vote. You don’t need any other WordPress account. I’ll email you your credentials. Thanks! -Ed

  • Carol Samuelson-Woodson

    “Evitable.” Had to guess at meaning and check in dictionary. Really difficult and I like the way Karen managed to wring humor from it. “Vote for Me…I’m grand, I’m great!” As “authletes” we relate! [“Remember me,” your G-G-G!]

  • Ed DeCaria

    And so it begins! Thank you, Stephanie, for your great contribution (look at that classroom vote!) and congratulations, Karen, for moving on to Round Two!

    • Stephanie Salkin

      It was great fun. Thanks for hosting this great (and grand) competition.

  • Donna Smith

    Nice work! Great job getting that classroom vote, Stephanie!

  • Donna Smith

    Congratulations, Karen! Wonderful cafeteria scene!

  • Phillip Van Wagoner

    Karen, Stephanie – congrats to both of you on two great poems!