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The results of the September Monthly Contest were announced at the meeting. Here they are:

Popular Vote:

In the “Humorous” category, there was a tie for first between LaVern Spencer McCarthy for her poem “A Codger from Arden” and Diana L. Conces for her poem “Life Lesson.”

In the “General” category, R. E. Hausser’s poem “After Sunset” was the winner.

Judge’s Results:

Our judge this month was Judith Austin Mills. Judith previously served as a board member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poems appear in multiple issues of Di-verse-city, the APS anthology, and the Texas Poetry Calendar, as well as other journals. Her sequence of 101 blank verse poems, Accidental Joy, was released in 2014. Retired recently from ACC’s adjunct faculty, she is finishing the last novel of a historical fiction trilogy. How Far Tomorrow (2011) and Those Bones at Goliad (2015) are set mostly in nineteenth-century Texas.

In the “Humorous” category, Diana L. Conces took 1st place with “Life Lesson,” and R. E. Hausser came in 2nd with “Paranoia.”

In the “General” category,LaVern Spencer McCarthy took 1st place with “Their Words Live On,” and R. E. Hausser came in 2nd with “After Sunset.”

Congratulations to the winners! And thank you to everyone who submitted poems. The November Monthly Contest entries are due by our next meeting on November 19th, when we welcome Ben Myers.