I’m sitting here writing this editorial with my toddler (who woke up from his nap too early), snacking on grapes in his high chair beside me. I have yogurt, Goldfish, and chocolate chip cookies at the ready, because surely it will take me longer to pound out my thoughts than his attention span will last. With any luck, the words will come quickly and I’ll be done before his sister wakes up from her nap.
Why do I share these details? Not so you’ll feel sorry for me, but so you’ll see that inspiration can come in small things, in the details of the crushed Goldfish at my feet, joining the crushed Cheerios from breakfast, melding with my guilt over writing this editorial now and that blog post then and ignoring my little guy. I’ve come to consider myself a writer over the last decade, and I’ve also been in the trenches of motherhood for those years, so it’s no surprise that most of the things I write deal in some way with my experiences as a mother.
This month, I’m delighted to announce the 2013 Segullah Essay and Poetry Contest winners. We are thrilled to have such fantastic work to print this month, and gratified that the quality of our submissions and our editorial process has been maintained as we’ve moved to our digital format.
But a curious thing struck me as I read the winning essays and poems– in five of the six winning essays and poems, the author comes to see something important about herself through the lens of motherhood. In the sixth, it’s marriage that provides the lens. We’ve got topics as diverse as drowning, growing older, adult children, helicopter parenting, eye patches, eating disorders, car theft, cystic fibrosis, and pregnancy, and the authors come to conclusions about their lives and experiences that are just as wide-ranging, but I find it curious that we come back to the everyday domestic experiences to frame those conclusions. Writing about the Goldfish helps me process the guilt. But the Goldfish are gone, and so I’ll leave you to your reading.
Shelah Mastny Miner
“Larceny and Longsuffering: A Love Story” by Denise Jamsa, Essay Contest Winner
“Choosing Motherhood” by Cindy Baldwin, Essay Contest Honorable Mention
“Hungry Storms” by Rachel Lewis, Essay Contest Honorable Mention
“I Tell My Children” by Melody Newey, Poetry Contest Winner
“Lazy Eye” by Dayna Patterson, Poetry Contest Honorable Mention
“On Keeping Daughters from Drowning” by Dayna Patterson, Poetry Contest Honorable Mention
Coming soon: archived content from our Fall/Winter 2012 print issue, and Spring/Summer 2012 issue
“Inside and Outside Marriage”
Featured artist: Maralise Petersen
Featured artist: Rebecca Wetzel Wagstaff
“Gifts of the Spirit”
Featured artist: Leslie Graff
Featured artist: Lee Bennion
“Palette of Light”
Featured artist: Sharon Furner
“Roots and Branches”
Featured artist: Mandi Mauldin Felici
Featured artist: Jacqui Larsen
Featured artist: Jamie Wayman
“Cleave Unto Charity”
Featured artist: Rose Datoc Dall
“Women Proclaiming the Gospel”
“Corridors of Change”
Featured artist: Claire Ferguson
“The Measure of Creation”
Cover art by Victoria Holt