Final Winners Announcement
The Voice of Peace anthology competition will be a sequel to Songs of Peace, the world’s biggest contemporary poetry anthology which was published in early 2020. Please, this should not be confused with any of our other anthologies as this is specifically our first ever continental anthology competition.
During the period of three months we received a huge competition engagements of 8,909 from 144 nations of the world, we thank every one at our jury board and the new jurors who joined to collectively judge the entries. Entries received showed the distinction of peace messages immortalized to edify conceptual thoughts progressively and pertinently.
Note: Our jury decision is final, we have chosen to award only distinguished poems and stories that are newfangled, underivative, innovational, thought-provoking, honest, insightful and objective.
Overall Best Poem: Jeanne D’Arc by Julliane Samantha Ortega
Julliane Samantha Ortega is a Philippine who studies Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management in the De La Salle University-Manila.
Overall Best Short Story: The Cobwebs by Yeshwant Sridhar
Yeshwant Sridhar is an Indian emerging writer currently pursuing Mechatronics Engineering from India.
Top 10: Yeshwant Sridhar, Julliane Samantha Ortega, Angelica Joy Bailon, Faisal Mahmud Arnob, Flo Au, Aksa Muzzaffar Wani, Denim Deka, Anusree Maity, Revian Gunarso, Louisa Wirawan.
Amjad Daher, Barza Ayaz, Safoora Cheriki, Anne Silva, Dulee Paranavitana, Sama Ali, Dr. Trish Miranda, Gumma Manasa, Tushar Goyal, Ranjith Sivaraman, Shayla Sultana, Manasi Kadam, Julliane Samantha Ortega, Aryana Anisha Mahmud, Angelo B. Allito, Anuji Warunika Withana, Sukanya Basu Mallik, Anusree Maity, Ethan Yeo, Priya Rajan, Namra Tasnim, D.M Navoda Dissanayake, Dr. Lalita Vaitheeswaran, Sara Setayesh, Sanjay Shankar Mukherjee, Flo Au, Ma. Queenie Rose Dadia, Kamala Belagur, R.Gomathi Sridevi, Hana Said Khalfan Al Buraiki, Daniel Revach, Melissa Maize, Ain Syakirah, Gembong Hanung, Anushree Bose, R G Kaimal, Harshini Poluri, Abundio Noel M. Libot, Nahian Rahman Lamia, Park Naaryn, Khadijah Faiz, Faisal Mahmud Arnob, Avleen Kaur, Nilanjana Sanyal, Sudarshan Kumaresan Muthuselvi, Alishah Jillani, Dr. Tanvi Prashant Desai, Gunaseelan K, Jyotsna Bhardwaj, Nurfaizin Binti Shahrulbahri, Sabiha Afrose, Nur Syahirah Sardi, Louisa Wirawan, Palash Mahmud, Revian Gunarso, Charlyz Pia Bognot, Anamika Jha, Aathira P, M.A. Chandiwari Mallawa Arachchi, Ravi Rc, Satarupa Sinha Roy, Jedryc Romero, Bareena Jamal, Cindy Cynthia Ang, Afsaneh Khetrapal, Angelica Joy Bailon, Ananya Sarkar, Ashlee Shaikh, Aksa Muzzaffar Wani, Jennah Yoo, S. Rupsha Mitra, Maria Morena Barola Malanum, Reetu Joshi, Yeshwant Sridhar, Denim Deka, Sugyan Jyoti Patra, Vandana Kumari Jena, Zeinab Mirzaee, Czarowitz Joss O. Bercasio, Brian Kaki, Prajakta Pendse, Iqra Tabassum, Ms Rayla Noel, Khushbu Thakkar, Gener V. Orencia, Rene Osorio Canceko, Rajesh Kumar Sahu, Janani Dev, Debashrita Dwivedy, Harpreet Kaur Baweja, Zoe Cheng, Mrigakhi Saikia, Sarah Elizabeth Jacob, Mohammad Kachooee, Harsh Sahay, Ryan Watch, Nupur Shah, Swastik Barua, Ajitesh Nag, Manoj Kumar Panda.
Overall Best Poem: Of Dust by Jeehan Ashercook
Jeehan Ashercook is a poet from the UK in Edinburgh who has an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow.
Best Short Story: Garden Musings by Marie McMullin
Marie McMullin is is a writer from Switzerland whose works has appeared in several anthologies published by Oprelle Publications and City Limits Publishing.
Top 10: Jeehan Ashercook, Marie McMullin, Hafsah Hussain, Natascha Solito, Gunita Ozola, Deborah Mason, Jana Niechoy, Isabelle Ward, Veronika Markovska, Ellis Dytrych-Cowell.
Kajol Jain, Aleksandra Lekic Vujisic, W.S. Elliot, Michael Paul Brigden, Lisa Marie Johansen, Nia Sorcha Parr, Yvette Naden, Penelope hates, Jenessa Calinghen, Jana Šoškić, Phoebe McBurney, Christian Ward, Deborah Rose Green, Maid Corbic, Farah Gabdon, Priya Rose Toberman, Hanna Klincewicz, James Pinnock Fiona Halliday, Anouk Jansen, Maroula Blades, Jack Woodfine, Vlora Konushevci, Alexa Huijser Michielsen, Dr. Dariusz Pacak, Andy Bonías, Jeanne Sophie Rasoanandrasana, Emilia Camarasa Garcia, Andrés Bismark Sánchez Terán, Bárbara Cervera, Emilio Jose Juan Alfaro, Amy Louise Wright, James Clark, Frank Collins-Smith, David Jones, T.K. Vaughan, Ellen Margrete Grong, Eithne Cullen, Raymond Cummings, Veronika Baulina, Anita Boér, Natascha Graham, Zahra Kasem, Clive Asher, Deborah Mason, Klara Kita, Elizabeth Boquet, Lizza Lane, Maryna Tchianova, Helen Grant, George Lainopoulos, Isabelle Ward, Tim Fahlstedt, Daniel Hewett, Emily-Anne Boyett, Daniel Sowerby, Yolanda Ryn, Jakub Korn, Mary McKeever, Marina Hrabar, Nicoletta Ferdenzi, Dr Mehwish Sharif, Owen Townend, Olivia Elvesson, Emily Mellows, Sarah Bolten, Evelyn Bayerlein, Jessica Chitty, Chloe Martin, Gunita Ozola, Crow Pietluch, Belle Doyle, María Castro Domínguez, Joceline Powter, Kemal Valjevcic, Mark Albanie, Jana Niechoy, Ciaran Doran, Matthew Birch, Sivulca Alexandra, Jeehan Ashercook, Janis Boguzs, Steffi Siby, Charlotte Emily Clarke, Filippa N Johansen, Jenny Cozens, Brigitta Hegyi, Terrence Mifsud, Murwa Ghouri, Marie McMullin, David J Marriott, Penny McCulloch, Danijel Markovic, Mary Sylvia Winter, Sharon Kliszcz,Tamar Skhiladze, Nancy Kirolos, Natascha Solito, Iman Abdulrahman, Sofia Correia, Caron Scott Nadal.
Overall Best Poem: Be Ours by Mai William Bemsii Junior
Mai William Bemsii Junior is a Cameroonian Masters student at the University of Dschang studying Bilingualism, he’s also a storyteller and a comedian.
Overall Best Short Story: A Chat With The Lady Next Door by Jessica Larue
Born in Seychelles, Jessica Larue is a hobbyist fiction writer with a particular eye for poetry and prose.
Top Ten: Mai William Bemsii Junior, Jessica Larue, Kalkidan Getnet, Oreoluwa Elujulo, Malumi Adeboye, Feriel Terras, Linda Lilian, Flonny Saiwa, Ciara Louw, Agatha Malunda.
Abonyi Hyginus Ebuka, Seyi Omotoso, Hafidh Kiwano Mtauka, Ukamaka Nnenna Ugwu, Zangose Tembo, Emecheta Christian, Owolusi Lucky Oluwabunmi, Ekoja Okewu, Naseebah Khodadin, Achioya Emmanuella, Omoh David, Chris Zas, Peniel Gifted, Abdulrahman M. Abu-Yaman, Zainab Iliyasu Bobi, Nwoko Solomon Ikechukwu, Nasirah Kathrada, Kudakwashe Chirapa, Victor Igiri Adirahu, Adeniyi Segun Alexandra, Jessica Larue, Manyok Ader, Llewellyn Bull, Annabelle Ulaka, Sophina Ahmad, Chidi Onyia, Agatha Malunda, Nkosinathi Tleane, Mpuuga Davis Francis, Tadese Deborah Oyindamola, Julia McInnes, Ikechukwu Obiorah, Onche Martha, Abdulazeez Soliu Adekilekun, Odoh Ndubuisi Christopher, Obebe Olusoji, Joshua A Samuel, Allan Shawa, Millen Mwalye, Yasmin Magdy, Ishola Hubaidat, Sulyman Hannafi M.A., Ngomane Bongani, Jolene Van Der Walt, Ini Okaka, Milicent T.T Chimunda, Chiwenite Onyekwelu, Adeleke Moyosoreoluwa Elizabeth, Chibuzor Kenechi Mokelu,Thobeka Sithole, Jessica Kabondo, Scholastica Frans, Thompson I. Emate, Ciara Louw, Marwa Ben Ahmed, Mai William Bemsii Junior, Lucia Bitrus, Chukas Chinaza Favour, Sherifa Bel-Romdhane, O’dinyaru Viola Bayo, Linda Lilian, Praises Chidiogo, Flonny Saiwa, Isibor Onyekaosolobue Theodora, Lawal Rofiat Abimbola, Testimony Odey, Tracey Chizoba Fletcher,Omar Abanouas, Caitlin Hancocks, Emmanuel Chika Eunice, Udeme-Obong Charles Udo, Saula Sheriffdeen Olamilekan, Tsireledzo Irah Phosa, Friday Praise Samuel, Gabriel Oluwalana, Oluwatamilore Adeniran, Adekeye Oluwatomisin, Judith Mathebula, Salawu Moshood Ayomide, Nwaneke Elendu Chikaodiri, Ernst Muller, Ithar Mutasim, Kalkidan Getnet, Ezekiel joy Inawole, Meshack Ogweno, Fisayo Balogun, Oreoluwa Elujulo, Goodness Chinweoruebube Akubueze, Malumi Adeboye, Ifeoma Blessing Edu-Aniobi, Majidah Mustafa Muro, Yaseen M. Tom, Elizabeth Moses, Sakina Hussein Meena, Isaac Omala, Sesetu Holomisa, Simon Simbarashe Mugunzva, Timilehin Adewinmisi, Feriel Terras, Kalunga Chibuye.
North America Winners
Overall Best Poem: Wild Flowers by Elizabeth McCarthy
Elizabeth lives in an old farmhouse in northern Vermont, United States. Retired from teaching, she wanders in poetry and on foot.
Overall Best Short Story: In This Grey World, I found you by Bryce Easton
Bryce Easton was raised in Kansas, United States. He is currently pursuing a degree in engineering. Bryce has always loved writing and helping others.
Top 10: Elizabeth McCarthy, Bryce Easton, Bavneet Kaur Beriana, Michael Grace Stith, Keara Murdock, Silas Wolfe, Dylan Marshall, Zoe Watts, Dickson Whitesides, Henry Valerio.
Chad Norman, Calvin Ashley, Divya Mehrish, Shanel M. Turner, Bryce Easton, Shelbee Reed, Zorica Jergovic, Josie Renner, Alex Calvert, Laila McClain, Eugenia Fain, Kylynn Pyatt, Christian Garduno, Bernard Horn, Alexandra Leon, Debra Ann Harris, Stephanie Okolie, Stephanos Fikru, Nandini Ramachandran, William Price, Kyle Callam, Leila Matthews, Bethany Hanor, Theodore Rodriguez, Alfonza Jackson, Jr., Mary Healey, Melissa Eatherington, Dylan Marshall, Paul Wallace, Dickson Whitesides, Kara Muller, Zoe Watts, Blake Landow, Henry Valerio, Josh Dutton, Carter Wenner, Stephanie Nnabue, Jeevan Bhagwat, Libya Elarbi, Keara Murdock, Tyanna Chittenden, Charlie Aus, Shamar Tomlinson, Abigail Turner, Elizabeth McCarthy, Delano Britt, Michael Grace Stith, Silas Wolfe, Thomas Combs, Joshua Bennett, Kristal Corona, Jordan Castle, Salome Clark, Erin Yoon, A.D. Titus, Kyara Clark, Bavneet Kaur Beriana, Joanne Slazyk, Traci Neal.
South America Winners
Overall Best Poem: Untitled by Viktoria King
Viktoria King is from Trinidad & Tobago. She is a second year modern language university student.
Best Short Story: Untitled by Francisca Anazco
18 year old Francisca Anazco was born in Chile, she finds joy in stories and in the pursuit of belonging, she reads and writes.
All Finalists: Viktoria King, Francica Anazco, Marcelo Moreira.
Francisca Anazco, Alisson Santos De Lima, Marcelo Moreira, Viktoria King, Gabriel Dantas, Lorena Marau, Clitnton R. Siegle, Marcia La Vecchia Galan, Viktoria King.
Overall Best Poem: Peace by Wendy Blaxand.
Australian Wendy Blaxland has poetry published worldwide, as well as over 100 books, mostly for children, and 25 plays performed.
Overall Best Short Story: Untitled by Andy Bonias.
Andy Bonias is a writer from Spain who is a lover of art.
Top Winners: Wendy Blaxand
Yvonne Wang, Greta Peden, Paula Lucas, Karen Belk, Bree Leto
VOP Grand Winners 2021
Overall best poetry submission from all continent goes to Of Dust by Jeehan Ashercook. (From the United Kingdom)
From the stardust we were moulded
to the edge of the world we were pushed,
to watch the children under an olive tree caper
round and round singing in a circle.
Their tongues set to many tunes—
notes doves collect from mouths, carry in beaks
to make nests atop a colourful collage of hands.
Each arm rising as a branch laced into
a wrinkled bunch, a trunk whose roots run
deep into veins twisting at the wrists.
Slit them, and shades of skin pour holy crimson
a river of the same Pantone flows through the soil.
Burn them, and bones through flames flash talcum
ashes fall onto dirt-dust, stuff flowers bud out of.
Jeehan’s Of Dust poem laces an embroidery of tranquility upon the minds of todays youths —a powerful poem that reverberates the true essence of peace.Juries Quote
Overall best short story submission from all continent goes to The Cobwebs by Yeshwant Sridhar. (From India)
I remember watching my Thatha breathe. His diaphragm rising and falling like a smooth sail. Every time I came home from college, he was there, a sight of faint phantasm, in a room smelling of rucksacks and mothballs. I remember my parents had to prop him up naked in the bathroom, every three times a week, to give him a hot shower. His words were always muffled, but there were times he spoke with such lucidity one might think he didn’t have Alzheimer’s, times when his face broke the chasm of confusion and his wrinkles realigned to reveal what he once was— an exuberant grandfather who ran kites with his grandson, whose laughter reminded you of watery skies and anticipation. These were the moments that caught me off guard because they brought a sudden resurgence of memories and the image of my childhood following me around with dog-eared longing.
I cannot imagine how our lives went from being idyllic to a hollowed nothingness. I hated looking at him because every time I looked at him, he reminded me of the banal derision of life. What is the point of all of this? I used to think, watching my parents take him to shower.
One day, I came home bleeding since I’d scraped my knee on the side walk. I had to go to Thatha’s room for a band-aid. He was lying on the bed, smelling of neglect— a shadow, an exoskeleton of despair. As I was about to leave, he clutched my hand. The force of it took me off guard. His withering brows were knit with spirit, eyes full of recognition. There was a slight tautness about his mouth as if he wanted to say something to me, and it sent a shudder. I tried to pry his fingers off, but I was mystified by him.
A cobwebbed memory broke apart to reveal Thatha, his shaky fingers tailoring my kite, under the watery sky of Coimbatore, children shouting in the far side, the people scrambling their way home, the faint petrichor picked up by the wind, the heat radiating off the dull-kerosine lit lamps by the shops; everything was polychromatic— his eyes crinkling at the edges, the excitement in him throbbing alongside mine as we caught our breaths and ran, him trying to keep up with my pubescent sturdiness, and I, looking back at him, in the watery strange lit world, thinking if this was what true love looked like.
Tears rushed to my eyes. A moment later, he’d curled back to sleep, as if nothing ever transpired between us, as if he wasn’t just about to call my name. But that single moment of understanding was enough to dislodge me. I realized in him that peace isn’t the absence of turmoil; turmoil is very much present, even in the most idyllic life. It is reminding ourselves to find togetherness amidst the chaos, and it is all worth staying for.
In her exuberant reminisces of her grandfather, Yeshwant pilots the reader to a novelty of complicated emotions that arises the virtue of peace and exculpatory feelings.Juries Quote
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