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At AWP 2014 in Seattle, amidst the star-studded panels and readings, one event stood out from the pack as the most magical. That’s right, folks. We’re talking about the MAR My Little Pony Writing Contest.

The challenge was simple: write a poem or flash fiction piece somehow celebrating the magic of My Little Pony. From a herd of pony entries, four winners emerged. Today, we’re pleased to publish the first of the winners: “Friendship Is Magic” by Marci Rae Johnson.

Friendship Is Magic

This article may contain an excessive amount of intricate detail that may only
interest a specific audience. (November 2013) – My Little Pony, Wikipedia

You are all my very best friends,
you cutie pies you pink
and purple lovelies I have kept
in the original packaging until
the day I need you most,
until the day the stars fly out
of the sky and I can’t stop
crying with the one eye
remaining, the other having
already been given to the Friends
of the End of the World. You
my sugar cubes, my rainbow
brood, each with a sign that makes
you unique, the mark of the beast
the pony, the unicorn that remains
after the flood made everything
new. It doesn’t matter anymore
what your sin, it’s all afire O
the Grand Gala, the Pink Gala
where everything you eat is sweet.
Put the sugar in your mouth,
O taste and see. The magic
makes it all complete.

Marci Rae Johnson

Marci Rae Johnson


Marci Rae Johnson teaches English at Valparaiso University, where she serves as Poetry Editor for The Cresset. She is also the Poetry Editor for WordFarm press. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in The Collagist, Quiddity, Hobart, Redivider, Redactions, The Louisville Review, The Christian Century, and 32 Poems, among others. Her first collection of poetry won the Powder Horn Prize and was published by Sage Hill Press in 2013.






The magic will continue when three more winners are revealed in the coming weeks. *sparkle*

Photo: Sharyn Morrow

Laura Maylene Walter, Fiction Editor