A past judge of the competition spoke on the importance for writers to use "fresh" similes and metaphors -- and that's not an easy thing to do! She had the audience try -- for instance, give an example of how "sadness" sounds -- and it wasn't easy!
I mention this because I've been plogging (poetry blogging) lately about my "Top Ten References to Nature by Emily Dickinson," and a particular simile of Dickinson's landed a poem in the #2 slot on my list. Let's just say that the comparison was in fact a "fresh" simile -- or should I say, I "fresh" slant? The post about the poem is HERE.
I'll post #1 on my "Top Ten" list soon.