Winners’ List 2018

1st Lynda LaRocca, “Portents of the Future,” Salida, CO
2nd Jerri Hardesty, “The Right Place at the Right Time,” Brierfield, AL
3rd Charlotte Digregorio, “Seizing the Day,” Winnetka, IL

Honorable Mention: Joyce Shiver, “Ben’s Song,” Crystal River, FL
Honorable Mention: David Odegaard, “It seems,” Brooklyn, NY
Honorable Mention: Mary Grace Sepik, “The Poet,” Wilmington, NC

Special Recognition: Christine Riddle, “Corn Futures,” Foley, AL
Special Recognition: Carolyn Oliver, “Nine Minutes in June,” Worcester, MA
Special Recognition: Brendan Wilson, “For L and R,” Tokyo, Japan

Winners’ List 2017

1st    Barbara Blanks, “Along the Ridge Trail,” Garland, TX
2nd    Betsy M. Hughes, “September Twilight Song,” Dayton, OH
3rd    Dalene Stull, “After Seven Years,” Danville, OH

1st HM    Jerri Hardesty, “Conduit,” Brierfield, AL
2nd HM    Charlotte Digregorio, “The Will to Write,” Winnetka, IL
3rd HM    Janice Fuller, “A Love Lost,” Webster, WI

Special Recognitions:

Candace Armstrong, “Revisitation,” Murphysboro, IL
Catherine Moran, “The English teacher pauses,” Little Rock, AR
Beth Staas, “Because,” Oak Brook, IL

Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to all who entered.  A special thank-you to our judge, Joyce Shiver.  There were many wonderful poems.

Winners’ List 2016

1st   Katharyn Howd Machan, The North of Skyros,” Ithaca, NY
2nd   Raymond Peringer, “When Other Eyes,” Toronto, Ontario, Canada
3rd   Michael Harty, “Dandelion,” Praririe Village, KS

HM   Mel Goldberg, “Last Dance,” Laredo, TX    
HM   Esther Whitman Johnson, “She Might As Well Have Been a Single Mom,” Roanoke, VA
HM   Deborah LeFalle, “Revisioning 71,” San Jose, CA

Special Recognitions:

Beth Staas, “In Praise of Tranquility,” La Grange Park, IL
Catherine Moran, “Settling for the earth,” Little Rock, AR
Libby Maxey, “Spring Snow,” Conway, MA


Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to all who entered. A special thank you to our judge, Rebecca Kanan.  There were many wonderful poems.


Winners’ List 2014

1st   Dalene Stull, “Autumn Tapestry,” Danville, OH
2nd   Yakov Azriel, “Arbeit Macht Frei,” Bala Cynwyd, PA
3rd   Gail White, “Old Cat Woman,” Breaux Bridge, LA

HM   Andrea Dietrich, “A Sonnet On My Threadbare Love,” Pleasant Grove, UT
HM   Neil P. Brothers, “Mortis,” Battle Creek, MI
HM   Barbara Blanks, “Afternoon Performance,” Garland, TX

Special Recognitions:

Lynda La Rocca, “La Desaparecida,” Twin Lakes, CO
Lee Pelham Cotton, “Out Of Its Element,” Locust Hill, VA
Chris O’Carroll, “Something Like an Apology,” Pelham, MA


A special thank you to our judge, Rebecca Kanan. 

Winners’ List 2013

1st Place   Beth Staas, “Twelfth Night,” Oak Brook, IL.
2nd Place   Barbara Blanks, "After 42 Years,"  Garland, TX.
3rd Place   Dennis R. Patton, "Our Evening Run,"  Alexander, AR.

HM   Ed Werstein, "An Alternate Ending (or Hamlet??),"  Milwaukee, WI.
HM   Jerri Hardesty, "Bright Ribbons,"  Brierfield, AL.
HM   Caroline Sposto, "Of Autumn,"  Memphis, TN.

Special Recognitions:

David M. Harris, "Suburban Epiphany,"  Kingston Springs, TN.
Catherine Chandler, "Persuasion,"  Saint-Lazare, Quebec, Canada
Don Foran, "Moby-Dick Revisited,"  Olympia, WA.