2012 Poetry Contest

Contest Sponsors:

Ain’t Got No Press • Alan Britt • “Laughing” Larry Berger • Anonymous (Dedicated to Wil Mills) • Clint Hirschfield • C.R. Cohen • Daniel McGinn • Donald & Jeanne Siegel • E. Amato • Edgar & Lenore’s Publishing House • Faith Frisby-Petrusevski • Harry Calhoun • Ink Publications • Jim Babwe • The Jovialities Entertainment Co., Ltd. • Katherine L. Gordon • LB Sedlacek • Linda Leedy Schneider • Lynne Bronsein • Magdalena Ball • Mary Kennedy Eastham • mgversion2>datura • Muddy River Poetry Review • Nancy Scott • Peggy Dobreer • Poetic Matrix Press • The Poetry Market Ezine • R. S. Carlson • Ranfurly Review • RC Edrington • Sandra Soli • U.S.1 Worksheets • Voices Israel Group of Poets • Winning Writers

Entry Guidelines | Prizes | Meet Your Judges | Contest Calendar


Winners and What They Won

First Place:
Katherine Czerwinski
$233


Second Place:
Lisette Alonso
$139.80


Third Place:
Maggie Westland
$93.20

We received 466 entries into the contest. The $466 (one dollar per poem entry fee). This was divided amongst the top three scoring poets. First place won 50%, Second place took 30%, and Third Place won 20%.

Every single poet who entered the contest will receive at least one prize just for entering thanks to the generosity of the many sponsors who supported this years contest.

Thanks to everyone for entering!

Read the Winning Poems | Listen to the Contest Winners Announcement


Prizes

First Prize: 50% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH

Second Prize: 30% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH.

Third Prize: 20% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to supplement the cash prizes with an impressive array of prizes which would be of interest to poets and writers.

The following prizes will be used to bolster first through third prize as well as distributed to other contest entrants.

Our goal is to be able to send every single person who enters the contest something.


Additional Prizes:

Ain’t Got No Press
http://PoetrySuperHighway.com/agnp
1 copy of the book “Death of a Mauve Bat” by Rick Lupert
39 copies of the ebook version of “The Night Goes on All Night – Noir Inspired Poems” edited by Rick Lupert

Alan Britt
2 copies of the book “Alone with the Terrible Universe” by Alan Britt

Anonymous (Dedicated to Wil Mills)
1 one-year subscription to Poetry Magazine
1 one-year subscription to Raintown Review

Clint Hirschfield
2 copies of the book “The Closet” by Clint Hirschfield AND 2 copies of the book “Mary Oliver’s Poetry Handbook”

C.R. Cohen
http://www.beatnikfemmefatale.com/
1 copy of the book “Beatnik Femme Fatale” by C.R. Cohen

Daniel McGinn
http://www.themcginnshow.com/ 
1 book of the book “1000 Black Umbrellas” by Daniel McGinn

Donald & Jeanne Siegel
1 copy of the book “Predictions Poetry Prose And A Song” by Donald & Jeanne Siegel

E. Amato
http://www.eamato.com/
2 copies of the book “Swimming Through Amber” by E. Amato
1 hour of coaching or editorial services from E. Amato

Edgar & Lenore’s Publishing House
http://www.edgarallanpoet.com/
1 signed copy of the book “In the Company of Women: An Anthology of Wit & Wisdom, Sass & Class” edited by Apryl Skies and Alicia Winski
1 signed copy of the book “A Song Beneath Silence” by Apryl Skies
1 signed copy of the book “Dialect of Dahlias” by Gloria Wimberley

Faith Frisby-Petrusevski
http://www.etsy.com/shop/FaithsLovelyTrinkets / http://www.etsy.com/shop/CapturedDivinely
30 25% off coupons to Lovely Trinkets
30 15% off coupons to Captured Divinely

Harry Calhoun
http://harrycalhoun.net/
2 signed copies of the book “Retro” by Harry Calhoun

Ink Publications
http://www.inkpublications.com/
1 copy of the book “The Anatomy of a Cratedigger” by Eric Evans

Jim Babwe
http://www.recursivemediaone.com/
One copy of the book “Indigo Dogs” by Alice K. Adzee PhD and James D. Babwe.

The Jovialities Entertainment Co., Ltd.
http://www.jovialities.8m.com/
1 copy of the book “Streetlight Sonata” by J. R. Simons

Katherine L. Gordon
1 copy o the Canadian poetry anthology “Quern”
1 copy of the Spirit Valley Celebration Anthology “A Feast of Equinox”

“Laughing” Larry Berger
http://www.poeticconversations.blogspot.com/
1 signed copy of the book “Instant Poetry (just add words!)” by Lawrence Berger

LB Sedlacek
http://www.lbsedlacek.com/
1 copy of the book “Red Headed Eskimos” by LB Sedlacek

Linda Leedy Schneider
http://www.pw.org/content/linda_leedy_schneider
1 copy of the book “Some Days: Poetry of a Psychotherapist” by Linda Leedy  Schneider
1 copy of the anthology “Mentor’s Bouquet” edited by Linda Leedy Schneider

Lynne Bronsein
http://home.earthlink.net/~tanysare/theofficiallynnebronsteinwebpage/id1.html
1 copy of the book “Border Crossings” by Lynne Bronstein

Magdalena Ball
http://www.compulsivereader.com/
1 copy of the book “Repulsion Thrust” by Magdalena Ball
1 copy of the book “Black Cow” by Magdalena Ball

Mary Kennedy Eastham
http://www.RP-Author.com/MKE
1 copy of The Shadow of a Dog I Can’t Forget by Mary Kennedy Eastham
1 copy of Squinting Over Water – Stories by Mary Kennedy Eastham

mgversion2>datura
http://mgversion2datura.blogspot.com/
Translation in French of the winning poem and publication in a French-speaking journal of poetry and literature.

Muddy River Poetry Review
http://www.muddyriverpoetryreview.com/
1 signed copy of the book “King of the Jungle, Poems” by Zvi A. Sesling
1 signed copy of the book “Across Stones of Bad Dreams” by Zvi A. Sesling

Nancy Scott
http://www.nancyscott.net/
1 autographed copy of the book “Down to the Quick” by Nancy Scott
1 autographed copy of the book “One Stands Guard, One Sleeps” by Nancy Scott

Peggy Dobreer
http://www.peggydobreer.com/
1 Copy of the book “InThe Lake of Your Bones” by Peggy Dobreer

Poetic Matrix Press
http://www.poeticmatrix.com/
1 copy of the book “Rearrangement of the Invisible” by Gail Entrekin
1 copy of the book “Realization Point” by Chris Hoffman
1 copy of the book “Dark Hills and Wild Mountains” by John Peterson
1 copy of the book “Katrina” by Lyn Lifshin

The Poetry Market Ezine
http://www.thepoetrymarket.com/
1 Free Classified Ad in an issue of The Poetry Market Ezine

R. S. Carlson
2 copies of the book “Waiting to Say Amen” by R. S. Carlson.

Ranfurly Review
http://www.ranfurly-review.co.uk/
A special feature for the winning poet in the December 2012 Ranfurly Review including author interview and showcase poetry.

RC Edrington
http://www.rcedington.com/
2 signed copies of the two-in-one book “Apocalypse Generation” and “The Philadelphia Experiment” by JD Nelson.

Sandra Soli
1 Session One of a 6-week poetry workshop conducted privately via Email (value $20); plus feedback on any work submitted in response to the assignments; optional bonus prize: a 10% discount on remaining five sessions should you wish to complete the course.

U.S.1 Worksheets
http://www.us1poets.com/
1 copy of Volume 57 of U.S.1 Worksheets, 2012

Voices Israel Group of Poets
http://www.freewebs.com/voicesisrael/
2 copies of the Voices Israel 2011 Anthology

Winning Writers
http://www.winningwriters.com/
1 one-year subscription to Poetry Contest Insider, with profiles of over 1,250 literary contests, a $39.80 value


Meet Your Judges

Amber Decker (Hedgesville, West Virginia)
Born in 1982, Amber Decker has been many things besides a poet– a sales girl, a rodeo princess, a security guard, and a warehouse worker to name just a few. These days, Amber lives in West Virginia and spends her free time reading fantasy novels, playing video games, traveling and attending college. She does the “poet thing” semi-regularly on her blog: http://roughverse.wordpress.com, and she’s beyond excited to have the opportunity to help judge this year’s Poetry Super Highway poetry contest.

Brenda Levy Tate (Tusket, Nova Scotia, Canada)
Brenda Levy Tate lives in southwestern Nova Scotia on the banks of the Tusket River, with three cats and a dog – all adopted from shelters. Every morning she walks her camera through her gardens to the shore, hoping to capture both the familiar and the unexpected – an eagle drowning a loon, a fern spangled with dew, two fishermen drifting on the current. As a poet, she tries to do likewise, turning from visual images to verbal translation of her own perceptions. She has published three collections, the latest being Wingflash from Pink Petticoat Press (2011) and is working on a fourth that combines both poetry and photography. Her work has frequently appeared among the winners of IBPC poetry competitions and she was named by IBPC as one of its top ten poets of the decade ending in 2010. Brenda has also received several Pushcart nominations. This is her third go-round as judge of the PSH contest..

Buxton Wells (Memphis, Tennessee)
Buxton Wells lives in Memphis, TN. He has published online with Umbrella, Poetry Super Highway, carte blanche and others.


Contest Calendar

  • July 12: Contest begins
  • July 16 – 22: Judges featured as Poets of the Week
  • July 22, 2:00 pm (pacific): PSH Live Judges Event: Live broadcast where Judges will have the chance to read poems and discuss the contest and you can call in live and ask them questions. Click here for more info.
  • September 29: Final deadline for contest entries. (Entry fees must be received by PayPal or postmarked by September 29 or they’ll be returned.)
  • October 6: Judges deadline for returning scored poems.
  • October 11: Second round scoring deadline (in the event of tied scores.)
  • October 14: 2pm (pacific) PSH Live Event: “Winners Announced” in a special broadcast. Listen to it live and if any of the winners happen to be listening, they’ll be invited to call in and read their winning entries live on the air..
  • October 15 – 21: Contest Winners featured as Poets of the Week.