2015 Poetry Contest

Contest Sponsors:

Alan Britt • Altaire Productions & Publications • Bisma Upreti • Bill Yarrow • BookArtCorner.com • Cherry Publications • Cindy Rinne • Clint Hirschfeld • Corey Mesler • Creative Writing Services • Crisis Chronicles Press • Cross-Cultural Communications • Curtis R. Smith • David Flynn • Douglas Richardson • Ellaraine Lockie • Frank Mundo • Hanoch Guy • Ink Publications • International Word Bank  • Jean Colonomos • Judith R. Robinson • Leilani Squire • LONE STARS Magazine • Magdalena Ball • Mary Harrison • Mary Kennedy Eastham • Mary Langer Thompson • Matthew Abuelo • Muddy River Poetry Review & Muddy River Books • Nancy Scott • Neil Leadbetter • NightWing Publications • Peggy Dobreer • Perie Longo • Ralph Monday • Returning Soldiers Speak • Richard Lynch • Rick Lupert • Rock Canyon Poets • Ron Kolm • Rolland Vasin • Ruth Hill • Science Fiction Poetry Association • SecretaryBird • Stacy Savage • Sybaritic Press • The New Short Fiction Series • The Ontario Poetry Society • The Poetry Market Ezine • U.S.1 Worksheets • Valeri Beers • Voices Israel • Winning Writers

Entry Guidelines | Prizes | Meet Your Judges | Contest Calendar


Winners and What They Won

First Place:
M. Brett Gaffney
$447.50


Second Place:
Trish Hopkinson
$268.50


Third Place:
Helen Townsend
$179.00

We received 645 entries into the contest. The $645 (one dollar per poem entry fee) was added to the additional $250 donated to the prize pot by contest sponsor Rolland Vasin. This total ($895) 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

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.

In addition, thanks to sponsor Rolland Vasin, an additional $250 will be added to the entry fees collected and divided with the above percentages among the top three scoring poets.

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:

Alan Britt
2 copies of the book “Lost Among the Hours” by Alan Britt

Altaire Productions & Publications
http://www.altaireproductions.com/
3 copies of the book “The Antigone Poems” poetry and art by Marie Slaight and Terrence Tasker

Bhisma Upreti
2 copies of the book “Kathmandu Kaleidoscope: Kathmandu and beyond…” by Bhisma Upreti

Bill Yarrow
http://billyarrow.wordpress.com/
2 signed copies of the book “Blasphemer” by Bill Yarrow

BookArtCorner.com
http://www.bookartcorner.com/
2 copies of the book “Songs From A San Diego Morning” by C. A. Lindsay
2 copies of the book “Angels Of My Life” by C. A. Lindsay

Cherry Publications
http://cherrypublications.com/
1 copy of the book “History, Poems Written in Chicago 1988-1993” by Jeffrey Spahr-Summers.
1 copy of the book “The Cherry Poems” by Jeffrey Spahr-Summers.
4 copies of the book “Non-Practicing Virgin” by Marissa Lehto.

Cindy Rinne
http://www.fiberverse.com/
1 copy of the book “Speaking Through Sediment” by Cindy Rinne and Michael Cooper
1 copy of the chapbook “Spider with Wings” by Cindy Rinne

Clint Hirschfield
1 copy of the Pendle War Poetry Competition Selected Poems 2014

Corey Meler
1 signed copy of the book “Opaque Melodies that Would Bug Most People” by Corey Mesler

Creative Writing Services
http://home.earthlink.net/~nshiffrin
2 copies of the book “What she could not name” by Nancy Shiffrin
2 signed and inscribed copies of the book “The Vast Unknowing: poems of the Creative Life” by Nancy Shiffrin

Crisis Chronicles Press
http://www.crisischronicles.com/
1 copy of the book “Songs in the Key of Cleveland: An Anthology of the 2013 Best Cleveland Poem Competition”
1 copy of the book “Electric Company” by John Burroughs
1 copy of the book “Burnin’ Shadows” by Kevin Eberhardt
1 copy of “Matilda’s Battle Waltz” by Tracie Morell

Cross-Cultural Communications
http://www.cross-culturalcommunications.com/
1 copy of the book “ABC of Fruits and Vegetables” poetry by Stanley H. Barkan, and art by Mia Barkan Clarke
1 copy of the book “ABC Bestiary, endless-line drawings” art by Alfred Van Loen,with poems by various poets

Curtis R. Smith
http://www.facebook.com/ipoeticconfessions
2 copies of the book “I, Poetic Confessions, II” by Curtis R. Smith

David Flynn
http://www.davidflynnbooks.com/
2 copies of the book “Selected Poems” by David Flynn
2 copies of the book “More Selected Poems” by David Flynn

Douglas Richardson
2 copies of the book “The Book of Good Dreams” by Douglas Richardson.

Ellaraine Lockie
1 copy of the book, “Where the Meadowlark Sings,” by Ellaraine Lockie

Frank Mundo
http://www.amazon.com/Frank-Mundo/e/B004KUAB1Y
1 copy of the book “The Brubury Tales (Illustrated Edition)” by Frank Mundo.
1 copy of the book “Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories” by Frank Mundo.
1 copy of the book “Different” by Frank Mundo.

Hanoch Guy
http://www.hanochguy-kaner.com/
1 copy of the book “Sirocco and Scorpions: Poems of Israel and Palestine” by Hanoch Guy-Kaner

Ink Publications
http://www.inkpublications.com/
1 copy of the book “Juggling Fire, Blindfolded” by Eric Evans

International Word Bank
http://internationalwordbank.com/
1 fifteen dollar gift certificate to Internationalwordbank store
1 copy of the book “Strange Summer” by Chris Vannpy
1 copy of the book “Punk Rock Breakfast” by David McIntyre

Jean Colonomos
http://jeancolonomos.weebly.com/
1 copy of the book “Art Farm” by Jean Colonomos
1 copy of the book “Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman” by Rick Lupert

Judith R. Robinson
http://judithrrobinson.com/
2 copies of the book “When I Loved You” by Judith R. Robinson

Leilani Squire
http://leilanisquire.com/
4 Creativity Coaching sessions, by phone or Skype
4 Creativity Coaching sessions, by phone or Skype

LONE STARS Magazine
1 copy of LONE STARS Poetry Magazine

Magdalena Ball
http://www.compulsivereader.com/
1 copy of the book “Sublime Planet” by Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Mary Harrison
https://maryb07.wordpress.com/
2 copies of the book “That’s How I Roll” by Mary B Harrison
2 copies of the book “Beneath Our Feet” by Mary B Harrison

Mary Kennedy Eastham
http://www.rp-author.com/MKE
1 copy of the book “The Shadow of A Dog I Can’t Forget” by Mary Kennedy Eastham
1 copy of the book “Squinting Over Water” by Mary Kennedy Eastham

Mary Langer Thompson
http://home.earthlink.net/~ml_thompson/
1 copy of the book “Poems in Water” by Mary Langer Thompson

Matthew Abuelo
http://joerussia3.wix.com/thenewsfactory
2 copies of the book “The News Factory” by Matthew Abuelo

Muddy River Poetry Review & Muddy River Books
http://www.muddyriverpoetryreview.com/
1 copy of the book “Across Stones Of Bad Dreams” by Zvi A. Sesling

Nancy Scott
http://www.nancyscott.net/
1 copy of the book “The Owl Prince” by Nancy Scott

Neil Leadbeater
4 copies of the book “Librettos for the Black Madonna” (Neil Leadbeater)

NightWing Publications
http://www.nightwingpublications.com/
1 copy of the book “Dancing On Broken Glass” by Barbara H. Moore
1 copy of the anthology, “…and it happened under cover” from NightWing Publications, 2014

Peggy Dobreer
http://www.peggydobreer.com/
2 copies of the book “Ekphrastic Gone Wild” edited by Rick Lupert
1 pack of 6 small poetry broadsides by Peggy Dobreer

Perie Longo
http://www.perielongo.com/
2 copies of Baggage Claim by Perie Longo

Ralph Monday
1 copy of “The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Beginnings to 1820, 8th ed. Vol. A” edited by Nina Baym
1 copy of “The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 1820-1865, 8th ed.” Vol B edited by Nina Baym

Returning Soldiers Speak
http://www.returningsoldiersspeak.org/
2 copies of the book, Returning Soldiers Speak: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose by Soldiers and Veterans, edited by Leilani Squire

Richard Lynch
A professional reading of your manuscript in the form of a three page critique from “The Book Doc.” Richard Lynch

Rick Lupert
http://www.poetrysuperhighway.com/
1 copy of the book “Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman” by Rick Lupert

Rock Canyon Poets
http://rockcanyonpoets.com/
2 copies of the Rock Canyon Poet’s poetry anthology “Orogeny”

Ron Kolm
2 copies of the book “Duke & Jill” by Ron Kolm

Rolland Vasin
$250 added to the cash prize divided among the top 3 scoring poets

Ruth Hill
1 copy of “Little Red Tree 2010 Prize Anthology” edited by Michael Linnard.
1 home-printed color photo nature poetry chapbook.

Science Fiction Poetry Association
http://sfpoetry.com/
2 one-year .pdf subscriptions to Star*Line, the quarterly journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association

SecretaryBird
http://www.secretarybird.info/
1 copy of the book “Chiromancy” by Jay Arr
1 copy of the “Cities of the mind” by Jay Arr

Stacy Savage
http://www.facebook.com/poetrycontestsforacause
1 copy of the chapbook “Leaves of Poetry: A Book of Tree Poems”, selected and edited by Stacy Smith & Tracy Patrick

Sybaritic Press
http://www.sybpress.com/
5 copies of the book “Rubicon: An Anthology of Words and Art Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis” edited by Marie Lecrivain

The New Short Fiction Series
http://www.newshortfictionseries.com/
2 tickets to any 2015 performance of The New Short Fiction Series, L.A.’s longest running spoken word performance series, at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood. Tickets include parking for one car. Prize does not include drinks or meal at The Federal Bar. Reservation must be made one week in advance of attending the event.

The Ontario Poetry Society
http://theontariopoetrysociety.ca/
1 copy of the book “A Centre IN Which They Breed” by Benjamin Sheedy
1 copy of the book “filming fireflies” by Vanna Tessier

The Poetry Market Ezine
http://www.thepoetrymarket.com/
1 .pdf copy of the book “The Poet’s Survival Guide 1: How to Write and Make $ with Your Poetry”

U.S.1 Worksheets
http://www.us1poets.com/
2 copies of the “U.S.1 Worksheets, 2015” Poetry Anthology

Valeri Beers
https://wordsoftheval2000.wordpress.com/
2 copies of the poetry book “…details…” by Valeri Beers
1 copy of the anthology “Literature Today”

Voices Israel
1 copy of the book “A Second Decade of Poems from Voices Israel” 2000-2009″ published by Voices Israel

Winning Writers
http://www.winningwriters.com/
2 copies of the book “Bullies in Love” by Jendi Reiter


Meet Your Judges

Amber Decker (Hedgesville, West Virginia)
Amber Decker is a thirty-something poet from West Virginia. Her work has been included in the groundbreaking literary e-zine, Exquisite Corpse, as well as other hip venues for alternative writing: Zygote In My Coffee, Phantom Kangaroo, Bone Orchard, Specter, Red Fez, and Black Heart Magazine, to name just a few. She is a lover of horses, hooded sweatshirts, comic books, werewolf movies, good wine, tattoos, and rock and roll. Her latest collection of poems, The Girl Who Left You, is available from California’s notorious Six Ft. Swells Press.

Lisette Alonso (Hialeah, Florida)
Lisette Alonso is a south Florida native, she loves the warm Atlantic waters but hates the miles of paved highway she has to travel just to dip her feet in the surf. When she’s not writing poetry, she’s raising children and catching up on two decades worth of missed sleep. On a good day she can do all three with her eyes closed.

Richard Widerkehr (Bellingham, Washington)
Richard Widerkehr won two Hopwood first prizes for poetry at the University of Michigan.  Two book-length collections of his poems were published in 2011:  The Way Home (Plain View Press) and Her Story of Fire (Egress Studio Press).  Tarragon Books published his novel, Sedimental Journey, about a geologist.  Recent work has appeared in Rattle, Floating Bridge Review, Northwind Anthology, Poetry Super Highway, and Crack The Spine.  Poems are forthcoming in Nomad’s Choir, Clay Bird Review, Soundings, Cirque, Penumbra, and Clover, A Literary Rag. He’s worked as teacher and as a case manager with the mentally ill.


Contest Calendar

  • July 15: Contest begins
  • July 20 – 26: Judges featured as Poets of the Week
  • July 26, 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.
  • October 3: Final deadline for contest entries. (Entry fees must be received by PayPal or postmarked by October 3 or they’ll be returned.)
  • October 9: Judges deadline for returning scored poems.
  • October 16: Second round scoring deadline (in the event of tied scores.)
  • October 18: 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 19 – 25: Contest Winners featured as Poets of the Week.