Ain’t Got No Press • Angele Ellis • Ann Christine Tabaka • Clint Hirschfield • Corey Mesler • Curtis R. Smith • D.L. Lang • David C. Kopaska-Merkel • David Flynn • Ed Werstein • Elizabeth Marchitti • Ellaraine Lockie • Ellen Sander • Emily Vieweg • Forage Poetry Forum • Frank Mundo • Hanoch Guy • Hiram Larew • J. L Smith • James Croal Jackson • Judith R. Robinson • Karawane, or the Temporary Death of the Bruitist • Ken Allan Dronsfield • Larry O. Bubar • “Laughing” Larry Berger • LB Sedlacek • Leilani Squire • Lone Stars Poetry Magazine • Luanne Castle • Magalena Ball • Marianne Szlyk • Marie C Lecrivain • Marsha Carow Markman • Mary Eastham • Mary Langer Thompson • Matthew Abuelo • Michael Lee Johnson • Muddy River Poetry Review & Muddy River Books • Neil Leadbeater • Neil Meili • Poetry Contests for a Cause • Poets & Allies for Resistance • Poets Wear Prada • Rattle • Rick Lupert • Rolland Vasin • Ron Kolm • Ruth Hill • San Diego Poetry Annual • Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association • Steve Braff • Trish Lindsey Jaggers • Unlikely Books • Unlikely Books • Vincent O’Connor • Voices Israel • Winning Writers • WoollyDoc
Winners and What They Won
We received 849 entries into the contest. The $849 (one dollar per poem entry fee) was added to the additional $250 donated to the prize pot by contest sponsor Rolland Vasin, plus an additional $32 donated by a few other sponsors. This total ($1131) 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!
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, Hiram Larew, and Abigail Chew, an additional $282 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.
Ain’t Got No Press
50 copies of the e-book (pdf) version of “Mowing Fargo” by Rick Lupert
1 Three-Book Set which includes 1 copy of “Arab on Radar” by Angele Ellis, 1 copy of the book “Spared” by Angele Ellis, and 1 copy of the book “Under the Kaufmann’s Clock” by Angele Ellis
Ann Christine Tabaka
2 copies of the book “It Is Still Morning” by Ann Christine Tabaka
1 copy of the anthology “2014 Pendle War Poetry Competition Selected Poems”
1 copy of the anthology “2015 Pendle War Poetry Competition Selected Poems”
1 signed copy of the book “Opaque Melodies that Would Bug Most People” by Corey Mesler
Curtis R. Smith
1 copy of the book, “I, Poetic Confessions, II” by Curtis R. Smith
3 digital copies of the spoken word album “Happy Accidents” by D.L. Lang
David C. Kopaska-Merkel
2 one-year (3 issue) digital (PDF) subscriptions to Dreams and Nightmares magazine
3 copies of the poetry e-book (pdf) “Metastable Systems” by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
2 copies of the book “Selected Poems” by David Flynn
1 copy of the book “Who Are We Then?” by Ed Werstein
1 copy of the book “Masquerades and Misdemeanors” by The Hartford Avenue Poets
1 copy of the “2018 Wisconsin Poets Calendar”
1 copy of the book “Growing Old Disgracefully” by Elizabeth Marchitti
1 copy of the book “Tripping with the Top Down” by Ellaraine Lockie
1 copy of the book “Hawthorne, a House in Bolinas” by Ellen Sander
1 copy of the chapbook “Conversations with Beethoven and Bach” by Emily Vieweg
1 copy of the chapbook “Look Where She Points” by Emily Vieweg
Forage Poetry Forum
1 copy of the book “Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry” selected by William Sieghart.
1 set of “Phoenix Classic Poetry: 10 book Box Set “Phoenix Poetry: Classic Poetry – a 10-book collection including Blake, Poe, Shakespeare & Yeats”
1 copy of the book “The Brubury Tales (Illustrated Edition)” by Frank Mundo
1 copy of the book “Different” by Frank Mundo
1 copy of the book “Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories” by Frank Mundo
1 copy of the chapbook “Touched by an Anglo” by Frank Mundo
1 copy of the book “We Pass Each Other on the Stairs:120 Real and Imaginary Encounters” by Hanoch Guy
$25 added to the prize pot
J. L. Smith
1 signed copy of the book “Medusa – The Lost Daughter” by J. L. Smith
James Croal Jackson
1 copy of the book “The Frayed Edge of Memory'” by James Croal Jackson
Judith R. Robinson
2 copies of the book “Carousel” by Judith R. Robinson
1 Poetry Review in the “Good Poems” blog at thejewishchronicle.net
Karawane, or the Temporary Death of the Bruitist
3 copies of the magazine “Karawane, or the Temporary Death of the Bruitist” with assorted postcards designed by Fluffy Singler
Ken Allan Dronsfield
2 copies of the book “The Cellaring” by Ken Allan Dronsfield
Larry O. Bubar
2 copies of the anthology “Breathe vol.1” by the Breathe Writers Group
“Laughing” Larry Berger
1 copy of the book “Instant Poetry (Just add words!)” by Lawrence Berger
1 copy of the chapbook “Mars or Bust” by LB Sedlacek
4 1/2 hour creativity coaching sessions
Lone Stars Poetry Magazine
1 Issue of Lone Stars Poetry Magazine
2 copies of the book “Doll God” by Luanne Castle
1 autographed copy of the book “Unmaking Atoms” by Magdalena Ball
3 copies of the book “I Dream of Empathy” by Marianne Szlyk
2 copies of the The Blue Hour’s Third Anthology
1 copy of “Literature Today”
Marie C Lecrivain
1 copy of the book “Philemon’s Gambit” by Marie C Lecrivain
Marsha Carow Markman
2 copies of the anthology “If We Dance . . . A Collection of Poems” edited by Joan Wines
5 sets of the books “The Shadow of a Dog I can’t Forget” and “Squinting Over Water” by Mary Kennedy Eastham
Mary Langer Thompson
1 signed copy of the book “Poems in Water” by Mary Langer Thompson
2 copies of the book “The News Factory” by Matthew Abuelo
Michael Lee Johnson
2 copies of the book “Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze” by Michael Lee Johnson
Muddy River Poetry Review & Muddy River Books
1 copy of the book “Love Poems From Hell” by Zvi A. Sesling
2 copies of the book “Finding the River Horse” by Neil Leadbeater
3 copies of the booklet “Signs of the Times” by Burgh Poets
2 copies of the book “Missing Leonard Cohen” by Neil Meili
Poetry Contests for a Cause
1 copy of the anthology “Paw Prints in Verse: Poems about Pets” edited by Stacy Savage
Poets & Allies for Resistance
1 copy of the book “The Bottle & The Boot” by J.L Martindale & Daniel McGinn
1 copy of the book “Deed” by Rod Smith
1 copy of the book “Rise of the Trust Fall” by Mindy Nettifee
1 copy of the book “Open 24 Hours” by Suzanne Lummis
Poets Wear Prada
1 $15 Gift Certificate for poetry editing services (worth 5 pages) from Poets Wear prada
2 one-year (4-issue) subscriptions to Rattle magazine
1 copy of the book “Donut Famine” by Rick Lupert
1 copy of the book “Romancing the Blarney Stone” by Rick Lupert
1 copy of the book “Professor Clown on Parade” by Rick Lupert”
$250 added to the prize pot divided by the 3 winning poets
2 copies of the book “A Change in the Weather, poems” by Ron Kolm
1 pack of 3 recent poetry journals
San Diego Poetry Annual
1 copy of the San Diego Poetry Annual 2016-17
Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association
2 .pdf subscriptions to “Star*Line”, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association Journal
1 signed copy of “Forty Days” by Steve Braff- a chapbook of Ekphrastic poetry inspired by the included color photographs of Joshua Tree National Park .
Trish Lindsey Jaggers
1 signed copy of the book “Holonym: a collection of poems” by Trish Lindsey Jaggers
2 copies of the book “Ghazals 1-59 and Other Poems” by Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt
2 copies of the book “Scorpions” by Joel Chace
2 copies of the book “brain : storm” by Michelle Greenblatt (2nd edition)
2 copies of the book “Soy solo palabras but wish to be a city” by León De la Rosa & Gui.ra.ga7 (2nd edition)
2 copies of the book “My Hands Were Clean” by Tom Bradley (2nd Edition)”
1 copy of the book “Mouthful of Forevers” by Clementine Von Radics
1 copy of the book “Thirty-Three Minnesota Poets” edited by Monica and Emilio DeGrazia”
2 copies of the anthology “A Second Decade of Poems from Voices Israel”
2 free entries to the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest (value $12 each)
1 purple velvet covered WoollyDoc pocket journal
1 spotted velboa covered WoollyDoc pocket journal
1 canvas covered WoollyDoc pocket journal
Meet Your Judges
Ben Britton (Exeter, United Kingdom)
Ben Britton is a poet and short fiction writer currently living in Exeter, in the UK. He was brought up in London, and would like to think that as a youth he roamed through the disquiet of the city at ease. But instead he was brought up in suburbia (and not the gothic kind either). He alternates his time between writing, sleeping, and attempting to study literature and film at uni.
J.P. Grasser (Salt Lake City, Utah)
A 2017-2019 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, J.P. Grasser attended Sewanee: The University of the South and received his M.F.A. in poetry from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He is currently a doctoral student in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Utah, where he teaches undergraduate writing and serves as Managing Editor for Quarterly West. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in AGNI, Best New Poets 2015 (selected by Tracy K. Smith), The Cincinnati Review, Meridian, The New Criterion, Ninth Letter Online, and West Branch Wired, among others.
Jo Angela Edwins (Florence, South Carolina)
Jo Angela Edwins teaches creative writing, American literature, and composition at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. She has published poems in a variety of venues including Calyx, Sojourn, New South, and Adanna. She is the 2014 recipient of the Carrie McCray Nickens Fellowship Poetry Prize from the South Carolina Academy of Authors. Her chapbook, Play, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2016.
- July 5: Contest begins
- July 10 – 16: Judges featured as Poets of the Week
- July 23, 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 and to tune in.
- September 23: Final deadline for contest entries. (Entry fees must be received by PayPal or postmarked by September 23 or they’ll be returned.)
- September 29: Judges deadline for returning scored poems.
- October 6 Second round scoring deadline (in the event of tied scores.)
- October 8: 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 9 – 15: Contest Winners featured as Poets of the Week.