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  • 2015 ASPS Poet of the Year
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  • 2014 ASPS Fall Contest winners

    Contest 1: The Alabama State Poetry Society 2014 Fall Contest (Sponsored by the ASPS) Any Theme, Any form, 60 line limit, 1st prize $75, 2nd prize $50, 3rd Prize $25, 4th Prize $10, 3 Honorable Mentions (103 entries)

    1st Place "Feel of Sorrow" by Taney A Brazeel of Fairhope, Alabama
    2nd Place "Jew as Noun" by Ellaraine Lockie of Sunnyvale, California
    3rd Place "Stoneware Mug" by Barbara Blanks of Garland , Texas
    4th Place "Silk Ribbon Roses" Gail Gehlken of Irvington, Alabama
    1st Honorable Mention "Burying my Father" by Jeanette Willert of Pell City, Alabama
    2nd Honorable Mention "Allegheny County ,1888: Ava Remembers Her Canaries" by Emily Rose Cole of Carbondale, Il
    3rd Honorable Mention "Uninvited Guests" by Margaret J Vann of Huntsville, Alabama
    4th Honorable Mention "Remembering Hiroshima" by Steven A Gillis of Orange Beach, Alabama

    Contest 2: The Helen Norris Memorial Contest A Eulogy Written in honor of Helen Norris Sponsored by Debbie Parvin Poems should be an eulogy about Helen or should be a poem on any subject in which a line or a phrase from one of Helen's poems is used either in the body or as an epigraph 1st prize $100( 5 entries)

    1st Place "I Celebrate People Past Their Prime" by Faye Gaston of Union Springs, Alabama
    1st Honorable Mention "Burn Beautiful"Jerri Hardesty of Brierfield, Alabama 2nd Honorable Mention "It Takes One" by Kathy Larson of Salt Lake City, Utah

    Contest 3: The Yellow Brick Road Award Sponsored by Susan Luther Write a dramatic monologue in the voice of a character from"The Wizard of Oz" ( except Dorothy), tell the rest of the story, ,i.e., what your life has been like after knowing Dorothy or after Oz. Line Limit 50 lines blank verse (unrhymed iambic pentameter) or free verse{ seeRobert Brownings for classic examples: "My Last Duchess",or "The Bishop" 1st prize $ 50, 2nd prize $ 30, 3rd Prize $ 20 , one Honorable Mention Must be ASPS member to win ( 5 entries)

    1st Place "The Wiz Back in Kansas" by Joanne Ramey Cage of Leeds, Alabama
    2nd Place "The Scarecrow Uses His Brain" by Faye Gaston of Union Springs, Alabama
    3rd Place "Yellow Brick Road-(50 Years Later)" by Bev Gattis of Odenville, Alabama
    Honorable Mention "Guardian of Nothing Now" by Barbara Blanks of Garland Texas


    Contest 4:  The Cinderella Great Pumpkin Award Sponsored by Susan Luther Ever Taken a ride in a fairy coach and it turned into a pumpkin, metaphorically speaking i.e. a dream job, love affair 401- k etc., And was this necessarily a bad thing? Write it in 40 lines or less Must be a resident of Alabama to enter( 4 entries)  4 Prizes but the judge chose only two:

    "New Beginnings" by Rita Aiken Moritz of Pell City, Alabama
    "At Ninety I Write to my Fairy Godmother" by Bettye Connazzio of Hartselle Alabama  

      Contest 5: The Dylan Thomas Award in honor of Dylan Thomas who died too young Sponsored by Writers Anonymous form Villanelle topic: seasons of life or life changes 1st Prize $50, 2nd Prize $25, 3rd prize $15 (15 entries)

    1st Place " Living On the Edge" by Jerri Hardesty of Brierfield, Alabama
    2nd Place" Moving Forward" by Barbara Blanks of Garland, Texas
    3rd Place "Peace " by Margaret Rush of Pell City, Alabama
    Honorable Mention "The Journey" by Faye Hall of Talledega, Alabama  

    Contest 6:  My Pet Speaks to Me  sponsored by Jodi Adamson Write a Poem about what your pet would tell you if he/she could talk 1st place $30, 2nd Place $20, 3rd Place $10 (17 entries)

    1st Place "A Dog's Lament" by Barbara Wiedermann of Montgomery, Alabama
    2nd Place "A Dog Says Goodbye" by Faye Gaston of Union Springs, Alabama
    3rd Place "Airedale Memories" by Bettye Connizio of Hartselle, Alabama    

    Contest 7:  The Lula Mae Award sponsored by Taney Brazeal  any subjest, free verse, line limit 30 1st place $30, 2nd Place $20, 3rd Place $10 (48 entries)

    1st Place "A Place To Hide" by Catherine Moran of Little Rock, Arkansas 2nd Place " Dragonslayer" by Glynn Gattis of Odenville Alabama 3rd Place "Friday Night Pint" by Jeanette Willert of Pell City, Alabama


    Contest 8:   Call and Response Sponsored by PT Paul What brings the poem out in you? 14 lines to one page 1st prize $25, 2nd Prize $15,3rd prize $10 Honorable mention at Judges discretion., (29 entries)

    1st Place "Haven" by Hannah Bray of Birmingham, Alabama
    2nd Place "I followed the Path"- A Tribute to Robert Frost by Kathy Larson of Salt Lake City, Utah
    3rd Place "Snow Angels" Cona F Adams of De Soto ,Missouri
    1st Honorable Mention "I Am a Daughter of the Midwest" by Roseanne Gulisano of Fairhope, Alabama
    2nd Honorable Mention "Mulberry Tree in Autumn" Betty Spence of Mobile Alabama
    3rd Honorable Mention "She Calls" by Jerri Hardesty of Brierfield, Alabama    

    Contest 9:  The David Kato Prize  in Honor of Murdered Ugandan Gay Rights Activist, David Kato(1966-2011) Sponsored  by Jendi Reiter Any Subject or form Human rights of gay lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people no lime limit 1st prize $50, 2nd prize $30, 3rd prize $20, honorable mentions at the judges discretion (6 entries)

    1st Place "I Want to be a Dragqueen Diva"  by Steven A Gillis Orange Beach, Alabama
    2nd Place " Forgive Us Our Tresspasses by Emily Rose Cole of Carbondale, Illinois
    3rd Place " Eulogy For Her" by Linda Baldanzi of Fort Lee, New Jersey  

    Contest 10:   The Lyric Award  Sponsored by Emily Grimes-Henderson  Write a poem about the interaction of electronic and nature ,how they relate, conflict or compliment. Any form line limit 60 1st prize  $25, 2nd prize $15, 3rd Prize 10 ( 6 entries)

    1st Place" Computerized Vehicles Versus Natures Creatures" by Dalene Stull of Danville, Ohio
    2nd Place "Cutting Edge Research" by Barbara Wiedermann of Montgomery, Alabama
    3rd Place "Second Tear" by Steven Gillis Of Orange Beach, Alabama    

    Contest 11:  A Quatrain Contest Sponsored by Jean Purcell Any Rhyme Scheme with at least 2 lines rhyming: example: Rubaiyat aaba, Length 4 or 8 line Stanzas 1 st Place $20 2nd place $20, 3rd Place $20 3 Honorable Mentions as Merited (15 entries)

    1st Place Confessions of a Homebody" by Dalene Stull of Danville, Ohio 2nd Place "Small" by Jerri Hardesty of Brierfield,  Alabama
    3rd Place "The Country Store" by Cleveland Brown of Evergreen, Alabama


    As always, I apologize for any mistakes. Thanks. Also the format. Thanks to all our contestants, aand check back soon for Spring:)



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