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  • 2015 ASPS Fall Contest Winners-Congrats to all our winners and all who part

    ALABAMA STATE POETRY SOCIETY 2015 FALL CONTESTS
    WINNERS' LIST
    1. ALABAMA STATE POETRY SOCIETY FALL CONTEST (Sponsored by ASPS) 62 entries
    *THIS CATEGORY IS OPEN TO PAID MEMBERS ONLY
    Any form, Any subject, Line limit 60
    1st Place Rita Aiken Moritz "Who's That Knocking On My Door?"
    Pell City, AL
    2nd Place Janet Anderson "The First and The Last"
    Huntsville, AL
    3rd Place Jeanette Willert "The Life Lie"
    Pell City, AL
    4th Place Randy C. Hale " Nothing Stored"
    Oneonta, AL
    1st HM Faye Adams "The Persistence of Wind"
    DeSoto, MO
    2nd HM Catherine Moran "Designs and destinations"
    Little Rock, AR
    3rd HM Gail Gehlken "Ella Mae's House"
    Irvington, AL

    2. THE "AWKWARD MOMENT" AWARD (Sponsored by Myra Ward)
    13 entries
    *MUST BE A MEMBER OF ASPS TO ENTER
    Any form, Subject: Write a poem describing an awkward moment. Line limit 16.

    1st Place Jeanette Willert "At the Daniel Boone Hotel"
    Pell City, AL
    2nd Place Mike Wahl "The Fly"
    Athens, AL
    3rd Place Janet Anderson "Diving Into the Unknown"
    Huntsville, AL
    1st HM Faye Gaston "That Awful Awkward Moment"
    Union Springs, AL

    3. THE DAVID KATO PRIZE, in honor of murdered Ugandan gay activist David Kato (1964-2011).
    (Sponsored by Jendi Reiter) 3 entries
    *WINNING POEMS WILL BE PUBLISHED ONLINE WITH AUTHORS' PERMISSION.
    Any form, Subject: Human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people.
    No line limit.

    1st Place Jerri Hardesty "Human"
    Brierfield, AL
    2nd Place Barbara Blanks "Transfiguration"
    Garland, TX
    3rd Place Joanne Ramey Cage "Wayne and Walt: A Parting"
    Leeds, AL

    4. THE "FAILING PUBLICLY" AWARD (Sponsored by Susan Luther) 6 entries
    *MUST BE A RESIDENT OF ALABAMA AND A MEMBER OF ASPS TO ENTER.
    Any form, Subject: Have you ever failed, spectacularly or otherwise, in a public setting? Forgotten your lines in a play, perhaps? Or begun your piece for a piano recital and couldn't get past the first bar? Told a joke and no one laughed? Write about your most embarassing public failure, and how it opened up new possibilities for you.

    1st Place Bev Gattis "Failing Publicly"
    Odenville, AL
    2nd Place Rita Aiken Moritz "Boy, did I blow that!"
    Pell City, AL
    3rd Place Myra Ward Barra "The Basketball Game"
    Pell City, AL
    1st HM Jerri Hardesty "Misunderstanding"
    Brierfield, AL
    2nd HM Faye Gaston "The Ghost of Embarrassment"
    Untion Springs, AL
    3rd HM Taney A. Brazeal "Politics"
    Fairhope, AL

    5. THE "I'M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN" AWARD (Sponsored by Mavis M. Jarrell) 24 entries
    Any form, except prose poetry, Subject: The joys of American freedom, and/or the costs for our freedom. No line limit.

    1st Place Rita Aiken Moritz "America's Still Beautiful to Me"
    Pell City, AL
    2nd Place Margaret Rush "The Knock On The Door"
    Pell City, AL
    3rd Place Janet Anderson "Nine Eleven World View"
    Huntsville, AL
    1st HM Catherine Moran "That right word"
    Little Rock, AR
    2nd HM Faye Adams "A Soldier Returns"
    DeSoto, MO
    3rd HM Barbara Blanks "Cheers to America!"
    Garland, TX

    6. THE "CELEBRATE e. e. cummings" AWARD (Sponsored by Jeanette Willert) 23 entries
    Form: Free Verse, Any subject, Line limit 4-40 lines.

    1st Place Catherine Moran "in the aura of you"
    Little Rock, AR
    2nd Place Barbara Blanks "cat egoric"
    Garland, TX
    3rd Place Janet Anderson "churning the fragments"
    Huntsville, AL
    1st HM Joanne Ramey Cage "Amadeus"
    Leeds, AL
    2nd HM Sylvia Williams Dodgen "I Will Wait"
    Orange Beach, AL
    3rd HM Myra Ward Barra "Hurricane"
    Pell City, AL
    4th HM Gail Denham "take this path, friend"
    Sunriver, OR
    5th HM Gail Gehlken "As I grow older"
    Irvington, AL

    7. THE “I CAN DO THIS" AWARD (Sponsored by Precious Prodigal and Harry & Rita Moritz) *MUST BE A RESIDENT OF ALABAMA AND A MEMBER OF ASPS TO ENTER. 11 entries
    Form: Poet’s Choice, Subject: Have you faced a challenge and overcome it or tried again after failure and succeeded? Take your best moment, combine it with your best words and write a poem about it. Line limit: 40

    1st Place Bev Gattis "Cope, Or Conquer"
    Odenville, AL
    2nd Place Jerri Hardesty "Ceramics Class"
    Brierfield, AL
    3rd Place Mike Wahl "Of Silver Spoons and Bravado"
    Athens, AL
    1st HM Janet Anderson "The First Day of School"
    Huntsville, AL

    8. THE "CHARACTER BUILDING" AWARD (Sponsored by Jodi Adamson) 9 entries *MUST BE A PRESENT TO WIN.
    Any form, Subject: In the spirit of Halloween and storytelling, build a character based on
    something you own, and write a poem about this person. Remember to include the object you chose. Be prepared, if you win, you will need to become your character. Costumes and props are encouraged. Line limit 40.

    1st Place Joanne Ramey Cage "Ghost Who Walks"
    Leeds, AL
    2nd Place Vincent J. Tomeo "Shoeshine Boy 1960"
    Flushing, NY
    3rd Place Rita Aiken Moritz "Al the Gator"
    Pell City, AL




    9 THE "OWED TO A POET" CONTEST (Pun Intended) (Sponsored by P.T. Paul) 18 entries
    Any form, Subject: What poem/poet sparked the poet in you? Write an apostrophe -- a poem addressing the poet who inspired you -- telling them how their poem affected you the first time you read it, what kind of poet you've become because of it, and how that poem still inspires you. Poem MUST include two lines -- and only two lines -- from that seminal poem, but those two lines may be repeated. Line limit, at least 14, but no more than 40.

    1st Place Barbara Blanks "Ogden Nash -- Nashurally!"
    Garland, TX
    2nd Place Sylvia Williams Dodgen "Elysian Fields"
    Orange Beach, AL
    3rd Place Gail Denham "Tied to the Past"
    Sunriver, OR
    1st HM Rita Aiken Moritz "Owed" to Emily Dickinson"
    Pell City, AL
    2nd HM Dalene Stull "To Edna Saint Vincent Millay"
    Danville, OH
    3rd HM Henry M. Spottswood "An Unfaltering Trust"
    Cincinnati, OH

    10. THE "ITALIAN SONNET" AWARD (Sponsored by Writers' Anonymous)
    3 entries *MUST BE A RESIDENT OF ALABAMA AND A MEMBER OF ASPS TO ENTER. Form: Italian Sonnet (must follow sonnet form, use iambic pentameter, and employ traditional Petrarchan Sonnet rhyme scheme.) Subject: Poet's Choice, Line limit: 14.
    1st Place Jerri Hardesty "Beyond the Physical"
    Brierfield, AL
    The judge awarded no other prizes in this category, as the other entries did not adhere to the Italian Sonnet form.



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