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  • 2015 Morris Memorial Chapbook Competition winner
  • 2009 ASPS Poet of the Year
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  • 2015 ASPS Poet of the Year
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  • 2016 ASPS Spring Contest Winners

    ALABAMA STATE POETRY SOCIETY 2016 SPRING CONTESTS
    WINNERS' LIST

    1. ALABAMA STATE POETRY SOCIETY SPRING CONTEST
    (Sponsored by ASPS) 65 entries
    $75, $50, $25, $10, and 3 Honorable Mentions in order of merit
    Any form, Any subject, line limit 60.

    1st Place Susan Martinello Portrait of My Husband as Rome,
    the Sacred City
    Gulf Shores, AL
    2nd Place Jeanette Willert Awaking
    Pell City, AL
    3rd Place Barbara Blanks Four letters, meaning gone
    Garland, TX
    4th Place Jessica Jones Naked Woman in front of the
    Mirror
    Orange Beach, AL
    1st HM Alina Stefanescu Letter to a Little Girl Named After
    an Existentialist
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    2nd HM Rita Aiken Moritz The Day Will Come
    Pell City, AL
    3rd HM Dr. Virginia Gilbert Getting the Bones Right,
    Reunion '65
    Madison, AL

    2. THE DAVID KATO PRIZE, in honor of murdered Ugandan gay activist
    David Kato (1964-2011) (Sponsored by Jendi Reiter) 9 entries
    $50, $30, $20 and Honorable Mentions at Judges discretion
    Any form: Subject: Human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and
    transgendered people. No line limit

    1st Place Christine Riddle Defixio in the Heartland
    Foley, AL
    2nd Place Barbara Blanks Aspiring to Pansies
    Garland, TX
    3rd Place Lynn Veach Sadler He/She
    Burlington, NC
    1st HM Renee Palmer Coming Out at 50
    Montevallo, AL


    3. THE "BEAT PLUS" HUMAN CONDITION AWARD
    (Sponsored by Dick Teal -- Platosgroove.com)
    $50, $30, $20, and Honorable Mentions at judge's discretion.
    32 entries
    Any form, Subject: The 1950's "Beat Generation" of poets lamented
    our spiritually empty culture. Poets are to take it one step further by
    writing about the search for answers and meaning.
    Line limit 40.

    1st Place Stacey Balkun Tourists Apparently Film a
    Porno at the Pyramids
    New Orleans, LA
    2nd Place Janet Anderson We Are Called
    Huntsville, AL
    3rd Place Kimberly Wright Living tombstone
    Prattville, AL
    1st HM Taney A. Brazeal As They Are
    Fairhope, AL
    2nd HM Renee Palmer Moses at the End
    Montevallo, AL
    3rd HM Jerri Hardesty Label Me
    Brierfield, AL


    4. THE "POET'S CHOICE" AWARD (Sponsored by Jeanette Willert)
    56 entries
    $40, $25, $10 and Honorable Mentions at judge's discretion.
    Any form, any subject, line limit 50.

    1st Place Rita Aiken Moritz You Are
    Pell City, AL
    2nd Place Lee Pelham Cotton Jasper and Lloyd Go Over the Top
    Locust Hill, VA
    3rd Place Becky Alexander Waking Dad: Life with an Old
    Soldier
    Ontario, Canada
    1st HM Christine Riddle Two something a.m.
    Foley, AL
    2nd HM Henry Spottswood Letters From a Yard Sale
    Cincinnati, OH
    3rd HM Myra Ward Barra My Husband's Spaghetti
    Pell City, AL


    5. THE "BUGS FUNNY" AWARD (Sponsored by Barbara Blanks)
    26 entries
    $30, $15, $10 and Honorable Mentions at judge's discretion.
    Any form, Subject: About bugs -- bugs in nature -- or what bugs you.
    No rants, please.
    And if you choose to write about what bugs you (even if what bugs you
    are actual bugs), please write poetically: No lectures, no sermons.
    Line limit 30

    1st Place Dalene Stull Preserved In Amber
    Danville, OH
    2nd Place Jeanette Willert Waiting for Him
    Pell City, AL
    3rd Place Lee Pelham Cotton Beetle Juice
    Locust Hill, VA
    1st HM Catherine Moran Afternoon waltz
    Little Rock, AR
    2nd HM Janet Anderson The Great Outdoors
    Huntsville, AL
    3rd HM Grady Sue Saxon The Bug
    Leeds, AL


    6. THE "GOOD AND BAD CHANGE" AWARD
    (Sponsored by Jodi Adamson) 40 entries
    $25, $15, $10 and Honorable Mentions at judge's discretion.
    Any form, Subject: Change

    1st Place Stacey Balkun Terra Incognita
    New Orleans, LA
    2nd Place Jeanette Willert World Gone By
    Pell City, AL
    3rd Place Gail Denham To A Mom Who's Missing The
    Good Parts
    Survivor, OR
    1st HM Renee Palmer In Paris, I Am Changing Planes
    and More
    Montevallo, AL


    7. THE "MY PARENT'S STORY" AWARD
    (Sponsored by Myra Ward Barra) 20 entries
    $25, $15, $10 and Honorable Mentions at judge's discretion.
    Any form, Subject: Write a poem about a story your parent
    (Mother or Father) told about their childhood. Include some
    emotional detail about your own reaction.

    1st Place Jerri Hardesty Udderly Ridiculous
    Brierfield, AL
    2nd Place Henry Spottswood Memories of the Fathers
    Cincinnati, OH
    3rd Place Mike Wahl One Day in May
    Athens, AL
    1st HM Betty Ivy Dreams
    Fairhope, AL
    2nd HM Janet Anderson Spain
    Huntsville, AL

    8. THE "S'IL VOUS PLAIT" AWARD (IF YOU PLEASE)
    24 entries
    (Sponsored by Antebellum Anne's -- Beth Hoyle Waggoner)
    $25, $15, $10 and Honorable Mentions at judge's discretion.
    Any French form, Subject: French, they say, is the language of love.
    Write a love poem about old love, new love, lost love, or unrequited love.
    Please identify the poetry form you have used.

    1st Place Lee Pelham Cotton Fate (Dom Claude's Villanelle)
    Locust Hill, VA
    2nd Place Karen McAferty Morris Aubade
    Pensacola, FL
    3rd Place LaVern Spencer McCarthy My Lost Love
    Blair, OK
    1st HM Barbara Blanks To My One and Only Valentine
    Garland, TX
    2nd HM Rita Aiken Moritz I Don't Need You
    Pell City, AL
    3rd HM Jeanette Willert Chanson
    Pell City, AL


    9. "THE SKY'S THE LIMIT" AWARD
    (Sponsored by Harry and Rita Moritz -- Precious Prodigal)
    *THIS CATEGORY IS OPEN TO ALABAMA RESIDENTS ONLY
    22 entries
    $25, $15, $10 and Honorable Mentions at judge's discretion.
    Any form, Subject: The sun, the moon, the stars, galaxies, and universes.
    Line limit 32

    1st Place Renee Palmer Moon-glow
    Montevallo, AL
    2nd Place Jane Allen haiku (Moonlight slivers creep)
    Arab, AL
    3rd Place Kimberly Wright The condoms we'll use on Mars
    Prattville, AL
    1st HM Janet Anderson Moons Under Wing
    Huntsville, AL
    2nd HM Jeanette Willert Stardust
    Pell City, AL
    3rd HM Susan Martinello New York, 1906
    Gulf Shores, AL
    4th HM Dr. Virginia Gilbert Earth is a Nice Word
    Madison, AL


    10. THE TRIMERIC AWARD (Sponsored by Writers Anonymous)
    17 entries
    $25, $15, $10 and Honorable Mentions at judge's discretion.
    Form: Trimeric
    Any subject, line limit 13

    1st Place Lee Pelham Cotton Flotsam
    Locust Hill, VA
    2nd Place Karen McAferty Morris My Father's Flight
    Pensacola, FL
    3rd Place Barbara Blanks Like His Ancestors
    Garland, TX
    1st HM Sara Gipson A Sense of Summer Scents
    Scott, AR
    2nd HM Myra Ward Barra The Captain's Promise
    Pell City, AL
    3rd HM Margaret Rush Evening Marvel
    Pell City, AL

    11. THE "OVERCOMING ADVERSITY" AWARD (Sponsored by Ellen Sallas)
    28 entries
    $15, $10, $5 and Honorable Mentions at judge's discretion.
    Any form, Subject: Overcoming adversity.

    1st Place Lee Pelham Cotton Mas Cornadas da el Habre
    Locust Hill, VA
    2nd Place Ruth Hill Spirit of Iron, Heart of Gold
    British Columbia
    3rd Place Janet Anderson Into the Garden of Sisterhood
    Huntsville, AL
    1st HM LaVern Spencer McCarthy An Unexpected Blessing
    Blair, OK
    2nd HM Jessica Jones You + Me
    Orange Beach, AL




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