1. ALABAMA STATE POETRY SOCIETY FALL CONTEST (Sponsored by ASPS) 60 entries
*THIS CATEGORY IS OPEN TO PAID MEMBERS ONLY
$75, $50, $25, $10 and 3 Honorable Mentions in order of merit
Any form, Any subject, Line limit 60.
1st Place Dargan Ware Anchors, Far Away Moody, AL
2nd Place Catherine Moran Those parting comments Little Rock, AR
3rd Place Shawnette Daniel Pecan Pickin' Cropwell, AL
4th Place Janet Anderson after the tornadoes Huntsville, AL
1st HM Jeanette Willert Consolation Pell City, AL
2nd HM Gail Gehlken For the Children Irvington, AL
3rd HM Bettye K. Cannizzo Westward the Wagons Hartselle, AL
2. THE ALABAMA ANIMAL ADVOCACY AWARD (Sponsored by Alabama Animal
Advocacy -- alanimals.org) 38 entries
*WINNING POEMS WILL BE PUBLISHED ONLINE WITH AUTHORS' PERMISSION.
$60, $25, $15 and Honorable Mentions at judge's discretion.
Any form, Subject: Wild or domestic animals
1st Place Karen Morris The Blessing Pensacola, FL
2nd Place Barbara Blanks Of Mice and Music Garland, TX
3rd Place Joanne R. Cage The Ghost of Little Bear Leeds, AL
1st HM Lori Anne Goetz Tiny Defender Germantown, TN
2nd HM Ellaraine Lockie Rebellion Sunnyvale, CA
3rd HM Randy C. Hale My Cat The Poet Oneonta, AL
4th HM Gail Gehlken Oliver Steps Down Irvington, AL
3. "THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF BIRDS" AWARD (Sponsored by Bettye Cannizzo) 45 entries
$50, $35, $15 and Honorable Mentions at judge's discretion.
Any form, Subject: Birds
1st Place Rita Aiken Moritz Each Hummingbird a Gift Pell City, AL
2nd Place Joanne R. Cage Haiku (Two hawks in Maytime)Leeds, AL
3rd Place Janet Anderson Through the Storm Huntsville, AL
1st HM Charles K. Firmage Crimson Feathers Boise, ID
2nd HM Myra Ward Barra The Caribbean Grackle Pell City, AL
3rd HM Ruth Hill Pine Siskin Chetwynd, BC Canada
4th HM Ellaraine Lockie Encounters with Crows Sunnyvale, CA
5th HM Catherine Moran Gifts from crows Little Rock, AR
4. THE DAVID KATO PRIZE, in honor of murdered Ugandan gay activist David Kato (1964-2011).
(Sponsored by Jendi Reiter)
*WINNING POEMS WILL BE PUBLISHED ONLINE WITH AUTHORS' PERMISSION. 8 entries
$50, $30, $20 and Honorable Mentions at judge's discretion
Any form, Subject: Human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people.
No line limit.
1st Place Seth Cortland Tanner Shepard Talladega, AL
2nd Place Dargan Ware The Funeral Moody, AL
3rd Place Barbara Blanks Heart Strings Garland, TX
1st HM Janet Anderson moons under wing Huntsville, AL
2nd HM Jerri Hardesty Chrysanthemum Brierfield, AL
5. THE "WRITERS ANONYMOUS" AWARD (Sponsored by Writers Anonymous) 15 entries
$40, $30, $20 and $10 for 4th Place, 3 Honorable Mentions.
Form: Villanelle, Subject: Change is a part of life, but it isn't always comfortable,
is it? Put together your best words and write a villanelle about that topic.
1st Place LaVern Spencer McCarthy In Hindsight Blair, OK
2nd Place Jerri Hardesty Change Will Come Brierfield, AL
3rd Place Evelyn M. Hurley While Blooms of August Sing Gaylesville, AL
4th Place Catherine Moran Growing with change Little Rock, AR
1st HM Georgette Perry Riverie Huntsville, AL
2nd HM Charles K. Firmage Lips That Speak Truth Boise, ID
3rd HM Dalene Stull Human Plans Danville, OH
6. THE "POET'S CHOICE" AWARD (Sponsored by Jeanette Willert) 61 entries
$40, $25, $10 and Honorable Mentions at judge's discretion.
Any form, any subject, line limit 50.
1st Place Ellaraine Lockie Sexed on a Kona Balcony Sunnyvale, CA
2nd Place Evelyn M. Hurley Consolation Gaylesville, AL
3rd Place Ramey Channell Calling Up Magic Leeds, AL
1st HM Christine Riddle The Weaver Foley, AL
2nd HM Jessica Temple Ghosts Floated Through My
Childhood Madison, AL
3rd HM Ruth Hill Harbor of Rainbows Chetwynd, BC Canada
7. THE "PRECIOUS PRODIGAL" AWARD (Sponsored by Precious Prodigal, Harry and Rita Moritz)
$40, $20, $10 and $5 for 4th Place, 3 Honorable Mentions. 56 entries
Any form, Subject: With the passing of time, people and things age. That's
sometimes a good thing, and sometimes it's not. Write a poem in any form
1st Place Seth Cortland Tanner Sweet Tea Talladega, AL
2nd Place Evelyn M. Hurley Shelter Gaylesville, AL
3rd Place Sylvia Williams Dodgen If You Were Here Orange Beach, AL
4th Place Christine Riddle The Folksinger at 58 Foley, AL
1st HM Jerri Hardesty Visible Markers Brierfield, AL
2nd HM Janet Anderson Entering In Huntsville, AL
3rd HM Dalene Stull Poetry of Love Danville, OH
8. "THE WHEELS ON THE BUS" AWARD (Sponsored by Myra Ward Barra) 11 entries
$30, $25, $15 and Honorable Mentions at judge's discretion
Any form, Subject: Bus rides, public transportation, school buses, behavior on buses, prisoners
on buses, bus drivers, bus accidents, yellow buses, greyhound buses, buses that run late or are
1st Place LaVern Spencer McCarthy The Old, Yellow School Bus Blair, OK
2nd Place Faye Adams Slice of Life De Soto, MO
3rd Place Rita Aiken Moritz The Yellow Chrysalis Pell City, AL
9. THE "MAKE THEM LAUGH" AWARD (Sponsored by Jodi Adamson) 43 entries
$30, $15, $10 and Honorable Mentions at judge's discretion
Any form, Theme: A poem that makes us laugh; no depressing stuff. Line limit: 20
1st Place Rita Aiken Moritz The Dutiful Wife Pell City, AL
2nd Place Ramey Channell Flea Leeds, AL
3rd Place Joanne R. Cage Marsupial Strabismus Leeds, AL
10. THE "I'LL TAKE THE SHORT FORM, PLEASE!" AWARD (Sponsored by Kirk and Jerri
Hardesty and NewDawnUnlimited.com) 51 entries
$25 and 2 HM's
Form: Any short form, but not free verse, ( ie. couplet, haiku, sijo, quatrain, tanka, cinquain, limerick,
beech, etheree, fibonacci, jaleen, triolet, rondelet, Lil Ann, octet, oriental octet, etc.),
Subject: Any. Line limit 8.
1st Place Michael Johnson Turnip Russellville, AL
1st HM Charles K. Firmage Last Stand Boise, ID
2nd HM Faye Adams The Last Rosebud De Soto, MO