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Don't forget to send your contest poems, using the criteria on this page, to the appropriate Contest Director by the published submission deadline.
May 2020 - Open Contest "Modern Ballad"
1st Place – Dancer Poet, by Loretta Sturgeon
2nd Place – Oh, Sister, Can I Ask You?, by Gloria Viglione
3rd Place – Ode to a Toad, by Nancy Bierman
1st HM – There’s No Need to Say Another Word, by Marcel Duclos
2nd HM – Proposal, by Loretta Sturgeon
3rd HM – Unexpected, by Marcel Duclos
April 2020 - Open Contest "Modern Ballad"
1st Place - Fishin' Hole, Julie Roghair
2nd Place - The Tomboy, Julie Roghair
3rd Place - It All Works Out, Amie E. Duclos
1st HM - A Name Familiar, Vaughn Neeld
2nd HM - Stay-at-Home-Order-Blues, Nancy Cummins Bierman
3rdHM - The Tale of Mister Malone, Martin J. Postma
March 2020 - Members Only Contest "Detours"
1st Place - Channeling Old Mother Hubbard, Jean E. Sidinger
2nd Place - At the Assisted Living Home (life’s last detour), Gay Williford
3rd Place - After Reading Donald Hall’s Affirmation, Marcel Duclos
1st HM - Meandering, Marcel Duclos
2nd HM - Before Springtime - thanks to November by Billy Collins, Marcel Duclos
3rdHM - Rough Road Ahead, Jean E. Sidinger
February 2020 - Open Contest "Legendary Colorado Women"
1st Place - Painted Lady of the Old West, Mary Holland
2nd Place - Footnote, Sandi Rae Rhynard
3rd Place - Goodby, Little Girl, Goodbye, Vaughn Neeld
1st HM - Everybody Welcome, Nancy Bierman
2nd HM - The Women of Black Forest, Marcel A. Duclos
3rd HM - Betty Laverne Mekelberg, 1936-2011, Sandi Rae Rhynard
January 2020 - Members Only Contest "Serendipity"
1st Place - No Umbrella, Jean E. Sidinger
2nd Place - Tilde, Cheryl Miller ( T I L D E)
3rd Place - Elegy for Mrs. H, Marcel Duclos
1st HM - Five Bucks, Jean E. Sidinger
2nd HM - Come Talk to Me Says My Old Aunt on the Phone from Her Farmhouse Kitchen,
by Marcel Duclos
3rd HM - taking his hand, Marcel Duclos
December 2019 - OpenContest: "Santa is For Real"
1st Place – Jean Sidinger, The Red Box
2nd Place – Ann Klaiman, What More Could We Want?
3rd Place – Marcel Duclos, That Christmas Eve with Papa
1st HM – Daniel Martinez, A Gift to Carrie
2nd HM – Alana Story, Innocence
3rd HM – John Turek, They Saw What Santa Said
November 2019 - Members-Only Contest "Red Shoes"
1st Place: Marcel Duclos, I Sing the Blues for my Widowed Grandmother
2nd Place: Nancy Bierman, Red Kids
3rd Place: Sandi Rhynard, Mac-n-Cheese
1st Honorable Mention: Von Neeld, Old Mr. Pierce Has the Last Word
2nd Honorable Mention: Cheryl Miller, La Zapata Roja
3rd Honorable Mention: Ann Klaiman, What Now
October 2019 - Open Contest: "A Poem in Response to ___"
1st Place: Tracy Mitchell, Looking Into the Face of Robert Bligh
2nd Place: Melanie Eulberg, Apology Not Accepted
3rd Place: Maura Schroeder, For WS Merwin
Honorable Mention: Marcel Duclos, Who Could Do That?
Honorable Mention: Sandi Rhynard, Burning Calories
Honorable Mention: Melanie Eulberg, To An Unnamed Poetry Contest Judge
September 2019 - 1st Member-Only: "Invisibility"
1st Place: Vaughn Neeld, A Soul Unseen
2nd Place: Tracy Mitchell, Pulled Invisible
3rd Place: Sandi Rhynard, He Waits
1st Honorable Mention: Sandi Rhynard, Tanka She Gathers Her Fears
2nd Honorable Mention: Maura Schroeder, Presence
3rd Honorable Mention: Tracy Mitchell, Stay
June 2019 Open Contest: Ubi Sunt
1st Place: Marcel Duclos, A Question and Response Song for Francis Villon
2ndPlace: Cheryl Miller, Sun, Stand Still
3rdPlace: Ann Klaiman, Still
1st Honorable Mention: Vaughn Neeld, The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe
2nd Honorable Mention: Alana Story, Left Behind
3rd Honorable Mention: Vaughn Neeld, A Name Familiar
May 2019 Open Contest: "Moral of the Story"
First Place: Melanie C. B. Eulberg, "King Leopard and the Frogs"
Second Place: Marylin C. Blinn, "Anti-Bodies"
Third Place: Cheryl Miller, "The Centipede and the Shoe"
1st Honorable Mention: Marcel Duclos, "A Black Bear Comes of Age"
2nd Honorable Mention: Marcel Duclos, "A Silly Mouse and the Outsmarted Frog"
3rd Honorable Mention: Jean E. Sidinger, "This Lesson's A Breeze"
April 2019 Open Contest: "Persona Poem"
First Place: Pandora Wilson, "Wildflower"
Second Place: Nancy Bierman, "Johnny's Bear"
Third Place: Gay Williford, "Voice of Our Flag"
1st Honorable Mention: Ann Klaiman, "Philadelphia: June 1752"
2nd Honorable Mention: Nancy Bierman, "Ash in Autumn"
3rd Honorable Mention: Jean E. Sidinger, "Willow Tree"
March 2019 Members-Only Contest: "Prejudice"
First Place: Marilyn C. Blinn, "You, Me, We?"
Second Place: Daniel A. Martinez, "Color Me Proud"
Third Place: Alana Story, "The Dark Side"
1st Honorable Mention: Laurel J. Becker, "My Hidden Self"
2nd Honorable Mention: Gay Williford, "Invisible Limits"
3rd Honorable Mention: Jean Sidinger, "Less Than"
February 2019 Open Contest: "My Colorado"
First Place: Jean Sidinger, "Sounds Like the Great Sand Dunes"
Second Place: Jean E. Sidinger, "Umbrellas Get Dusty"
Third Place: Susan Harman, "Traveling Highway 285"
1st Honorable Mention: Marcel Duclos, "Lost in the Scene Outside My Window"
2nd Honorable Mention: Michael Escoubas, "Of Heaven and Other Things"
3rd Honorable Mention: Cheryl L. Wilkie, "Colorado Legacy"
January 2019 Members-Only Contest: "Fences"
First Place: John Turek, "The Gate"
Second Place: Melanie Eulberg, "Claim-Staking"
Third Place: Von Neeld, "Possum Grapes"
1st Honorable Mention: Ann Klaiman, "Wrangler"
2nd Honorable Mention: Marylin C. Blinn, "Which Shall it Be?"
3rd Honorable Mention: Gay Williford, "The Fence Around My Yard"