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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.
Only members of PSC may submit to Member-Only Contests, which are held in September, November, January and March. Best of all First, Second, and Third Place winners of the Members-Only Contests of the year are eligible for the Daisie E. Robinson Sweepstakes which is announced each June.
October 2020 - Open Contest - Inspiration
1st Place - The Madonna of Goldfinch, Gloria Viglione
2nd Place - To Gather Kindling, Maura Schroeder
3rd Place - Light Conspiracy, Daniel Martinez
1st HM - Autumnal, Maura Schroeder
2nd HM - The Kitchen, Robin Kraus
3rd HM - Writers Dream, Laura Becker
September 2020 - Members Only Contest.
1st Place - Transplant at Forty, Martin Postma
2nd Place - Just a Draft, Daniel Martinez
3rd Place - The Wonderment of Flight, Martin Postma
1st HM - Song of 1960s Youth, Von Neeld
2nd HM - Breakdown, Gay Williford
3rd HM - el paso county, colorado, Marcel Duclos
August 2020 - Open Contest Sonnet
1st Place - Fall Into Winter, Daniel A. Martinez
2nd Place - Fringe Society, Cheryl L. Wilkie.
3rd Place - Christmas Surprise, Jean E. Sidinger
1st HM - The Dividing Line, Mary Holland
2nd HM - Two Curves, Jean E Sidinger
3rd HM - In Air, a Sonnet, Ann Klaiman
July 2020 - Open Contest "Kindred Earth"
1st Place – Downed Cottonwood, Nancy Bierman
2nd Place – Hind Sight, Cheryl Miller
3rd Place – Earth People, Daniel Martinez
1st HM – Augury, Nancy Bierman
2nd HM – Earth Etheree, Vaughn Neeld
3rd HM – Broken Planet, Mary Holland
June 2020 - Open Contest "Poets' Choice"
1st Place – Ghost Writer, Daniel Angel Martinez
2nd Place – Becoming, Maura Schroeder
3rd Place – The Poor Live Under Occupation, Marcel Duclos
1st HM – Healthy Children Willl Not Fear Life if We Do Not Fear Death, Marcel Ducolus
2nd HM – Mellifluous, Nancy Bierman
3rd HM – On Writing, Maura Schroeder
May 2020 - Open Contest "A Chance Meeting"
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