2016 Annual Contest Adult Winners

2016 Annual Poetry Society of Virginia Contest Adult Winners

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all who entered!




1. EDGAR ALLAN POE MEMORIAL
Melanie Almeder, Judge.
Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Virginia.

Any form. Any subject. 48 line limit.
Award: $100 (94 entries)

First Prize: “ Crossing the Nickel Bridge” by Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA.

1st HM: “Lazarus Rising” by Chapman Hood Frazier, Rice, VA.
2nd HM: “The Imperative of Wings” by Frederick Wilbur, Lovingston, VA.
3rd HM: “On Climbing Down” by Brennan DeFrisco, Oakland, CA.


2. SARAH LOCKWOOD MEMORIAL
Henry Hart, Judge.

Any subject. Sonnet in rhyme and meter.
Award: $100, $75, $50 (48 entries)

First Prize: “The Insurgent” by Eliot Khalil Wilson, Golden, CO.
Second Prize: “The Secret of Life” by M. Jeanne Skvarla, Virginia Beach, VA.
Third Prize: “Fingers Crossed” by Connie McKenna, Alexandria, VA.

1st HM: “The Babysitter” by Mary Kipps, Sterling, VA.
2nd HM: “Lovers” by Laura J. Bobrow, Leesburg, VA.
3rd HM: “Luminaria” by Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA.


3. BESS GRESHAM MEMORIAL
Dorianne Laux, Judge.

Any form. Subject: friends and friendship. 48 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (52 entries)

First Prize: “The Wisdom of Maintenance” by Frederick Wilbur, Lovingston, VA.
Second Prize: “Grief” by Susan Patrick, Charlottesville, VA.
Third Prize: “Getting Lost, 1959” by Joan Mazza, Mineral, VA.

1st HM: “Breaking Barriers Off Bali” by Esther Whitman Johnaon, Roanoke, VA.
2nd HM: “Hide. Seek.” by Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA.
3rd HM: “Mouth Music” by Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA.


4. CARLETON DREWRY MEMORIAL
Joshua Poteat, Judge.

Any form. Subject: farm life or working the earth. 48 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (44 entries)

First Prize: “Hearting” by Frederick Wilbur, Lovingston, VA.
Second Prize: “Midnight in Findlay” by Peter LaBerge, Stamford, CT.
Third Prize: “Feral Girls” by Wynn Yarbrough, Alexandria, VA.

1st HM: “The Garden in the Woods” by Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA.
2nd HM: “You put your hand to my hand, but could not remove the splinter” by Joanna S. Lee, Richmond, VA.
3rd HM: “Jesus Lives in Summer Fields” by Steven Wendelin, Keysville, VA.


5. BRODIE HERNDON MEMORIAL
Yolanda B. Taylor, Judge.

Any form. Subject: heroism. 48 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (41 entries)

First Prize: “worship” by Ann Marie Boyden, Williamsburg, VA.
Second Prize: “Ode to the Survivors’ Staircase” by Beth SK Morris, Riverdale, NY.
Third Prize: “Signs” by Kenneth Sutton, Machipongo, VA.

1st HM: “Purple Hearts and Minds, Fort Hood, Texas” by William Sypher, Barboursville, VA.
2nd HM: “Reflections in a Mirror” by Linda Partee, Williamsburg, VA.
3rd HM: “Indelibly Imprinted” by Barbara Blanks, Garland, TX.


6. NANCY BYRD TURNER MEMORIAL
Nick Lantz, Judge.

Sonnet or other traditional form. State the form. Any subject.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (50 entries)

First Prize: “Anatomy Lesson” by Bill Glose, Yorktown, VA.
Second Prize: “My Father’s Work” by Joan Mazza, Mineral, VA.
Third Prize: “Around the Clock” by Ruth Holzer, Herndon, VA.

1st HM: “-30-” by Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA.
2nd HM: “Candle Packing” by M. Jeanne Skvarla (Johnson), Virginia Beach, VA.
3rd HM: “Remembering” by Katherine Brown, Manassas, VA.


7. JUDAH, SARAH, GRACE, AND TOM MEMORIAL
Jacqueline Bishop, Judge.

Any form. Subject: Encouraging reflection on inter-ethnic relations. 48 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (44 entries)

First Prize: “Not Only Charleston” by Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA.
Second Prize: “Holocaust” by Chapman Hood Frazier, Rice, VA.
Third Prize: “Upon Hearing About the Nepal Earthquake” by E. Gail Chandler, Shelbyville, KY.

1st HM: “How the News Came to Lafayette from Haynesville” by Kenneth Sutton, Machipongo, VA.
2nd HM: “When We Lived on R St.” by Sally Zakariya, Arlington, VA.
3rd HM: “On the Last Weekend of Summer” by Claudia Gary, Lovettsville, VA.


8. CENIE H. MOON PRIZE
Judy Longley, Judge.

Any form. Subject: a woman or women. 48 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (89 entries)

First Prize: “These old Photos” by Marian Pearce, Faber, VA.
Second Prize: “The Other Side of the Door” by Linda Mitchell, Manassas, VA.
Third Prize: “Persephone” by Christine Burrage, Troy, VA.

1st HM: “Kate Mouton is Dead” by Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA.
2nd HM: “eve got game” by Sharon Ackerman, Charlottesville, VA.
3rd HM: “Tribute Due” by Susan Bennett, Fairfax, VA.


9. HANDY ANDY PRIZE
Wilda Morris, Judge.

Limerick.
Awards: $25, $15, $10 (26 entries)

First Prize: “Mustard and Hellish” by Barbara Blanks, Garland, TX.
Second Prize: “Murder Mystery in Three Acts” by Lee Alexander, Williamsburg, VA.
Third Prize: “Another Story” by Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca, NY.

1st HM: “Yep, It’s a Cat Poem” by Martha E. Powers, Fairfax, VA.
2nd HM: “Another Rake’s Progress” by D. Beecher Smith, II, Memphis, TN.
3rd HM: “Not Fair” by Jerri Hardesty, Brierfield, AL.


10. ADA SANDERSON MEMORIAL
Joanna Catherine Scott, Judge.

Any form. Subject: nature. 48 line limit.
Award: $100 (107 entries)

First Prize: “Solitaire (desert memories, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)” by Ray Abell, Williamsburg, VA.

1st HM: “Haiku” by D. Beecher Smith, II, Memphis, TN.
2nd HM: “How Exact’” by Eileen Malone, Broadmoor Village, CA.
3rd HM: “Escargatoire” by Christina Cox, Mechanicsville, VA.


11. CHARLOTTE WISE MEMORIAL
John Amen, Judge.

Any form. Any subject. 64 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (96 entries)

First Prize: “Unexplained Weight Loss” by Eric Forsbergh, Reston, VA.
Second Prize: “Evolution” by Joanna S. Lee, Richmond, VA.
Third Prize: “A Pair” by Mary E. Burns, Charlottesville, VA.

1st HM: “Water Music” by Anna Anderson Evas, Richmond, VA.
2nd HM: “David, O David” by Jane Ellen Glasser, Lighthouse Point, FL.
3rd HM: “The Known World” by Nancy Allen, Lynchburg, VA.


12. THE ROBERT S. SERGEANT MEMORIAL
Clifford Brooks, Judge.

Any form. Subject: Birds. 48 line limit.
Award: $50 (75 entries)

First Prize: “A Flight of Swans” by Marguerite Thoburn Watkins, Lynchburg, VA.

1st HM: “Totem Bird” by Nancy Allen, Lynchburg, VA.
2nd HM: “Live Birds, Dead Birds” by David Black, Louisa, VA.
3rd HM: “Flight beyond Hearing” by Trudy Wells-Meyer, Scottsdale, AZ.


13. ELIZABETH NEUWIRTH MEMORIAL
John Casteen, Judge.
Sponsored by Claudia Gary.

Iambic pentameter. Subject: A specific work of art other than poetry (identify the work in title or in the poem or in an epigraph). 48 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (15 entries)

First Prize: “The Hunter” by Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA.
Second Prize: “To Know the Heart” by Stan Galloway, Bridgewater, VA.
Third Prize: “The Prettiest Girl in the Room” by Mary Kipps, Sterling, VA.


14. LAURA DAY BOGGS BOLLING MEMORIAL
Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Judge.
Sponsored by her children, Alma, Flora, and Glade.

Any rhymed or un-rhymed form. Poem written by an adult for older school-age children, ages 10-12 years. 20 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (35 entries)

First Prize: “Our Two Cats” by Connie McKenna, Alexandria, VA.
Second Prize: “Sensibly Senseless” by Barbara Blanks, Garland, TX.
Third Prize: “A Riddle” by Rita Aiken Moritz, Pell City, AL.


15. MIRIAM RACHIMI MEMORIAL
Arlene Levine, Judge.
Sponsored by Ben and Michal Mahgerefteh.

Any form. Subject: the spiritual impact of losing (or almost losing) a loved one. 48 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (61entries)

First Prize: “Thaw” by Barbara Stout, Rocky Mount, VA.
Second Prize: “6 a.m. Train to Penn Station” by Nancy Allen, Lynchburg, VA.
Third Prize: “A Sign From Above” by Jane Ellen Glasser, Lighthouse Point, FL.

1st HM: “Last Speakers” by Frederick Wilbur, Lovingston, VA.
2nd HM: “The Path Between” by Eric Forsbergh, Reston, VA.
3rd HM: “Namibian Sands” by Catherine Fletcher, Jackson Heights, NY.


16. JOE PENDLETON CAMPBELL MEMORIAL
Robin Behn, Judge.
Sponsored by Paula Savoy.

Narrative poem. Any form. Any subject. 64 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (70 entries)

First Prize: “I Know What I Like” by Chapman Hood Frazier, Rice, VA.
Second Prize: “Raking Walnuts” by Frederick Wilbur, Lovingston, VA.
Third Prize: “Dark Water 1930’s Pineville Kentucky” by Marian Pearce, Faber, VA.

1st HM: “In Binary ” by Claudia Gary, Lovettsville, VA.
2nd HM: “Obey” by Peter LaBerge, Stamford, CT.
3rd HM: “The Shade of Pollarded Oaks” by Judy Whitehill Witt, Glen Allen, VA.


17. SESTINA/VILLANELLE AWARD
Jennifer Koster, Judge.
Sponsored by Susan and Joe Metz.

Traditional sestina or villanelle. Any subject.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (32 entries)

First Prize: “The Night Before the Operation” by James Metz, Richmond, VA.
Second Prize: “A Family Manuscript” by Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA.
Third Prize: “No Steeple Too High” by Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA.

1st HM: “Love and Grief in 22 Syllables” by Kim Drew Wright, North Chesterfield, VA.
2nd HM: “Shadows of Green” by Marian Pearce, Faber, VA.
3rd HM: “Jephtha’s Daughter” by Davi Walders, Chevy Chase, MD.


18. RAYMOND LEVI HAISLIP MEMORIAL
Lisa Russ Spaar, Judge.
Sponsored by Otis L. Haislip, Jr.

Any form. Subject: celebrating technology. 48 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (34 entries)

First Prize: “A Glory Around You” by Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA.
Second Prize: “Congruence” by Frederick Wilbur, Lovingston, VA.
Third Prize: “Across the Bay” by Bill Glose, Yorktown, VA.

1st HM: “Inkwells” by Marguerite Thoburn Watkins, Lynchburg, VA.
2nd HM: “Windmill” by Barbara Blanks, Garland, TX.
3rd HM: “Sleeping With the Internet” by Esther Whitman Johnson, Roanoke, VA.


19. THE ANNE SPENCER MEMORIAL
John Hoppenthaler, Judge.
Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Virginia.
Any form. Subject: overcoming adversity. 64 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (59 entries)

First Prize: “Picture of Suffering Along the Racing Track with Sailboat and Flowers” by Wynn Yarbrough, Alexandria, VA.
Second Prize: “Tipsy” by Blaise Allen, Deerfield Beach, FL.
Third Prize: “Intimations of infinity” by Serena Fusek, Newport News, VA.

1st HM: “indigenous” by Sharon Ackerman, Charlottesville, VA.
2nd HM: “Up From The Killing Fields” by Esther Whitman Johnson, Roanoke, VA.
3rd HM: “Handicapping with Dad” by Michael Mc Namara, Springfield, VA.


20. NEW VOICES
Shonda Buchanan, Judge.
Sponsored by the Williamsburg Poetry Guild.

Open only to poets who have never received a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd prize in any PSV contest.
Any form. Any subject. 48 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (47 entries)

First Prize: “Passage through the Sinks” by Cathy Hailey, Manassas, VA.
Second Prize: “The Orphan” by Anna Anderson Evas, Richmond, VA.
Third Prize: “”Make me a map”” by Erika Castillo, Charlottesville, VA.

1st HM: “Away From Eden” by Ralph Holmes, Virginia Beach VA.
2nd HM: “Another World” by Andrew L. Smiley, Roanoke, VA.
3rd HM: “And Darkness Comes” by Mac Mestayer, Williamsburg, VA.


21. HONORING FATHERHOOD AWARD
Alicia Clavell, Judge.
Sponsored by Bill & Michelle O’Hearn, in memory of Theodore Tomala, Jr.

Any form. Subject: honoring Fathers and/or their sacrifices. 48 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (45 entries)

First Prize: “Parallax for My Birth Name” by Peter LaBerge, Stamford, CT.
Second Prize: “The Daughter of Owls” by Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca,NY.
Third Prize: “My Father on His 91st Birthday” by Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA.

1st HM: “In Praise of a Millennial Dad” by Esther Whitman Johnson, Roanoke, VA.
2nd HM: “My Father’s Morning” by Marian Pearce, Faber, VA.
3rd HM: “Memoir” by William Prindle, Charlottesville, VA.


22. EKPHRASTIC POETRY AWARD, Sofia Starnes, Judge.
Sponsored by Lynn Young in memory of Carl Edward Young, Jr. and Judy Fletcher Clark Rubendall.

A poem based on a work of art other than poetry.
(Either send a copy of the work or include a link to it.) Any form. 48 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20) (56 entries)

First Prize: “Man with a Glove” by Judy Whitehill Witt, Glen Allen, VA.
Second Prize: “End of Days” by Nancy Allen, Lynchburg, VA.
Third Prize: “A Traveler” by Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA.

1st HM: “Alice Neel Painting the Priestly Brothers” by Davi Walders, Chevy Chase, MD.
2nd HM: “Portrait of a Rebel” by Bill Glose, Yorktown, VA.
3rd HM: “Canadian Prairie Gothic” by Stan Galloway, Bridgewater, VA.




POETRY SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA MEMBERS ONLY

23. EMMA GRAY TRIGG MEMORIAL
Brian Henry, Judge.
Sponsored by endowment and the Poetry Society of Virginia.

Lyric poem. Any subject. 64 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (62 entries)

First Prize: “Makeshift Cathedral” by Peter LaBerge, Stamford, CT.
Second Prize: “Bestiary” by Chapman Hood Frazier, Rice, VA.
Third Prize: “Revisiting the Italian” by Joanna S. Lee, Richmond, VA.

1st HM: “The Slow Conversion of the Hour” by Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA.
2nd HM: “Clearing the Way” by Wynn Yarbrough, Alexandria, VA.
3rd HM: “Table for Two” by Barbara Stout, Rocky Mount, VA.


24. KARMA DEANE OGDEN MEMORIAL
Luisa A. Igloria, Judge.
Sponsored by endowment and the Poetry Socety of Virginia.

Any form or subject. 48 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (92 entries)

First Prize: “Death at a Mission School” by E. Gail Chandler, Shelbyville, KY.
Second Prize: “Extraordinary Contraption” by Jerri Hardesty, Brierfield, AL.
Third Prize: “Oil Men at the Cemetery” by Davi Walders, Chevy Chase, MD.

1st HM: “What I Know Of Peace” by Nancy Allen, Lynchburg, VA.
2nd HM: “Ecstatic Chat” by Derek Kannemeyer, Richmond, VA.




VIRGINIA RESIDENTS ONLY

25. LORETTA DUNN HALL MEMORIAL
Susan Heroy, Judge.
Sponsored by Phyllis Hall Haislip.

Any form. Subject: family. 24 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (51 entries)

First Prize: “My Grandmother’s Bowl and Pitcher” by Erin Newton Wells, Charlottesville, VA.
Second Prize: “Ninety Four” by Irene Wellman, Afton, VA.
Third Prize: “One Embrace” by Terry Cox-Joseph, Newport News, VA.

1st HM: “One weekend every mid-October” by Joanna S. Lee, Richmond, VA.
2nd HM: “Talking to Strangers” by Cathy Hailey, Manassas, VA.
3rd HM: “Rochester, Minnesota, Mid-January” by Susan Notar, Falls Church, VA.




UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY

26. UNDERGRADUATE POETRY AWARD
Lori Dixon, Judge.
Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Virginia.

Any form. Any subject such as loss, overcoming a significant setback, or a strong feeling. 36 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20 (8 entries)

First Prize: “Elementary School Breakup Poem” by Christina Cox, Mechanicsville, VA.
Second Prize: “‘Coat Hanger Boys'” by James Burns, Williamsburg, VA.
Third Prize: “Bitter Winter” by Christine Burrage, Troy, VA.

1st HM: “My Ancestors” by Matt Longabaugh, Williamsburg, VA.
2nd HM: “Yahtzee” by Jason Brotkin, Williamsburg, VA.
3rd HM: “Yesterday” by Krystal Williams, Santa Monica, CA.