2010 Contest Results

2010 Triad


Judged by Stephen Powers. His first book, The Follower’s Tale, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2009. His poems have also appeared in Shenandoah, Barely South Review, and Rougarou. He lives in Georgia, where he enjoys the beaches of Tybee Island. He spends his free time at Dollywood. There were 82 entries.

First Place: F.J. Bergmann, "Point of Order”

Second Place: Lisa Vihos, "Machine Dream”

Third Place: Joan Wiese Johannes, "Wish You Were Here”

Honorable Mention:

Gary Powell, "In a Place called Haditha”

Lisa Cihlar, "The True Story”

David Clower, "The Speed Limit of the Universe”


Judged by Pat Valdata, a novelist and poet in Elkton, Maryland. Her publications include the novels The Other Sister (Plain View Press, 2008), Crosswind (Wind Canyon Publishing, 1997) and the poetry chapbook Looking for Bivalve (Pecan Grove Press, 2002). Her book-length collection of poems, Inherent Vice, is forthcoming from Pecan Grove Press in 2011. Pat received an MFA in writing from Goddard College and is an adjunct associate professor for the University of Maryland University College. There were 85 entries.

First Place: F. J. Bergmann, "Is it Here?”

Second Place: Richard Roe, "The Lesson”

Third Place: Cathryn Cofell, "In Search of Women”

1st Honorable Mention: Shoshauna Shy, "The Letter She Tried”

2nd Honorable Mention: Mary Lou Judy, "Quilter”

3rd Honorable Mention: David Scheler, "Doppler Shifts”


Judged by Barbara Crooker, the author of more than 600 poems published in nearly 200 anthologies, books, and magazines. A twenty-six time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, she is the author of ten chapbooks and three full-length books, including Line Dance, which won the 2009 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence, Radiance, winner of the 2005 Word Press First Book Award, and her latest collection, More. There were 44 entries.

First Place: Nancy Takacs, "Night Game—School”

Second Place: Karen Loeb, "Tables”

Third Place: Janet Leahy, “Recalcitrant Poem”

Honorable Mention:

Lisa Vihos, "Dollar Value”

Ann Penton, “Egoistic Frogs”

David Scheler, "Tobacco, Cedar and Sage”