WFOP Annual Sponsored Contests
WFOP sponsors four annual poetry contests:
- Chapbook Contest for chapbooks published by Wisconsin poets
- Muse Prize, open to all Wisconsin poets (you do not need to be an WFOP member)
- Student Contest for Wisconsin middle and high school students
- Triad Contest, open only to WFOP members
KAY SAUNDERS MEMORIAL NEW POET
There were 33 entries in the Kay Saunders Memorial New Poet category judged by M Wright.
Erna Kelly for “Nourishment”
Sharon Rook Daly for “Oil Can.”
Colleen Nehmer for “Snake Charmer”.
Joyce M. Latham for “No”.
“Talking to Strangers” by Naomi Cochran
There were 67 entries in the theme category for the theme of Rules and/or Laws judged by Charles Hood.
Janet Leahy for “She Never Spoke of How She Died”
Thomas J. Erickson for “The Presumption of Innocence”
Bruce Dethlefsen for “Ma Come Get Me (The Phone Slams)”
Emily Bowles for “A Daisy Chain for My Daughter”
Jeffrey Johannes for “My Mother Says”
Paula Schulz for “Remember the Sabbath Day by Keeping it Holy”
79 people entered the Poet’s Choice competition judged by Judith Vollmer.
Richard Roe for “Toward Evening”
Fabu P. Carter for “Arriving Free in the Green Land”
Sheryl Slocum for “Cemeteries”
Sharon Foley for “It’s Raining Outside”
Sandra J. Lindow for “The Romance of Dragonflies”
Bruce Dethlefsen for “October Clouds of Door County”
A sampling of winning poems here.
The 2017 Chapbook Contest winners are:
First Place: Heavy Light, by Kelly Morse
Second Place: Razed Lutheran, by Naomi Cochran
Honorable Mention: Step on a Crack, by Marilyn L. Taylor
First place winner in WFOP's 2017 Chapbook contest.
Heavy Light, by Kelly Morse
Judge Amy Lemmon says:
Encapsulating the world of new motherhood, its tense anticipation and barely-bearable pain, its exhilaration and disappointment, its sheer drudgery and deep joy, these poems incorporate the cant and self-help blather of “parenting culture” to get at the physical, psychic, and spiritual heart of the matter. Like the installation by Janine Antoni that graces the cover, Morse’s work transforms the body’s marvelous and terrible powers into art that affects us as much in the heart and gut as in the brain.
Second place winner in WFOP's 2017 Chapbook Contest.
Razed Lutheran, by Naomi Cochran
By on Amazon here
Judge Amy Lemmon says:
The wry pun in the title hints at the dark humor leavening the mixture of history and lyric intensity of this collection. Cochran recreates a community of faith and faithlessness, incantation and lamentation, leaving the reader with a sense of spirituality hard-won and lyricism authentically earned. The poet’s wide-ranging consciousness is simultaneously contained and released by her carefully crafted lines and stanzas, comprising a 21st-century catechism that looks beyond the rural Wisconsin community where it was formed into a beautifully dangerous world where there are no easy answers.
Honorable Mention in WFOP's 2017 Chapbook contest.
Step on a Crack by Marilyn L Taylor
Contest Judge Amy Lemmon says:
This is a charming collection in every sense of the word. I was captivated by the sheer technical mastery of these poems, which range from rhymed and metrical forms such as sonnets and villanelles to free verse constructed with equal care. The wide variety of subjects and perspectives is also enchanting—we hear the voice of a daughter, a granddaughter, a mother, a grandmother, a pageant mom—and the diction shifts effortlessly from naïve to older-but-wiser, showing the reader glimpses of history and memory as well as our present state of affairs.
First Place David Southward for the poem “Working (It) Out with Teena Marie”
Second Place was Colleen Nehmer for the poem "Monday Morning." Poem is featured on her Member's Page here.
Third Placement to Paula Schulz for the poem “Sumac”
John Walser, Jeanie Tomasko and Sara Kosmicki won honorable mentions.
Read judge Mark Doty's comments here.