2017 Triad Contest

Theme Award | Poet’s Choice Award | Kay Saunders Emerging Poet Award

Submission Period: June 1 - September 1, 2017


The deadline for the Triad contest is September 1st. Please consider entering poems in the Poets’ Choice, Theme, and Kay Saunders Emerging Poet categories (for poets who have begun to submit/publish their work, but have not won a poetry contest as an adult). The theme for the Theme Category is Rules or Laws. Use a rule or law as an epigraph or title for your poem.  Rules and entry form are in this Museletter and on the WFOP website. Winners will be notified before the fall conference, and awards will be given at the conference.



POET'S CHOICE AWARD: Judith Vollmer is the judge for the Poet’s Choice category. Her fifth book of poetry, The Apollonia Poems, is forthcoming in early 2017 as winner of The Four Lakes Poetry Prize of the University of Wisconsin Press. Her previous books include The Water Books, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and featured in the Los Angeles Times Book Review and The Door Open to the Fire, awarded the 1997 Cleveland State University Press Poetry Prize and finalist honors for the Paterson Prize. Vollmer has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and residencies from The Corporation of Yaddo, the American Academy in Rome, the Centrum Foundation, and others. She teaches in the undergraduate Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and in the Low Residency MFA Program in Poetry & Poetry in Translation at Drew University. More at judithvollmer.com


THEME AWARD: Charles Hood will judge the theme category.  He is this year’s Felix Pollak Prize winner, and in spring 2017 his book Partially Excited States comes out from Wisconsin University Press. It will be followed a month later by Mouth, winner of the Kenneth Patchen Innovative Fiction Prize. Hood’s previous book South x South was the 2013 Hollis Summers Prize winner, Ohio University Press. A Research Fellow with the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, he also is a freelance art curator and art journalist.In addition to his literary work, Charles is a naturalist who has seen over 5,000 species of birds in the wild, from Tibet to Patagonia to the Sahara. Pending natural history books include a guide to urban wildlife and two field guides (one to birds of California, one to mammals). Charles is descended from many generations of Wisconsin Swedes and Germans, but now lives and teaches in the Mojave Desert. More at charleshoodbooks.viewbook.com


KAY SAUNDERS EMERGING POET AWARD: M Wright is judging the Kay Saunders Emerging Poet category of the Triad. He is the winner of Weisman Art Museum's 'Poetry ArtWords' contest and was awarded second place in the Into the Void Poetry Competition in 2016. He has two forthcoming chapbooks: a boy named jane (Bottlecap Press, 11 Mar 2017) and Dear Dementia (Ghost City Press, 4 Apr 2017). His poems have recently been published in Ghost City Review, Squawk Back, The Rising Phoenix Review, Maudlin House, Barely South Review, and (forthcoming) in Temenos. Wright is currently one of the featured poets in the Saint Paul Almanac's inaugural 'Impressions Project' series, a series of broadsides which have been published and displayed inside trains and buses in the Twin Cities and on bus kiosks and train platforms. Each broadside is a unique poster of a local poet’s poem combined with a local artist’s work as a reflection of that poem.