Oregon Poetry Association Fall 2019 Contest Winners

Poet’s Choice — Carl Adamshick, Judge

1st Place: “Tiny Blue Flowers” by Danielle Stricklin, Eugene, OR

2nd Place: “Original Face” by Michael Selker, Portland, OR

3rdPlace: “My Selfie Poem” by Cynthia Jacobi, Newport, OR

1st Honorable Mention: “Barbizon Nightgowns” by Sandra Rokoff-Lizut, McMinnville, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “Do Not Be Afraid” by Michael Hanner, Eugene, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Death’s Usher” by Jessica Mehta, Hillsboro, OR

Members Only — Leah Stenson, Judge

1st Place: “You Never Can Replace a Dog You Love” by David Hedges,
West Linn, OR

2nd Place: “To the Moon after the Blood Red Moon” by Amy Baskin, Portland, OR

3rd Place: “Here a Small Rain” by Nancy Christopherson, Baker City, OR

1st Honorable Mention: “El Corazón del Invierno” by Michael Hanner, Eugene, OR        

2nd Honorable Mention: “Even If It Hurts” by Karen Keltz, Tillamook, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “What I Learn” by Lorna Rose, Wenatchee, WA

New Poets — Stephanie Adams-Santos, Judge

1st Place: “Mercy” by Quinn Miller, Portland, OR

2nd Place: “They Try to Remind Us” by James R. Merrill, Salem, OR

3rd Place: “The Bull” by Nadine Fiedler, Portland, OR

1st Honorable Mention: “Stage Four” by Jackie McManus, Lyle, WA

2nd Honorable Mention: “Someday” by Mary Theis, Talent, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Unraveling” by Norm Baxter, Salem, OR

Traditional Form – Blank Verse — John Morrison, Judge

1st Place: “Gifted” by Diana Morley, Talent, OR

2nd Place: “The Prince: First Anniversary” by Carolyn Martin, Clackamas, OR

3rd Place: “Elegy for Hands” by Susan Morse, Salem, OR

1st Honorable Mention: “Full Moons” by Susanne Twight-Alexander, Eugene, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “The Dandelion’s Rant” by Paul Telles, Beaverton, OR

3rd Honorable Mention:1 “Finding My Song” by Barbara Blanks, Garland, TX

Theme – Our Common Life Toni Lumbrazo Luna, Judge    

1st Place: “The Porch in Summer” by Lynn Robertson, Pendleton, OR

2nd Place: “Abatement” by Suzy Harris, Portland, OR

3rd Place: “Debris” by Stephanie Striffler, Portland, OR

1st Honorable Mention: “The Neighbor Brings a Boat Home” by Colette Jonopulos, Denver, CO

2nd Honorable Mention: “Facing the Light” by Jana Carp, Salem, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Earth: An Abecedarian Ode” by Alida Rol, Eugene, OR

OPA congratulates all who participated!

Winning poems will appear under “Poet’s Spotlight” beginning in December.

CASCADIA 2020: Open for Submissions Now

Call for Submissions!

The Oregon Poetry Association sponsors CASCADIA 2020: Oregon’s annual K-12 student poetry contest.  Open for submissions October 15 through December 31, 2019.

Cascadia, the Oregon Student Poetry Contest, serves to nurture poetic talent of young Oregonians by providing an opportunity for their poems to be widely shared, published, and celebrated.

Ten unranked winners in each of four age categories receive $10 cash prizes. All forty winning poems will be published in Cascadia: The Oregon Student Poetry Contest Anthology. Each winner will receive a certificate and a copy of the anthology at the award ceremony in April.

The ten winning poems in both the middle and high school divisions are eligible and may be sent to the annual Manningham Trust Student Contest sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NSFPS). This national competition also awards cash prizes and publication in an anthology.

Former Cascadia award winners include Sophia Mautz, Portland Youth Poet Laureate and Scholastic Art & Writing Awards fellow, as well as South Medford alumnus Kylan Rice, whose poetry can be sampled online at http://dailydoseoflit.com/2012/08/21/poem-kylan-rice/ and http://www.softblow.org/kylanrice.html. Winning poems have also been featured in Chalkboard, the newsletter of the Oregon Council of Teachers of English; read them at http://www.octe.org/uploads/1/7/8/6/17860185/chalkboard.2014.spring.pdf

Writing poetry to enter in the contest is often a class project organized by teachers in the various types of schools. OPA urges parents and teachers to encourage students to enter the contest. This is an excellent opportunity both to encourage and to reward creativity in Oregon students.

OPA is a not-for-profit association whose mission is to:

            • build and sustain a diverse community of Oregon poets

            • provide Oregon poets opportunities to exchange ideas and learn from one another

            • further the appreciation of poetry throughout the state

            • raise awareness of Oregon poets.

Visit us at oregonpoets.org  (See “Student Poetry Resources” under the RESOURCES tab)

Mail entries to:

Lisa E. Baldwin, contest chair
Cascadia Student Poetry Contest   
1252 Redwood Ave., PMB 136
Grants Pass, OR 97527-5592

Questions? Contact Student Contest Chair

2020 Cascadia Student Poetry Contest Guidelines

Poems accepted between October 15, 2019 and December 31, 2019 (postmark deadline)

Division I: Kindergarten – Grade 2

Division II: Grade 3 – Grade 5

Division III: Grade 6 – Grade 8

Division IV: Grade 9 – Grade 12

Contest open to all K-12 students throughout the state of Oregon, including public, private, parochial and home school students.

Each winner will receive a certificate and a copy of Cascadia: The Oregon Student Poetry Contest Anthology, in which all 40 winning poems will be published. Winners will be announced no later than February 1st, 2020; there will be an award ceremony in Spring 2020, at which students will be invited to read their poems.

All winners in Divisions III and IV may be entered into the nationwide 2020 Manningham Trust Student Contest sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. This contest also awards cash prizes and a publication furnished to Manningham Contest winners.

Cascadia Student Contest Rules

  1. Submit one original poem (your own individual creative work) on any subject, in any style or form, with a maximum of 40 lines. The poem must be titled, except for haiku, senryu, or limerick.
  2. Type or word process your poem on a single sheet of standard 8 1/2 X 11 white paper, one side only, in a standard 10-12 point type face; no fancy fonts, graphics, or illustrations. Use black ink.
  3. Send two copies of your poem.

ON THE FIRST COPY, in the upper right hand corner, type your category (I, II, III, or IV) and grade level, name, school, school address and phone number, and the name (first and last)of your writing teacher. Also on this copy, type the following statement: This poem is my own original creative work and has not been copied, in whole or in part, from any other author’s work, including poems posted on the Internet. Then, sign your name below the statement of originality.

ON THE SECOND COPY, type the category and grade level only—check to make sure your name does not appear anywhere on this copy.

  • Mail to:

Lisa E. Baldwin, contest chair
Cascadia Student Poetry Contest                                              
1252 Redwood Ave., PMB 136
Grants Pass, OR 97527-5592

The deadline is December 31, 2019 (postmarked).

2020 Cascadia Student Poetry Contest Checklist

  • The one best poem you are submitting is your own original work and no more than 40 lines
  • Your poem is typed or word processed on one sheet of standard 8.5×11 white paper, black ink
  • Your poem appears on one side of the paper only in a standard 12-point font
  • You are sending two copies of your poem
  • One copy has your poem & in the upper right corner, the Division (I, II, III, or IV), your grade, your name, your school, your school’s address and phone, & your teacher’s first and last name
  • On the second copy of your poem, in the upper right corner, you have typed only the Division (I, II, III, or IV) and your grade––with no name appearing anywhere on this copy.

2019 National Federation of State Poetry Societies MANNINGHAM TRUST STUDENT POETRY WINNERS

Junior Division  Grades 6 through 8th

Judge:   Jana Bouma, Madison Lake, Minnesota

Cash Awards

1st Place    “This Big, Dark World” Bella Robinson, Portland, Oregon,  Grade 6

2nd Place  “My Childhood Poem” William Riebel, Salem, Oregon,  Grade 8

3rd Place  “Thinking Ocean” Caitlin Buffington, Centennial Colorado,  Grade 8

4th Place  “Views of a Vermillion Vineyard” Hannah Philip, Coppell, Texas, Grade 8

5th Place  “Ode in His Memory” Remy Finn, Dallas, Texas,  Grade 8

Honorable Mentions

1st HM  “A Wish or a Want?” Khaki Criss, Dallas, Texas, Grade 8

2nd HM  “A Little Too Familiar” Rachel Haynes, Centennial, Colorado, Grade 8

3rd  HM  I spoke a single word. Marcus Beebe, Jr., Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Grade 8

4th HM “Ode to a Scrunchy” Catherine Gillette, Ferandina Beach, Florida, Grade 8

5th  HM  “Swish Swoosh!” Zainab Nazeer, Lombard, Illinois, Grade 6

Senior Division   Grades 9 through 12th

Judge:   Christina Flaugher, Mapleton, Minnesota

Cash Awards

1st Place  “apothecary of cheongdam-dong” Sarah Kim,  Hinsdale, Illinois  Grade 12

2nd Place “Flying Pitch, Skip” Gloria Wang, Vienna, Virginia Grade 11

3rd Place  “Home Is Far from Where I Stand” Gloria Wang, Vienna, Virginia Grade 11

4th Place  “Gut Reflex” Isabella Jiang, Cresskill, New Jersey  Grade 11

5th Place  “and if only” Isabella Jiang, Cresskill, New Jersey  Grade 11

Honorable Mentions

1st HM “Monsoon Emblem” Isabella Jiang, Cresskill, New Jersey  Grade 11

2nd HM “Alchemy Hour”  Jenna Sawyer, Uniontown, Ohio Grade 11

3rd HM “Pluto” Mykaela Reed, Sugar Grove, Ohio Grade 10

4th HM “When the Dinner Bell Rings” Gloria Wang, Vienna, Virginia Grade 11

5th HM  “Art Poetica” Joe Chen, Lima, Ohio  Grade 12

Special mentions

“Bedtime Story” Isabella Jiang, Cresskill, New Jersey  Grade 11

“Burned Pancakes” Ellen Pearson, Beaverton, Oregon  Grade 12

“Video Game Girl” Alana Scherer, West Des Moines, Iowa Grade 10

“We Meet Again, Beethoven” Nathan Phuong, Fort Wayne, Indiana  Grade 11

“Elegy for the Lost Soul” Gloria Wang, Vienna, Virginia Grade 11

Judge’s Comments:  WOW! What an honor to be asked to judge these stunning poems. I have so much hope for the next generation of poets in this country after reading these poems. Going in I thought this would be easy and these amazingly talented young people blew me out of the water.   The top 40 poems were all strong, beautiful and touched a chord deep inside me. It made the judging extremely difficult. I wish I could have given twenty more awards. I got it down to fifteen and couldn’t go any lower. The wisdom and poise of these poem is stunning. I want to get know every single one of the winners because there’s so much that can learned from them. Thank you for the chance to experience these amazing works.