Oregon Poetry Association Spring 2019 Contest Winners

OPA congratulates all the winners below, and thanks them
and all the poets who entered for sharing their work.

Watch for individual poems to appear in Poet’s Spotlight over the coming weeks.

Poet’s Choice — John Sibley Williams, Judge

1st Place: “Maps” by Jennifer Dorner, Klamath Falls, OR

2nd Place: “passing” by Deborah Akers, Portland, OR

3rd Place: “Observing the Arsonist” by Colette Jonopulos, Denver, CO

1st Honorable Mention: “Awaiting the Child” by Carol Ellis, Forest Grove, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “I.” by Tamarah Rockwood, Bainbridge Island, WA

3rd Honorable Mention: “I Want to Speak Norwegian” by Linda Ferguson, Portland, OR

Members Only — José Angel Araguz, Judge

1st Place: “Lake Ridge Drive” by Jennifer Dorner, Klamath Falls, OR

2nd Place: “Birding” by Carol Lantz, Corvallis, OR

3rd Place: “Roadtrip, Interstate 65” by Sallie Ehrman, Ashland, OR

1st Honorable Mention: “Jill Reaches Maturity” by Ann Magill, Ashland, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “Once” by Sherri Levine, Portland, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Killjoy” by Lucy Cotter, Portland, OR

New Poets — Stella Beratlis, Judge

1st Place: “Falling Stars” by Meli Broderick Eaton, Bend, OR

2nd Place: “The Bus Stop Has a Sense of Slow-Down” by Peter Schettkoe, Eugene, OR

3rd Place: “All eyes” by Linda Golaszewski, Portland, OR

1st Honorable Mention: “Freefall” by Lucy Cotter, Portland, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “Question for Mary Oliver” by Linda Budan, Newberg, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Gefilte Fish” by Barry Vitcov, Ashland, OR

Traditional Form – Ghazal — Kathleen McClung, Judge

1st Place: “Slippage” by Eleanor Berry, Lyons, OR

2nd Place: “For a Distant Friend” by Delia Garigan, Hillsboro, OR

3rd Place: “Hiraeth from an Oregon beach to a lost island” by Amelia Díaz Ettinger, Summerville, OR

1st Honorable Mention: “Albert on a Bicycle: A Ghazal” by Robert Eastwood, San Ramon, CA

2nd Honorable Mention: “Be Still” by Nancy Knowles, La Grande, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Late, November” by Zach Zeman, Sacramento, CA

Theme–Climate — Nancy Carol Moody, Judge                        

1st Place: “Loaded trunk falling down a flight of stairs like choir birds” by Shari Crane Fox,
Portland, OR

2nd Place: “Assemblage. The Anthropocene” by Michael G. Smith, Santa Fe, NM

3rd Place: “Impending Water Shortage: Facts & Incantations” by Khadija Anderson, Altadena, CA

1st Honorable Mention: “I Promise to Keep These Promises” by Jennifer Dorner, Klamath Falls, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “Anthem for the Anthropocene” by Alida Rol, Eugene, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Ode to the Worst Air Quality in Two Decades” by Hillary Tully,
Eugene, OR

OPA Congratulates the 2019 Cascadia Contest Winners!

OPA and contest co-chairs Tiel Aisha Ansari and Lisa Baldwin congratulate Oregon’s vibrant and talented community of young poets and their teachers.

Division I: Kindergarten through Second Grade

“Room 8” by Ayala Albrecht, Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner

“Grandma” by Henry Finot, Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner      

“The Bus Ride” by Hazel Hall, Buckman Elementary School, teacher Tor Rockness

“I Love Making Gingerbread Houses” by Lawson Harter, Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner

“The Beginning” by Rose Kerber, Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner

“My Cruise in Hawaii” by Elena May, Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner           

“Mavis” by Kiana Medlock, Battle Creek Elementary School, teacher Corey Kadaja           

“My Feelings” by Bear Mueller, Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner

“Listen” by Madleine Watt,  Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner      

“The Launch” by Roger Wood, Silvies River Charter School, teacher Mariah Kemp

Division II: Third through Fifth Grade

“Sorrowful Wind” by Micah Alvarez, Dayton Grade School, teacher Tonya Hill    

“Understanding” by Emerson Bay, Heritage School, teacher Glen Olsen                

“Late Light ” by Eliza Hardiman, Create Solutions Tutoring, teacher Sara-Lynne Simpson

“It Makes Me Be Me” by Fiona McGrath, Bolton Primary School, teacher Amy Sebastian           

“Horrible Birthday To You” by Morgan Powell, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Jim Juntunen        

“You belong with me… ” by Alina Villa, Dayton Grade School, teacher Tonya Hill                       

“My Chickens! My Chickens! ” by Levi Whitley, Keating Elementary School, teacher Amanda Wilde

“Cynthia’s ‘I wants’” by Rubina Wiedemer, Homeschool, teacher Matthew Wiedemer           

“Math ” by Wyatt Wirth, Keating Elementary School, teacher Amanda Wilde                    

“The Worst in Us ” by Nikhil Wuppalapati, Springville K-8 School, teacher Laura Doolittle         

Division III: Sixth through Eighth Grade

“Moon over the water” by Amy Amato, Roots Academy, teacher Jessica Cavanaugh           

“What Was Going Through Our Minds is a Mystery” by Naomi Donaldson, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriet Wingard              

“Almostness” by Saul Drucker, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriet Wingard

“Trees” by Cody Geer, Judson Middle School, teacher Karen Kinnett                     

“Alone” by WeiLai Nathan, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriet Wingard  

“MY CHILDHOOD POEM” by Wiliam Riebel, Judson Middle School, teacher Karen Kinnett

“Childhood Poem” by Katherine Rincon Rodriguez, Judson Middle School, teacher Karen Kinnett

“This Big, Dark, World” by Bella Robinson, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriet Wingard         

“On Freedon Hill” by Catherine Ruzicka, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriet Wingard         

“Gone” by Chris Ruzicka, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriet Wingard

Division IV: Ninth through Twelfth Grade

“The River” by Zach Brown, Grants Pass High School—Gladiola Campus, teacher Jennifer Rood

“Dependency” by Samantha Conley, Grants Pass High School—Gladiola Campus, teacher Jennifer Rood

“Do Not Disturb” by Janice Gara, Woodburn Academy of Art, Science, and Technology, teacher Chloe Avila

“Show the Light” by Nelly Gridnar, Wellness, Business and Sport School, teacher Charles Sanderson

“What It used to be” by Yaz Howard, Grants Pass High School—Gladiola Campus, teacher Jennifer Rood

“I Understand” by Ricci Mendes, Grants Pass High School—Gladiola Campus, teacher Jennifer Rood

“Burned Pancakes” by Ellen Pearson, Southridge High School, teacher Susan Murai

“Numbing Needles” by Cassie Riley, Grants Pass High School—Gladiola Campus, teacher

“The Water Bear Sonnet” by Helena Soares, Silvies River Charter School, teachers Kim Crosby and Mariah Komp

“NIGHT” by Clea Thomas, St. Mary’s Academy, teacher Sara Salvi

OPA Spring 2019 Contest Opens January 1st

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Submissions open: January 1, 2019
Limit: one poem per category.
Spaces between stanzas do not count as lines.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be published on the OPA website and in OPA’s annual anthology, Verseweavers

Categories

Limit: one entry per category.

1) Poet’s Choice: Limit 80 lines, any subject, any form. Judge: John Sibley Williams.

2) Members Only: Limit 20 lines, any subject, any form. Entrant must be a current OPA member. Judge: José Angel Araguz.

3) New Poets: Limit 30 lines, any subject, any form. A new poet is someone with no more than two poems published in online or print journals. Self-published work is not considered published in this context. Judge: Stella Beratlis.

4) Traditional Form—Ghazal: 10–40 lines, ghazal form, any subject.
Judge: Kathleen McClung.

5) Theme—Climate: Limit 40 lines, any form, on the subject of “climate.”
Judge: Nancy Carol Moody.

Awards

Poet’s Choice: 1st $100; 2nd $50; 3rd $30; 3 HMs.

All other categories: 1st $50; 2nd $30; 3rd $20; 3 HMs.

All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place poems will be published on the OPA website and in the annual anthology of prizewinners, Verseweavers.

Entry Fee

OPA Members—Flat rate of $8 for up to five poems (limit of one poem per category).

Non-members— Flat rate of $15 for up to four poems (limit of one poem per category).

Deadline

Submitted electronically or postmarked byMarch 1, 2019, midnight PDT.

Electronic submissions (preferred; see guidelines below):
https://opa.submittable.com/submit

By mail (see guidelines below):
OPA, Contest Entries, PO Box 14582, Portland, OR 97293.

Spring 2019 Poetry Contest Guidelines

  1. Poems must be your original work, unpublished in print or online, and cannot have been a prior cash winner in any contest. Appearance on personal websites, blogs, Facebook pages, or critique groups does not constitute publication.
  2. You may enter one poem in each category, a different poem in each, without duplication.
  3. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but entry fees are non-refundable. If your poem is accepted elsewhere, notify OPA immediately via Submittable, or contact contest chair at http://oregonpoets.org/contacts/contests-adult-contest-chair or by mail (address below) to withdraw your poem.
  4. Format poems in 10- to 12-point font size, Times New Roman or another standard typeface.
  5. Online submissions at http://OPA.submittable.com are preferred. The submission title is optional. In the comments field, please include your bio (third person, 75 words or less). In the upper-right corner of every page in your submission, indicate category and your poem’s line count. (Title and spaces between stanzas do not count as lines.) Your name or contact information should not appear on the poems. If entering in multiple categories, all poems must be submitted in a single document (limit one poem per category). Please use .doc or .docx format and put your last name at the start of the file name (e.g., “Smith-ContestEntry.docx”).

  6. If unable to submit online, please submit two copies of each poem, one with your name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address, and one without. On both copies, indicate category and your poem’s line count in the upper-right corner. Mail your entries by March 1, 2019 (postmark) to: OPA, Contest Entries, P.O. Box 14582, Portland, OR 97293. Entries will not be returned. Mailed entries must include a cover sheet with the poet’s name, bio (third person, 75 words or less), mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, and a list of poem titles, with a check to cover your entry fee payable to Oregon Poetry Association. An email address is required for all entries. No registered or certified mail, please.
  7. If you join OPA at the time you enter, you are eligible for the Member rate, and for the Members Only category. (Please use the Become a Member option in Submittable prior to making your contest submission or mail your dues to OPA, P.O. Box 14582, Portland, OR 97293). Include a note in your contest entry stating that you have joined OPA.
  8. Poems may not be edited and re-submitted; your submission is final.
  9. Members Only category: OPA sends out notifications in February, notifying you whether your membership is current or needs to be renewed. Watch for emails or postcards. For questions regarding membership, contact Membership Chair at http://oregonpoets.org/contacts/contact-membership-chair.
  10. You may submit up to five poems, limited to one poem per category (up to four poems for non-members, limit one poem per category). OPA members pay a flat rate entry fee of $8 for up to five poems. Non-members pay a flat rate of $15 for up to four poems.
  11. Winners will be notified in April 2019. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place poems will be posted on the OPA website and published in Verseweavers, OPA’s annual print anthology. All rights revert to author after publication. OPA reserves the right to use prizewinning poems on the OPA website, on membership forms, etc.
  12. Submissions not conforming to these rules will be disqualified.