Fall 2020 Poetry Contest Deadline: September 1, 2020

Categories

Limit: one entry per category.

1) Poets Choice: Limit 80 lines, any subject, any form.

Judge: Pepper Trail.

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

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: Eleanor Berry.

4) Traditional Form—Pantoum: Limit 40 lines, any subject.
Judge: Erica Goss.

5) Theme—Community: Limit 40 lines, any form, on the subject of “Community” –  What does it engender? (physical, philosophical, past, present, future?)  Judge: Emmett Wheatfall.

6)  Under 30:  Limit 29 lines, open to anyone under the age of 30, any form, any subject.  Judge:  Marilyn Johnston.

7)  Spanish Language:  Limit 40 lines, original poem, plus poet’s translation in English of his/her own poem, any subject, any form.  Judge:  Jose Angel Araguz.

AWARDS: 

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

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

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 seven poems (limit of one poem per category).

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

Deadline:

Submitted electronically or postmarked by September 1, 2020, midnight PDT. Electronic submissions preferred, see guidelines below.

Fall 2020 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 Poems must be your original work, unpublished in print or online, and cannot have been a prior cash winner in any contest.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 category).

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 WHO WE ARE > Contact OPA > 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. (You can also find this link on the membership page.) 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. 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 and contact information and one without. On both copies, indicate category and your poem’s line count in the upper-right corner. Mail your entries by September 1, 2020 (postmark deadline) 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), contact information, a list of poem titles, and 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 WHO WE ARE > Contact OPA > Membership Chair.

10. You may submit up to seven poems, limited to one poem per category (up to six poems for non-members). OPA members pay a flat rate entry fee of $8 for up to seven poems. Non-members pay a flat rate of $15 for up to six poems.

11. Winners will be notified in October 2020. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place poems will be posted on the OPA website and published in Verseweavers, OPA’s annual 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.

Oregon Poetry Association Poetry Contest Spring 2020 Winners

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

www.oregonpoets.org

                                      Contest Chair: Stella Jeng Guillory

Poet’s Choice — Lynn Otto, Judge

1st Place: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Barbara Blanks, Garland, TX

2nd Place: “Arachnidæa: Line Drawings” by Stephen Pollock, Mebane, NC

3rd Place: “Mind Gloss” by David Hedges, West Lynn, OR

Honorable Mentions

1st Honorable Mention: “Missing” by Suzanne Sigafoos, Portland, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “Women’s Day at the Sauna” by Michelle Williams, Portland, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Facing Backward on the Train” by Dan Kaufman, Central Point, OR

Members Only — Andrea Hollander, Judge

1st Place: “Cradling Dad” by Cathy Cain, Lake Oswego, OR

2nd Place: “Framing” by Don Kunz, Bend, OR

3rd Place: “Dawn Donuts” by Dan Kaufman, Central Point, OR

Honorable Mentions

1st Honorable Mention: “South Africa: A Refugee from Lithuania Reflects on Her New Life”  by Vivienne Popperl, Portland, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “Cold Comfort” by Carol Boutard, Gaston, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “The House of Winter in Summer” by James R Merrill, Keizer, OR

New Poets — Penelope Scambly Schott

1st Place: “Go Round Mary” by Evelyn Gardner, Portland, OR

2nd Place: “Rain” by Jim Johnson, Portland, OR

3rd Place: “Dog bodhisattvas” by Mary Ann Petersen, Eugene, OR

Honorable Mentions

1st Honorable Mention: “She Smiles” by Christian Shute, Cheyenne, WY

2nd Honorable Mention: “It’s Mostly Complaining” by Phillip Wilson, Beaverton, OR;

3rd Honorable Mention: “Seven Encounters with Rainbow” by Tuula Rebhahn, Ashland, OR

Traditional Form- Triolet–— Marc Janssen, Judge

1st Place: “When your Man’s a Drunk” by Joan Dobbie, Eugene, OR

2nd Place: “O World” by David Hedges, West Lynn, OR

3rd Place: “ Mates” by Nita Countryman, Brush Prairie, WA

Honorable Mentions

1st Honorable Mention: “Pale Ring” by Charles Castle, Eugene, OR;

2nd Honorable Mention: “Here and Gone” by Jim Johnson, Portland, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Leaf Ballet” by Emory D. Jones; Inka, MS

Theme – Anticipation– Judge: John Brehm:

1st Place: “IN ATHENS WITH MARGUERITE” by Connie Soper, Portland, OR

2nd Place: “Beethoven Never Saw an Ocean” by Colette Tennant, Salem, OR

3rd Place: “The Way” by Donna Prinzmetal, Portland, OR

Honorable Mentions

1st Honorable Mention:  “Anticipation Spells” by Linda Ferguson, Portland, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “The Pleasures of Whorehouse Meadow” by David Hedges

3rd Honorable Mention: “The Things We Do to Generate Hope” by Michelle Williams, Portland, OR

Under 30 –Judge: David Biespiel:

1st: “Tuesdays But Also Sometimes Never” by Brady Pearson, Portland, OR;

2nd: “She Seems Like a Nice Girl with a Mean Streak” by Eva Parish, New York. NY;

3rd: “keeping up with the kardashians” by Sophie App-Singer, Bend, OR

Honorable Mentions

“Hourglass & Obol” by Alex Hart, Portland, OR

“untitled” by Lexis Sixel, Eugene, OR

“Oaklen’s Ode” by Anastasia Blanchet, Saugerties, NY

OPA Congratulates Cascadia 2020 Winners!

Division I : K-2

All poems in this division came from 2nd graders in this class:

Scouters Mountain Elementary

10811 SE 172nd Ave.

Happy Valley, OR 97086

Teacher—Stephenie Rhea

Abbie Johnson

Azam Yusuf

Corbin Kassab

Elsa Witkowski

Scarlet Herzog

Division II: 3-5

Christian Graham, 3rd grade

Keating Elementary

41964 Miles Bridge Road

Baker City, OR 97814

Teacher—Mrs. Amanda Wilde

Jacob Hill, 3rd grade

Tualatin Elementary School

20405 SW. 95th Ave.

Tualatin, OR 97062

Teacher—Kathryn Lepore

Kashton Anderson, 3rd grade

Keating Elementary

41964 Miles Bridge Road

Baker City, OR 97814

Teacher—Mrs. Amanda Wilde

Kumi Hosaka, 3rd grade

Scouters Mountain Elementary

10811 SE 172nd Ave.

Happy Valley, OR 97086

Teacher—Stephenie Rhea

Malcolm Ly, 3rd grade

Scouters Mountain Elementary

10811 SE 172nd Ave.

Happy Valley, OR 97086

Teacher—Stephenie Rhea

Relia Carrere, 4th grade

Adams Elementary School

950 W. 22nd Ave.

Eugene, OR 97405

Teacher—Jacob Havner

Roger Wood, 3rd grade

Silvies River Charter School

4579 14th Place, South

Salem, OR 97302

Teacher—Sophia Wood

Rubina Wiedemer, 4th grade

Homeschool

440 SW Sutherland Way

Aloha, OR 97006

Teacher—Matthew Wiedemer

Satya Pinney, 4th grade

Create Solutions Tutoring

673 Berry Lane

Ashland, OR 97520

Teacher—Sara-Lynne Simpson

Sunny Soloweij, 3rd grade

Create Solutions Tutoring

673 Berry Lane

Ashland, OR 97520

Teacher—Sara-Lynne Simpson

Division III: 6-8

Bronson Watts, 7th grade

The Marylhurst School

19915 Old River Drive

West Linn, OR  97068

Teacher—Mary Mahorney

Celia Wood, 7th grade

The Marylhurst School

19915 Old River Drive

West Linn, OR  97068

Teacher—Mary Mahorney

Claire Hunsberger, 8th grade

The Marylhurst School

19915 Old River Drive

West Linn, OR  97068

Teacher—Mary Mahorney

Lan Yu Wilson, 7th grade

The Marylhurst School

19915 Old River Drive

West Linn, OR  97068

Teacher—Mary Mahorney

Liam Dubal, 8th grade

The Marylhurst School

19915 Old River Drive

West Linn, OR  97068

Teacher—Mary Mahorney

Liana Kressel, 8th grade

Portland Jewish Academy

6651 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR  97219

Teacher—Harriet Wingard

Lily Manne, 6th grade

Portland Jewish Academy

6651 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR  97219

Teacher—Harriet Wingard

Noam Peleg, 6th grade

Portland Jewish Academy

6651 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR  97219

Teacher—Harriet Wingard

Sadie Tucker, 6th grade

Create Solutions Tutoring

673 Berry Lane

Ashland, OR 97520

Teacher—Sara-Lynne Simpson

Zoe Sweek, 6th grade

Portland Jewish Academy

6651 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR  97219

Teacher—Harriet Wingard

Division IV: 9-12

Abbey Renfro-Gonzalez, 12th grade

Grants Pass High School-Gladiola Campus

1137 SE Gladiola

Grants Pass, OR 97526

Teacher—Jennifer Rood

Amelia Leonard, 12th grade

St. Mary’s Academy

1615 SW 5th Ave.

Portland, OR 97201

Teacher—Sara Salvi

Amy Amato, 9th grade

South Salem High School

740 McGilchrist St., SE

Salem, OR 97302

Teacher—Jessica Cavanaugh

Ellyannah Little, 12th grade

Grants Pass High School-Gladiola Campus

1137 SE Gladiola

Grants Pass, OR 97526

Teacher—Jennifer Rood

Helena Soares, 10th grade

Silvies River Charter School

4579 14th Place, South

Salem, OR 97302

Teacher—Sophia Wood

Jaiden Lehman, 12th grade

Grants Pass High School-Gladiola Campus

1137 SE Gladiola

Grants Pass, OR 97526

Teacher—Jennifer Rood

Jazmine Russell, 11th grade

Grants Pass High School-Gladiola Campus

1137 SE Gladiola

Grants Pass, OR 97526

Teacher—Jennifer Rood

Marcy Weiss, 12th grade

Thurston High School

333 58th Street

Springfield, OR 97478

Teacher—Caroline Koopford

Myah Strand, 12th grade

Grants Pass High School-Gladiola Campus

1137 SE Gladiola

Grants Pass, OR 97526

Teacher—Jennifer Rood

Siena Dattke, 10th grade

Summit High School

2855 NW Clearwater Drive

Bend, OR 97703

Teacher—Bobby McCrea