Adult Contest Winners

Fall 2021 Adult Contest Winning Poems for the Members Only Category

Judge: Susan Leslie Moore Judge’s Bio: Susan Leslie Moore’s poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, New York Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, Willow Springs, and elsewhere. She is the author of two chapbooks from Dancing Girl Press, She Preferred to Read the Knives and How to Live Forever. She edited the …

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Read the Winning Poems from OPA’s Poet Choice Category

Fall 2021 Adult Contest Winners in the Poet’s Choice Category Judge – Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, has seven full-length books of poetry, most recently One Small Sun, from Salmon Poetry in Ireland. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Willow Springs, Calyx, and the Internet’s Poetry Daily. A Stegner …

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Announcing the OPA Fall 2021 Adult Contest Winners

Congratulations to all of the poets with winning poems in our Fall contest!  A total of 386 poems were entered, so the competition was rigorous.  Thank you to each of our judges for their expertise and hard work making these decisions, which are never easy with so many wonderful pieces to consider.  I thoroughly enjoyed …

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Spring, 2021, Adult Contest-Winning Poems, Spanish-Language Category

Spring 2021 Adult Contest Winning Poems for the Spanish Language Category Judge: Efraín Díaz-Horna “Recuerdo haber escuchado que un buen poema tiene la gracia de invitarnos a bailar, a pensar o a luchar con la ambiguedad de las palabras. El poema nos invita a destilar la esencia, el mensaje, de la ofrenda que nos hace …

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Spring 2021 Contest Winning Poems in Category “Under 30”

2021 Spring Contest Winning Poems in the Under 30 Category Judge: Tiel Aisha Ansari First Place: “etymology for rage” by Ashley Baker I am scrolling for the words, the poem to send you, shopping for the one that’s not too angry today, like America, one that is raging quietly like most women I know, like …

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Spring 2021 Contest Winners in “Traditional” Category

2021 Spring Contest Winners for the Traditional Category (Dizain) Judge: John Sibley Williams First Place: “In the Key of Melancholy” by Barbara Blanks A sigh of shadows slips between the stars, creates a somber lyric when the sky and moon are strummed like out-of-tune guitars. The thrum of sounds, their smoky purrs awry as restless …

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Spring 2021 Contest Winning Poems, Theme Category “Emergence”

2021 Spring Contest Winning Poems for the Theme Category: Emergence Judge – Rachel Barton First Place: “Because You Asked” by Michael Hanner Death is the return to the place we came from. Some say it looks a lot like McDonald, Goshen or East of Eden. I got here via my parents’ assault on the nothingness …

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Spring 2021 Contest Winners, New Poets Category

2021 Spring Contest Winners in the New Poets Category Judge: Clements Starck First Place Tie: “Garden on Thanksgiving Morning” by Carol Boutard Pathways raked in July are covered with leaves, nothing thriving but billows of chickweed, sturdy rosettes of hawksbeard and mahonia which shakes fists of yellow buds at the sky. Brush dragged into piles …

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Spring 2021 Poetry Contest Winners, Members Only Category

Spring 2021 Adult Poetry Contest Winners in the Members Only Category (Judge: Colette Tennant) First Place: “From the Journals of Rumpelstiltskin” by Linda Ferguson I gave myself the name. So many syllables – delicious – like chocolate and almonds or the wrinkles of dried cherries and shards of coconut all tumbling between tongue and teeth. …

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