Winners Announced! – 3rd Annual Provo Poetry Contest

Congratulations to all our winners in the third annual Provo Poetry contest! We received over 200 poems! It was difficult whittling them down to the top ten finalists, but we did it! Then we sent those finalists off to our judge Star Coulbrooke and she selected the winners. We’re still selecting poems to be included in our POEMBALL machines and will send those acceptances out sometime in the next month or so. See the list of winners and finalists below.

We had originally planned a reading and celebration with Speak for Yourself open mic in downtown Provo, and we will likely still do so in the future, so watch for that in coming months. The posters of the all the finalists poems have been printed and will be displayed at a future Provo Art Stroll as well.

1st PLACE WINNER OF $100 CASH!

Victoria Childress for: “City Spring”

Judge’s comments: This multi-layered comment on the facets of a cityscape rising from the ravages of winter, with everything from “pollen graffiti” to “a crop of food carts” proving the release of all that has waited frozen in time and emotion, is brought to a profusion of color and fragrance before it ends, surprisingly, in a somber intellect, the “druidic circles of deer.”

2nd PLACE WINNER OF $50 CASH!

Dayna Patterson for: “Our Lady of the WIC Check”

Judge’s comments: A stunning, credible sensitivity in this praise song to one of the most prevalent and stigmatized conditions of American experience, entirely observant of detail, transforming each from the quirky and the mundane to the beautiful, to pure joy, “praising all the way home.”

Two honorable mentions receive a $25 gift certificate to Pioneer Book:

Rob Carney for “Why We Have Spiders”

Judge’s comments: What we think we don’t want, what we get, what we give up, described in winsome imagery.

Dayna Patterson for “[Pummel my tough heart, oh Mother-Goddess]”

Judge’s comments: The images here are fascinating, an incredible modern motherly feminist take on the old Donne classic.

Finalists (in no particular order)

“Forwards” by Maria Rosa Mills
“Héloise to Abelard” by Natasha Sajé
“I. In the Style of Emily Dickinson” by Victoria Childress
“One Morning” by Maurine Haltiner
“to the twelve muskrats moving in a line behind my chain link fence at dawn in Salt Lake City on the first of September 2019” by Natasha Sajé
“Why We Have Blue Jays” by Rob Carney


Want to know more about Provo Poetry? Follow our websiteFacebook, or Twitter. Open mic poetry readings happen the second Tuesday of every month at Pioneer Book. Click here for more information.

30 Poems in 30 Days + Free online NaPoWriMo workshop via the Community Writing Center

30 POEMS IN 30 DAYS COMPETITION

Announcing the Community Writing Center’s Annual 30 Poems in 30 Days Writing Competition! Write 30 poems based on daily prompts throughout the month of April. Winners will have a chapbook of their original poems produced by the CWC.

Register by April 30th, either online or in person, for just $5 (fee can be waived on request).

April 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., the first of the 30 writing prompts will be posted on the CWC’s Facebook (@CommunityWritingCenter) and Instagram (@slcc_cwc) accounts. Each morning, a new prompt will be posted. Participants must meaningfully incorporate each prompt into the corresponding poem. Contestants must submit their poems via Submittable or in person at the CWC by May 9, 2020 @ 3 p.m. Please see our full rules and regulations.

REGISTER FOR 30 POEMS IN 30 DAYS


NaPoWriMo

4-Part Workshop
Saturdays April 4, 11, 18, & 25, 1 – 3 pm

April is National Poetry Month! Join the CWC for an online workshop that celebrates poetry in all its glory! We’ll explore various genres of poetry, learn to compose poems, and practice revising and sharing our work. We also encourage you to submit to our 30 Poems in 30 Days contest – winners will have a chapbook of their original work published by the CWC.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.
Location: Location: Online–Details TBA

Register For NaPoWriMo

2nd Annual Provo Poetry Contest! Winners to be announced in April

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Second Annual Provo Poetry Contest–Cash Prizes!

Thank you for sending your short poems to help promote poetry in Utah! Winners will be announced in April and will be featured at Speak For Yourself Open Mic on April 18th.

DEADLINE: February 1, 2019

ENTRY FEE: Free to enter.

JUDGE: Paisley Rekdal – Utah’s current poet laureate

Paisley Rekdal was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee;  the hybrid photo-text memoir, Intimate; and five books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos; Six Girls Without Pants; The Invention of the Kaleidoscope; Animal Eye, a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize; and Imaginary Vessels, finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Prize and the Washington State Book Award. Her work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Residency, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes (2009, 2013), the AWP Creative Nonfiction Prize, and various state arts council awards. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New Republic, Tin House, the Best American Poetry series (2012, 2013, 2017 and 2018), and on National Public Radio, among others. She teaches at the University of Utah, where she is also the creator and editor of the community web project Mapping Salt Lake City. In May 2017, she was named Utah’s Poet Laureate.

PRIZES:

CONTEST GUIDELINES:

  • Poets must have lived or spent significant time in Utah at some point in their lives.
  • Poems must be appropriate for a general audience (rated PG).
  • Provo Poetry is an all-inclusive community. Do not send poems with topics/speech related to hate, shaming, or cultural appropriation.

POEM LENGTH: Short poems of about 20 lines or less.

NUMBER OF POEMS: Send up to ten poems.

EMAIL POEMS: Send a single email with a separate attachment for each poem (up to 10 poems attached separately) to provopoetry@gmail.com.

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED: Previously published poems are permitted.

ACCEPTED POEMS: You will be notified via email if your poems are accepted for inclusion in the POEMBALL machines. POEMBALL machines are located at Pioneer Book and Enliten Bakery and Café in downtown Provo, as well as at KRCL 90.9 FM in Salt Lake City. Poets names will be mentioned on the poems.

Distribution methods may vary. No monetary payment will be provided to poets other than the winners as noted, but please know your contribution is important and appreciated! The key objective of Provo Poetry is to instill the love of poetry within the general community, bring poems to a wider audience, and to support local poets.