Provo Poetry 2018 Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to all our winners in the first annual Provo Poetry contest! We received over 500 poems! It was difficult whittling them down to the top ten short poems and the top ten micro poems, but we did it! Then we sent those finalists off to our judge Lance Larsen and he selected the winners. We also selected 58 of the contest entered poems to be included in our POEMBALL machines. See the list of winners and finalists below.

Please come help us celebrate with all the finalists for a feature poetry reading at Speak For Yourself Open Mic on Thursday, May 10 at 7:30pm at Enliten Bakery and Café in downtown Provo.

And make sure to watch for the micro poem winners and finalists poems at the Utah Valley Marathon! There poems will be printed on special race bibs for runners to wear during the race coming up on June 9, 2018.

SHORT POEM WINNER OF $100 CASH!

Mike Mortensen for his poem: “The Day’s Manna”

Two honorable mentions receive a $10 gift certificate to Pioneer Book:

Dennis Clark for “Sand-barite rosette”
Rob Carney for “For Your Essay, Define Greatness”

Short Poem Finalists (in no particular order)

Olivia Snow
Michael McLane
MacKenzie Cook
Maurine Haltiner
Susan Foster
David Lindsay
Madalyn McRae Gunnell

MICRO POEM WINNER OF $50 CASH!

Rob Carney for his poem: “Is That What You’re Wearing?”

Two honorable mentions receive a $10 gift certificate to Pioneer Book:

Maurine Haltiner for “Hot August Days”
Susan Foster for “Maestoso”

Short Poem Finalists (in no particular order)

Aiden Deletant
Dennis Clark (2 poems)
Ned Snell
Rob Carney (additional poem)
Steven Duncan
Susan Foster (additional poem)


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1st Annual Provo Poetry Contest! Cash prizes / Free to enter, DEADLINE: Feb. 1, 2018

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First Annual Provo Poetry Contest–Cash Prizes!

Send your short/micro poems to help promote poetry in Utah!

DEADLINE: February 1, 2018

ENTRY FEE: Free to enter.

PRIZES: A winner will be selected for each of two categories: Short Poems and Micro Poems.

JUDGE: Lance Larsen – Utah’s poet laureate from 2012-2017

This year’s judge is Lance Larsen, poet laureate of Utah from 2012-2017. His work appears widely in venues such as Poetry, Slate, Southern Review, New York Review of Books, Poetry Daily, and Best American Poetry.  He has received a number of awards, including a Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A professor at BYU, he is the author of four poetry collections, with a fifth, What the Body Knows, forthcoming from University of Tampa in early 2018.

SHORT POEM CATEGORY (20 lines or less):

MICRO POEM CATEGORY (3 lines or less):

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. Micro poems of 3 lines or less (think Haiku, but any form is fine).

NUMBER OF POEMS: Send up to ten poems.

EMAIL POEMS: We prefer a separate attachment/document for each poem sent in a single email 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 or for Utah Valley Marathon bibs. POEMBALL machines are located at Pioneer Book and Enliten Bakery and Café in downtown Provo. Accepted poems will be printed for distribution into the community in and around Provo. 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.