Patrick Donnelly Announces the 2017 Poetry Contest Winners

We are very pleased to present the winners of this year’s poetry contest, judged by Patrick Donnelly, with his comments on the prize-winning poems:

1st PlaceElton Glaser, “The Fifties, from the Back Row” $500

“This poem delighted me with the assured way it talks, with its wit, its long and sensually specific memory, and its deep understanding of how public and private cultures exist in contradiction.”

2nd PlaceJanet Reed, “Toughs: A Pantoum to the Third-Grade” $200

“Read aloud, this poem has a gorgeous mouth-feel, seeming to channel Gerald Manley Hopkins’ way of making strong, sharp music with words and syntax, as it describes the serious awfulness of childhood.”

3rd PlaceCharles Atkinson, “Less”  $100

“This poem touched me very much with its intimate, painful account of one person caring for another whose body is failing. The speaker’s gaze is steady, tender, alert to the human poetry of the encounter.”

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):

Roberta Marggraff, “Arcade”

Allen Tullos, “The Dream of Calibration”

Anna Mullen, “Oshodi Birds”

Matthew Spireng, “Haunted”

Our thanks to everyone who entered, and our congratulations to the winners!  Their poems will be in our Spring/Summer issue, coming out soon.  If you would like a copy, send us a check for $10 made out to “Western New England University,” and addressed to Janet Bowdan, Common Ground Review, Box 5132, Western New England University, 1215 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield, MA  01119.  Mention this post, and we will pay the cost of mailing it.

 

Patrick Donnelly will be judging our 2017 Poetry Contest.
Patrick Donnelly will be judging our 2017 Poetry Contest.

First Prize is $500 and publication in the Spring/Summer issue.

Second Prize is $200 and publication; Third Prize is $100 and publication.

Honorable Mentions will also be published.

The 2017 Poetry Contest will be open for submissions via Submittable on December 24th–first night of Chanukah AND Christmas Eve–or you can send poems snail mail to us at Common Ground Review, Box H-5132, Western New England University, 1215 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield, MA  01119.

What should you send?  Up to 3 poems, each no more than 61 lines, and a check for $15 made out to Western New England University.

The contest closes on March 1st, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to our 2016 contest winners!

1st-place-ribbon

First prize $500:
“Listen up, girl” by Meghan DePeau
Second prize $200:
“Paying Tribute” by Neal Whitman
Third prize $100:
“(on the telephone)” by Marian Kaplun Shapiro

Of Meghan DePeau’s “Listen up, girl,” Stephanie Lenox said, “There were many poems in this batch about the parent/child relationship, but this one really called my attention with its insistent and unapologetic voice.”

Of Neal Whitman’s “Paying Tribute,” Stephanie Lenox said, “This poem kept shifting as I read it. The strange ways the line breaks and words changed meaning as I read drew me to this poem.”

And of Marian Kaplun Shapiro’s “(on the telephone),” Stephanie Lenox said,  “I love a good prose poem, and the language-play in this one makes me happy.”

We would like to thank everyone who sent their poems for this year’s contest, and we hope to see your work again next year!

 

Annual Poetry Contest:

$500 First – $200 Second – $100 Third Prizes 

and publication in Common Ground Review

2017 Contest Judge to be announced.  Contest will open in January 2017.

You can now submit your contest poems via the Submittable link on our Submissions page!  All the details are available there.

If you want to mail your contest poems, send 1-3 unpublished poems under 61 lines, a brief biography, SASE and a $15 check made out to Western New England University.  Please write “CGR Contest” in the memo section of the check, and mail the submissions by March 15th to:

Janet Bowdan, Editor
Common Ground Review H-5132
Western New England University
1215 Wilbraham Rd.
Springfield, MA 01119

Please include contact information (name, address, email and phone number) on a cover sheet with a list of poem titles, but not on the poems themselves.

We do NOT accept simultaneous submissions for the contest.

Enclose SASE for a list of winners and honorable mentions.

Honorable mentions will be published.


Congratulations to our 2015 contest winners!

First prize $500:
“Good Work” by  Matthew J. Spireng
Second prize $200:
“Each Life Converges to Some Centre” by Beth Paulson
Third prize $100:
“I Walk in the Gentle Wood” by Diana Wolfe Larkin

We would like to thank everyone who sent their poems for this year’s contest, and we hope to see your work again next year!

The judge for the 2015 poetry contest was Nicole Terez Dutton