Rock River Poetry Contest winners announced
The Rock River Poetry Contest VI is pleased to announce this years winners. The national winner is For This We Have Survived by Robert Mills; and the Illinois winner is At Seventeen I Learned the Truth by Allison Joseph. The national winner is awarded $100, and the Illinois winner is awarded $50. These poems will be published in The Rock River Times, this years sponsor of the Rock River Poetry Contest.
In addition, the following poems have been selected to be published throughout the year in The Rock River Times: Mice and Scientific Experiment by Carol Atkins; Apocalypse on Sherman Street by Ed McManis; September 2001 and dream time by Charles Farrell Thielman; Comfort by Devorah Namm; Rosietos, Opening the Summer Cottage and Baking Cookies by Bonnie Kepplinger; After School by Ron Rehfeldt; Rimbauds Bridges by
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J.G. Mark; Penmanship and Black Raspberry Tart by Elizabeth Kerilowske; After 9/11 by Beatrice G. Davis; Subway Medusa by Therese Baader Gump; DeKalb Samaritan by Jeffrey Mortan; Construction Site by Robert Mills; Looking for poets and Collision by Allison Joseph; North, Fourth of July, 2001 and July 5, 2001 by Katherine Howd Machan; and Deja Vu by Cal Thorpe.
Several hundred poems were submitted from all around the United States and even Canada. The poems were judged anonymously, poem by poem. A broad spectrum of poetic talent was submitted, and the competition was very tough. Many fine poems came close to making it into publication, and no poet should feel that not placing in this poetry contest is a commentary on the value of his work. We appreciate all the support, which makes possible the publication of these poems in a special Writers Garret coming to The Rock River Times.
The Writers Garret will be a column written by Christine Swanberg, who also founded the Rock River Poetry Contest several years ago. The Garret will give space to the poems selected in this years contest as well as helpful commentary and advice for writers in general. Look for it soon.
Thanks again to all the poets who helped make the Rock River Poetry Contest VI a real event and for bringing poetry to Rockford via The Rock River Times. May 2002 be a great year for you and your writing.