Poetry Contest Winners

Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest Winners

After pouring over more than 400 pages of submissions, our panel of experts led by Marge Piercy selected the cream of the crop. Congratulations to all of the folks who made the effort to craft a fine turn of phrase. The world of words is better for your work.

Click on the links to read the poems.

Regional Results:

1st place: Old Women Talking by Wilderness Sarchild (Brewster)
2nd place: Africa Is The Mother Who Lies In The Grass by Donna O’Connell (South Orleans)
3rd place: Mashed Potatoes by Susan Berlin (Yarmouth Port)

Mistakes of Attraction by Brett Warren (Dennis, MA), Uncle by Maeve Hitzenbuhler (Cotuit), Demise by J. Lorraine Brown (Mashpee), Marsh Hawk Moon by Paula J. Ericson (Wellfleet), The Taste of Salt by Tom Chilton (Falmouth), and Tritina for My Mother by Marietta Nilson (Harwich).

National Results:

1st place: Blessing for an Imminent Death by Ellen LaFleche (Northampton, MA)
2nd place: The Lengthening of Longing by Miriam Bat-Ami (Mattawan, MI)
3rd place: Water Dreaming by Deirdre Callanan (Nokomis, FL)

Ebola Blanket by Joan Murray (Old Chatham, NY), The Free Cake Man by Kathleen Donkin (Gardiner, ME), Snow Tease by Amy Souza (Arlington, VA), Hamsah by Yiskah Rosenfeld (Albany, CA), and And Still the Bamboo Sings by James Zimmerman (Pleasantville, NY)