Contest Winners


by Julie Damerell

Judge's Comment:

This poem drew me in with its compelling opening metaphor of "a dictionary of sand", which she sustains throughout the opening strophe. In the next two strophes, she clearly shows how the thoughts and activities of the mother are inextricably connected to the ocean and the beach.

Poem in the Broken Seasons
by Robert N. Ward

Judge's Comment:

The poet describes the pond and its surroundings in vivid detail. He uses repetition, "watchers, pond, trees" to achieve unity in the poem. The poem's haunting rhythm gently evokes the love motif.

I Must Be Rain

by Maryann Hazen Stearns

Judge's Comment:

A pleasing extended metaphor that comes full circle. Fine images carry the reader to the end, and engage with the idea of how one person can envelope another.