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2014 Poetry Contest Winners


Winners of the Wisconsin People & Ideas 2014 Poetry Contest receive cash awards of $500 (first place), $250 (second place), and $100 (third place). The first-place author also receives a one-week artist residency at Shake Rag School for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point, and all three award-winning poets will read at the 2014 Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison this October.
Our 2014 contest honorable mention poems and poets:
  • “
Wild Women in Old Movies” by Margaret Benbow – Madison
  • “Crossing Guard” by Bruce 
Dethlefsen – Westfield
  • “
Her Things Become Her” by Nancy Jesse – Madison
  • “Heaven” by Kathryn Gahl – Two Rivers
  • “
Strip Scrabble” by Dion Kempthorne – Richland Center
  • “
Dollar Store Moon Poems” by Louisa Loveridge Gallas – Milwaukee
  • “
Snow Dance” by Richard Roe – Middleton
  • “
Katsura” by Jason Splichal – Eau Claire
  • “
Another day and we haven’t used Algebra” by Jeanie Tomasko – Madison
  • “Reversal” by Lisa Vihos – Sheboygan
Wisconsin People & Ideas is an independent print and online magazine that showcases fiction and poetry from new and established Wisconsin writers, highlights new works from our visual artists and photographers, and keeps readers informed about the science behind the issues that impact our way of life here in Wisconsin. We are the quarterly magazine of the nonprofit, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters.
This year the poetry contest lead judge is Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland. The 2014 contest was coordinated by Jason A. Smith, editor, Wisconsin People & Ideas, and the preliminary judges were Jeremy Behreandt and John Lehman. The contest received 585 poem submissions from across the state of Wisconsin. All judging was done blindly and ranking was done solely on the merit of individual stories in the opinion of our judges.
Thank you to everyone who submitted their work to the 2014 poetry contest. Your participation is what has made this contest one of the best showcases for Wisconsin poets for over twenty years. Look for the first- through third-place poems to appear in forthcoming issues of Wisconsin People & Ideas, beginning with the spring issue in May 2014. Honorable mention poems will appear in subsequent issue of the magazine, beginning with the Summer 2014 issue. Congratulations to all our winners and honorable mention poets and keep on writing! 
Wisconsin People & Ideas thanks lead and preliminary judges for volunteering their time and efforts to the 2014 contest, and extends a special thanks to 2014 contest sponsors Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point for donating a weeklong artist residency for the first-place winner and the Wisconsin Book Festival for hosting our contest winners' reading. 

Max Garland of Eau Claire is the current Wisconsin Poet Laureate. A first generation college student, Garland left a ten-year career as a mail carrier to pursue his love of poetry. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa in 1989 and has been teaching since 1990; currently he is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In his first poetry collection, The Postal Confessions, which earned the prestigious Juniper Prize for Poetry, Garland chronicles his years carrying the mail in a classic American voice, discovering deeply felt significance within everyday experiences often drawn from the lives of the folks who lived on his rural mail route. Read the Wisconsin People & Ideas interview with Garland here

Begun in 2002 and regularly garnering over 600 poems, this annual contest is one of the finest showcases for emerging and established poets. Wisconsin People & Ideas is the only quarterly magazine in the state that regularly highlights Wisconsin poets and poetry along with fiction and articles by and about Wisconsinites who make our state great. It's through submissions to our annual contest and membership in the Wisconsin Academy that we can continue to fund the magazine and related contests. Entry fees are applied toward paying the prizes and contest-related expenses. So, beyond your entry fee we ask that you please begin your subscription to Wisconsin People & Ideas by becoming a member of the Wisconsin Academy. As a member, you'll also receive a 20% discount on your submissions ($8 instead of $10 per submission of up to three poems) in addition to four issues of the best magazine of contemporary Wisconsin thought and culture.

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